Arizona Game & Fish Heritage Grant: Public Access

Arizona Game and Fish Department


Grant amount: US $500 - US $50,000

Deadline: Oct 31, 2018 4:00pm PDT

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

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Arizona

Location of residency: Arizona

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Overview:

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 Arizona Game and Fish Commission administers the fund for the conservation of sensitive wildlife and sensitive wildlife habitat. Public Access is one of the sub-programs comprise the Heritage Fund Grant Program. Public access means providing entry to publicly held lands for recreational use where such entry is consistent with the provisions establishing those lands.(ARS17-296.1)

Funds will be available under the Heritage Public Access grant fund to increase, maintain or reduce public access as needed, for recreational use in cooperation with Federal land managers, local and State governments, private landowners and public users.

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

Eligibility:

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Where appropriate and feasible, projects should be designed and constructed to accommodate persons with disabilities.
  • Grant proposals that do not meet one or more of the Eligibility Criteria below will be rejected:
    • Criterion 1:  
      • Create, maintain or enhance wildlife-oriented recreational access (motorized or nonmotorized) onto public or State Trust lands previously inaccessible to the public.
    • Criterion 2:  
      • Create, maintain or enhance existing wildlife-oriented recreational access (motorized or non-motorized) onto public lands through improved design and construction methods.
    • Criterion 3:  
      • Education and information outreach pertaining to public access in Arizona, including ethical and responsible use of private and public lands, and opportunities for volunteerism.
    • Criterion 4:
      • Education and information outreach pertaining to public access in Arizona, including ethical and responsible use of private and public lands, and opportunities for volunteerism.
    • Criterion 5:
      • Realignment of existing access routes to protect sensitive habitat areas.
    • Criterion 6:
      • Projects that improve anglers’ access to urban or community fishing waters, lakes with public access, streams with public access, and to other community waters used by anglers.
      • Any project that improves angler access is allowed, including construction projects, leases, or other improvements that benefit angler access.
  • In addition, HG’s can only be awarded for project’s 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. 
  • 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.

Preferences:

  • Priority will be given to proposals submitted meeting these criteria:
    •  Obtain perpetual or other long-term rights-of-way to secure public access for wildlife oriented recreation where it may be jeopardized by potential land development, energy development or other land status changes,
    •  Projects that improve anglers’ access to urban or community fishing waters, lakes with public access, streams with public access, and to other community waters used by anglers.
      • Research projects are not applicable for this funding source.
      • Any project that improves angler access is allowed, including construction projects, leases, or other improvements that benefit angler access. 

Ineligibility: