Wildlife Foundation of Florida Grants
Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Hunting Conservation Plate

Deadline for Submittals: 4:00 pm on September 30, 2017


The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. (Foundation) is dedicated to the conservation, management and sustainable recreational enjoyment of Florida’s outstanding lands, waters and wildlife. Each year, the Foundation requests proposals for funding via the proceeds of sales of the “Wildlife Foundation of Florida” specialty license plate.

Eligible Applicants and Projects:

Eligible applicants include federal, state or local government agencies, public and private colleges and universities; and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, including all-volunteer organizations (e.g., “Friends of…” groups). The Foundation may also, at its sole discretion, consider proposals from private, for-profit organizations.

The Florida Legislature assigned administration of the WFF (aka “deer tag”) license plate to the Foundation in 2014, “to fund programs and projects within the state that preserve open space and wildlife habitat, promote conservation, improve wildlife habitat, and establish open space for the perpetual use of the public.”

The Foundation under these guidelines has focused its grant making on conserving and managing lands open to public hunting; improving access to, and amenities on, public hunting lands; supporting hunting stakeholder meetings; promoting gun safety and youth hunting programs; and generally fostering the shootings sports in Florida, including archery. These remain the principal interests of this program and grant cycle. A list of past grants can be found here for guidance.

Grant Size:

Grant requests up to $125,000 will be considered. Most grants will range from $1,000 to $20,000. The applicant’s ability to procure matching funds from other sources may have bearing on the possibility of being funded, but is not a prerequisite.

The project period will be from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 (18 months).


Mrs. Erin Smart, esmart@wildlifeflorida.org

Apply Online:

If you are new to the Wildlife Foundation of Florida grant application process, when you click the link below, you will need to Signup to create a user account by entering a unique e-mail address and a password. You will then be taken to the application form.

When you create your user account, please use the following as your e-mail address:

wff-######@fishwildlifeflorida.org((Replace the # symbols with a 6 digit number of your choice)

The wff-###### prefix will then be assigned as your Proposal ID # on your application. If the system says that e-mail address already exists in the system, then choose a different six digit number. Note that you will be asked to supply your personal e-mail address elsewhere within the application, so do not use your personal e-mail address as this user account. Make sure you save the e-mail address and password you create so you will have it for future reference.

If you wish to submit multiple grant applications, please repeat this process by setting up a unique new user account using the above e-mail address format for each application.

Please disregard the instruction on the login/signup page the link below will take you to that says to use your e-mail address.

Important Dates:

September 30, 2017 – Deadline for all proposals to be submitted to the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

December 11, 2017 – The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. Board of Directors determines grant awards.

December 18, 2017 – All applicants notified of the Board’s decision. Successful applicants will receive formal award letters.

January 1, 2018 – Projects commence.