Arizona Game & Fish Heritage Grant: Urban Wildlife and Urban Habitat

Arizona Game and Fish Department

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 31, 2020 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Arizona

Location of residency: Arizona

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Urban Wildlife/Urban Habitat (Urban) is 1 of 6 subcategories of the Arizona Game and Fish Heritage Grant (HG) program.

Urban refers to Heritage Fund monies used for conserving, enhancing and establishing wildlife and wildlife habitat within, or in close proximity to, urban areas. Per Arizona Revised Statute “Urban Wildlife” is designated as wildlife that occurs within the limits of an incorporated area or in close proximity to an urban area that receives significant impact from human use. (A.R.S. 17-296(6)).

Funds will be available under the Urban Wildlife/Urban Wildlife Habitat grant funding source for projects that conserve, enhance and establish wildlife habitats and populations in harmony with urban environments, and that increase public awareness of and support for urban wildlife resources. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Potential grant recipients must have a project that is either located in Arizona or involves research in which the wildlife or its habitat is located in Arizona.
  • Eligible applicants include the:
    • any non - profit  group which  meets  the  Internal Revenue Service definition of a 501(c) organization
    • federal government
    • any federal department or agency
    • Indian tribes
    • all departments, agencies, boards, commissions and political subdivisions of the state of Arizona
    • counties
    • school districts
    • charter schools
    • cities
    • towns
    • all municipal corporations
  • Eligible applicants may sponsor a private or not-for profit organization.
    • For example, a club wants to improve fish habitat in an urban lake. They can approach the city where the urban lake is located and request that the city sponsor them on a grant application under URBAN. If the city agrees to sponsor the project, the city must sign and submit the application to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
    • The sponsor (in this case, the city) is the applicant and takes responsibility for the project and fulfillment of the Grant Agreement. 
  • Applicants must certify that proposed projects shall be in compliance with all State regulations, any applicable Federal or local regulations, rules, or laws; certify that the proposed project will be undertaken if a grant is awarded; and provide documented evidence of control and tenure of the project site.
  • Grants can only be awarded for projects that occur on publicly held lands as specified in Arizona Game and Fish Administrative Rule R12-4- 701, which defines requirements applicable to Article 7, Heritage Grants. 
  • The applicant must control land or waters on which capital improvements are made (through fee title, lease, easement, or agreement).
    • Control must be adequate for protection, maintenance, and use of the improvement throughout its useful life.
  • URBAN grants are for projects that conserve, enhance and establish wildlife habitats and populations in harmony with urban environments.
  • The intent is to fund URBAN projects that give the greatest return for the Heritage funds invested consistent with eligibility criteria listed below:
    • Criterion 1: Human/Wildlife Conflicts
      • Educational projects or programs that assess and develop proactive measures to reduce the risk of critical incidents and other human/wildlife conflicts in urban areas; including land management practices and public awareness programs with emphasis on an integrated community approach.
    • Criterion 2: Watchable Wildlife Viewing
      • Festivals that focus on wildlife or wildlife habitat values; includes planning, promotion and implementation.
      • Projects to develop and implement wildlife-viewing programs and activities (e.g., partnerships in watchable wildlife viewing workshops, field trips, presentations, support materials, promotion, etc.) in urban areas and at urban-eligible AGFD wildlife areas including site development (e.g., viewing blinds, interpretive signage, trail and facility development, etc.).
      • Projects supporting nature tourism marketing including partnering opportunities with related agencies, businesses and communities in promoting and developing wildlife viewing conferences, communication plans, site assessments and enhancements.
      • Research related to watchable wildlife-viewing recreation (nature tourism) that attempts to understand the watchable wildlife-viewing market in Arizona including, but not limited to: expectations for satisfying experiences, importance of specific wildlife species of interest, willingness to pay for valued watchable wildlife-viewing experiences, economic impact on local communities, etc.
    • Criterion 3: Wildlife Corridors/Habitat Conservation 
      • Projects or programs supporting and/or promoting urban smart growth efforts while limiting urban/rural sprawl to better address wildlife habitat conservation as outlined in AGFD’s wildlife friendly development guidelines and county connectivity reports.
        • May include land-use planning actions during the preservation, development, or redevelopment of a neighborhood, community or region to include in-fill development and incorporating wildlife habitat connectivity in development plans.
        • Should consult with Department employees where appropriate to include recommendations for keeping wildlife/human interactions to a minimum.
      • Projects to increase wildlife permeability across urban barriers such as roads and canals (such as fencing, culverts, land bridges, signage, etc.) in areas identified as important for wildlife connectivity as outlined in county connectivity or detailed linkage design plans or through monitoring efforts such as roadkill or telemetry studies.
        • Projects may include monitoring and research, placing structures such as fencing or signage following recommendations in the Department’s Wildlife Friendly Development of Fencing Guidelines as appropriate, or creation of recommendations to make the studied barrier(s) more permeable to one or more species of wildlife.
      • Research or monitor (baseline and/or post-construction) the impacts of new or proposed development in urban areas, including, but not limited to, movement or corridor use studies using GPS collars or roadkill or other baseline fauna inventory monitoring. 
    • Criterion 4: Urban and Community Fishing Waters
      • Projects that improve sport fishery populations in urban or community fishing waters, (e.g., fish habitat enhancements, the installation or replacement of water aeration systems, shoreline stabilization, nuisance waterfowl management and outreach, and any water quality improvements).
      • Projects that increase angling recreation capacity at urban or community fishing waters such as expanded parking, improved shoreline access, or shade structures or trees specifically beneficial to anglers.
      • Projects that include the construction or renovation of public fishing ponds.
  • To be eligible for Urban funding the project must be within the corporate limits of any incorporated city or town; or within 5 miles (straight-line distance) of the boundary; or an area (beyond the 5-mile boundary) that receives significant impact from residential development, as determined by the Department. 


  • A grant applicant must not have an out-of-compliance HG project or a HG project in extension. 
  • Pre-agreement Costs - Costs incurred prior to the effective date of the Grant Agreement (preagreement costs) are only allowed as match or donation and must be documented and specified as such in the project proposal. 
    • Pre-agreement costs are not an allowable Heritage Grant expenditure.
  • Overhead And/or Indirect Costs - Overhead and/or indirect costs are not eligible for HG funds. Overhead and/or indirect costs can be included as match, if properly documented. 
  • Project Information - HG applications for less than $500 will not be considered.
  • Grant proposals that do not meet one or more of the Eligibility Criteria listed under Eligibility will be rejected.