Ohio DNR Rod and Reel Grant

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,500

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Ohio

Location of residency: Ohio

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This grant is designed to replace the rod and reel program. The Rod and Reel grant is for certified Passport to Fishing Instructors that are working with an organization to promote fishing and aquatic education.

Certified instructors can get one grant of up to $2,500.00 per year. The instructors can only use this grant for rods and reels in a Passport to Fishing or similar event.

The Rod and Reel Grant Program is designed to provide fishing equipment to increase aquatic stewardship and sport fishing participation.

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


  • Eligible applicants include:

    • Schools, park and recreation departments, conservation groups, local governments, and other organizations that have a trained Passport to Fishing Instructor, Federal Tax ID Number and want to sponsor an angler education program within the state of Ohio are eligible.

    • Multiple agencies may work cooperatively to conduct a program or event, but only one grant application may be submitted per event.

    • The grant applicant is responsible for contract administration, permitting, fund management, and final report submission.

  • Applicants must address the following criteria:

    • The project must include a passport to fishing class that participants engage in an aquatic and angling education learning experience.

    • The project must include a hands-on fishing opportunity.

    • Events that are similar to Passport to Fishing can be approved by the Division of Wildlife


  • Private individuals are not allowed to apply