Applications are now open for wildlife conservation grants.
The Arkansas Economic Development Division of Rural Services has more than $735,000 available through the grant program. The application for grant funding is open through Oct. 8.
Drawn from fines collected by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the grant funding is available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.
“Education is foundational for economic development,” Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said in a statement. “It leads to stronger communities, greater incomes, and more opportunities. These funds not only support enhanced educational opportunities, but they also help us to preserve our state’s wildlife for future generations to enjoy. I encourage all of our school districts to apply.”
According to an AEDC news release, the grant funding can cover a wide range of programs, including “the study of general fish and wildlife conservation issues, Project WILD Workshops, Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program, Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program, Fishing in the Natural State, Arkansas Stream Team, School Yard Habitat Site Development, and specialized AGFC conservation education/educator training workshops focused on the programs above. Funds may also be used for field trips to AGFC Nature Centers, Conservation Education Centers, and Wildlife Management Areas.”