ID Habitat Improvement Program (HIP) Grant

Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG)

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Idaho

Location of residency: Idaho

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Habitat holds the key to the future of upland game and waterfowl in Idaho. Creating and improving habitat is the goal of Idaho Fish and Game's Habitat Improvement Program (HIP).

The HIP objective is to provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners and public land managers who want to enhance upland game bird and waterfowl habitat. Landowner interest in creating or enhancing game bird habitat remains strong today and the HIP program can help make the difference.

All projects are documented in a cooperative agreement and project plan. The agreement usually requires the landowner to maintain the project for a minimum of 10 years. Food plot agreements run only one or two years. An agreement can be terminated at any time if the cooperator returns all cost-share funds. 

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


  • Any private landowner is eligible to participate in some kind of private lands program.
  • Projects That Are Eligible for HIP: 
    • Upland Game Habitat
      • establish areas of grasses and legumes for nesting cover;
      • fencing livestock from woody areas to provide critical winter cover;
      • planting farmstead and field windbreaks to provide cover;
      • planting winter food plots near existing nesting/winter cover.
    • Waterfowl Habitat
      • planting grasses and legumes for nesting cover;
      • managing livestock use of existing cover;
      • providing open water spaces in vegetation-choked marshes;
      • creating new wetlands;
      • restoring drained wetlands.
  • Costsharing and Partnerships
    • On approved projects, landowners are generally reimbursed up to 75% of out-of-pocket expenses with a general limit of $10,000 per project.
      • However, limits and percentages may vary for food plot and wetland projects.
    • General Cost Share Guidelines - All Projects can be found here.
    • Funds may also be available for cost-sharing on HIP habitat projects in partnership with non-profit organizations and federal agencies.


  • Fee hunting is not allowed on lands under a HIP contract.
  • HIP cost share is not available for shooting preserves.