Mule Deer Foundation Grant

Mule Deer Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: For-Profit Business Government Entity Nonprofit Individuals Indigenous Group College / University

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

Location of project: Canada, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About the Mule Deer Foundation

The purpose of the Mule Deer Foundation is to ensure the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat.

MDF is dedicated to the following goals:

  • To restore, improve and protect mule deer habitat (including land and easement acquisitions) resulting in self-sustaining, healthy, free ranging and huntable deer populations.
  • To encourage and support responsible wildlife management with government agencies, private organizations and landowners.
  • To promote public education and scientific research related to mule deer and wildlife management.
  • To support and encourage responsible and ethical behavior and awareness of issues among those whose actions affect mule deer.
  • To support regulated hunting as a viable component of mule deer and black-tailed deer conservation.
  • To develop programs that focus on recruitment and retention of youth into the shooting sports and conservation.

Propose a Project

Have you been seeing fewer giant bucks around your stomping grounds? Is there a parcel in desperate need of habitat restoration in your area? Do the kids in your neighborhood need a positive activity to channel their energy and focus?

MDF is always looking for meaningful project proposals.

We fund and put boots on the ground – every year, every month, every week – for mule deer habitat management, research, youth programs, public outreach projects and more.

Let your imagination run wild. Think about the conservation needs in your region. Contemplate MDF’s mission to ensure the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat.

Together we can make a difference.


Furthermore, planning, inventory and monitoring are seen as agency responsibilities as well. Resource management plans are mandated by legislative or congressional action. Once the planning and inventory are completed, the agency can identify project opportunities and at that time request MDF project funding. Our primary goal is to put project funds to work on-the-ground for mule deer, black-tailed deer and other wildlife. MDF contributes toward projects that extend an agency/organization’s ability to implement habitat enhancement, wildlife management or conservation education projects.

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


  • MDF works with state and federal wildlife agencies, conservation groups, businesses and individuals.
  • MDF requires a minimum of 50% match for projects.
  • Equipment purchases will be primarily limited to radio collars, telemetry receivers, and antennas. 


  • MDF policy prohibits the use of its funds for administrative, overhead or indirect costs. 
  • MDF does not fund capital facility or most capital equipment items.
  • MDF is not a “bricks and mortar” organization.
    • MDF does not assist in the construction of buildings of any kind.
  • Requests for museums, community centers, memorials and visitor center buildings will not be funded.
    • We do, however, contribute toward interpretive displays with a strong conservation message in many building types.
  • Routine agency/organization operations are not eligible for MDF funding. 
  • We do not purchase trucks, ATVs, snowmobiles, trailers, computers, etc.
    • Certain requests for equipment like tractors, harrows, discs or other farm equipment will be examined for appropriateness on a case-by-case basis.
    • While this equipment may be necessary for the project, these items could be assigned away from their intended use and converted to other uses, thus negating a large portion of the MDF contribution.