Heritage Grant: Identification, Inventory, Acquisition, Protection, and Management (IIAPM) Fund

Arizona Game and Fish Department

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $200,000

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

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit For-Profit Business Indigenous Group

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

Location of project: Arizona

Location of residency: Arizona

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The Heritage Fund is used to protect endangered species, acquire habitat for the benefit of sensitive species, provide access to outdoor recreational opportunities, and educate children and adults about wildlife.

The Heritage grants are supported by revenue from Arizona Lottery sales and are available to projects that focus on wildlife, including wildlife education, schoolyard habitats and wildlife conservation efforts. The funding focus is directed annually toward species and habitat objectives that will give the greatest return for the Heritage funds invested.

IIAPM - (Identification, Inventory, Acquisition, Protection and Management of Sensitive Habitats) grants are for projects that preserve and enhance Arizona's natural biological diversity. The intent is to fund IIAPM projects that give the greatest return for the Heritage funds invested consistent with the eligibility criteria.

Sensitive Habitat refers to the specific areas within the geographical area historically or currently occupied by a species or community of species in which are found those physical or biological features essential to the establishment or continued existence of the species and which may require special management, conservation or protection consideration. 

Habitat Protection is the process of protecting the quality, diversity, abundance, and serviceability of habitats to maintain or recover populations of Arizona wildlife. 

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
  • Grants can only be awarded for projects that occur on publicly held lands as specified in Arizona Game and Fish Administrative.
    • Publicly held lands means federal, public, and reserved land, State Trust Land, and other lands within Arizona that are owned, controlled, or managed by the federal government, a state agency or political subdivision.
  • 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
    • provide documented evidence of control and tenure of the project site.
  • 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.


  • A grant applicant must not have an out-of-compliance HG project or a HG project in extension. 
  • Overhead and/or indirect costs are not eligible for HG funds.
    • Overhead and/or indirect costs can be included as match, if properly documented. 
  • HG applications for less than $500 will not be considered.