Wildlife Foundation of Florida Grants

Hunting Conservation Plate

Available to FWC and Non—FWC applicants

We often use the informal “Deer Tag” title when referring to this program. This is a new funding stream for the Foundation. In 2014, the Florida Legislature transferred administration of the “Deer Tag” to the Foundation. The program focus is on providing funds to benefit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). However, the FWC is not the exclusive recipient of tag funds. A significant portion of the funds will be available to eligible non-FWC applicants. Eligible non-FWC applicants include units of federal, state or local government, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, volunteer organizations (i.e., “friends” groups). The Foundation may also, at its sole discretion, consider proposals from private for-profit applicants as well as private individuals.

The 2016-17 grant application cycle has closed. All applications received from this point forward will be accepted in consideration for the next grant cycle.

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The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc.
Wildlife Foundation of Florida Tag
Grant Program
FY 2016-17

DEADLINE: 4:00 PM on January 11, 2016 for all submittals

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. (Foundation) will accept proposals for funding under the Wildlife Foundation of Florida Tag (WFF) grants program. Grants under this program are funded through proceeds from sales of the Wildlife Foundation of Florida affinity license tag (informally known as The Deer Tag).

In 2014, the Florida Legislature transferred administration of the “Deer Tag” to the Foundation. The program focus is on providing funds to benefit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). However, the FWC is not the exclusive recipient of tag funds. A significant portion of the funds will be available to eligible non-FWC applicants. Eligible non-FWC applicants include units of federal, state or local government, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, volunteer organizations (i.e., “friends” groups). The Foundation may also, at its sole discretion, consider proposals from private for-profit applicants as well as private individuals.

The Foundation has established a new participative and transparent grant process driven by a representative Grant Committee. The duties of the Grant Committee are to set priorities for each funding cycle, to receive and evaluate all grant proposals and make funding recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The members of the WFF Grants Committee are:

  • Newton Cook, Board of Directors Future of Hunting in Florida
  • Tom Knight, South Florida Field Representative, National Rifle Association
  • Blair Wickstrom, Publisher at Florida Sportsman
  • Jim McClellan, Avid Outdoorsman and Blogger
  • Denise Davis Helms, Vice President and Secretary of the Florida State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, President and event coordinator of Women in the Outdoors, Quail Creek
  • Lane Stephens, Future of Hunting in Florida and Florida Legislative Sportsman’s Caucus Staff Director
  • Diane Eggeman, FWC Division of Hunting and Game Management – Committee Advisor

Applicants must submit proposals for WFF grant support to the Grant Committee for consideration. The Grant Committee will submit a prioritized list of proposals to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval. The project period will be from July 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017 (18-months).

Eligible non-FWC applicants include units of federal, state or local government, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, volunteer organizations (i.e., “friends” groups). The Grant Committee may, at its sole discretion, consider proposals from private for-profit applicants as well.

Two types of projects will be funded during the 2016-17 grant cycle:

  1. Youth Hunting and Outdoor Conservation: 50% of the available funds will be used to support youth hunting and outdoor conservation education and programs in Florida. This portion of the grant process will be open to all applicants.
  2. Access and Amenities on Hunting Lands: 50% of the available funds will be used to improve access and amenities on hunting lands. Examples include cleaning stations, food plots, and other measures to benefit hunters and provide better access and amenities for visitors. This portion of the grant process will be open only to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. These requests will take the form of grants submitted by FWC to the Grant Committee.

The following schedule outlines the dates for appropriate action for FY 2016-17 WFF Tag grant proposals.

January 11, 2016 Deadline for all proposals to be submitted to the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
TBD January-February 2016 Proposals sent to the WFF Grants Committee for initial review.
February 2016 Grant Committee meets to determine final funding priority list. The committee will forward this list to the Board of Directors of the Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Inc. for final action.
TBA March – April, 2016 The Board of Directors annual Grants Meeting to consider projects and make final grant awards.
April – May, 2016 All applicants notified of the Board’s decision. Successful applicants will receive formal award letters.
July 1, 2016 Projects commence.

Chapter 320.08056, F.S. Specialty License Plates

Bill Bibby
850/617-9650
Bill.Bibby@MyFWC.com

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