Over the years, WDFW’s ALEA Grant Program has supported hundreds of individuals and organizations who have undertaken a variety of projects that engage volunteers and benefit Washington’s fish and wildlife resources.
ALEA grants are in high demand; therefore, we follow a competitive process to select recipients. If interested, read below for more information about the program and how to apply.
The ALEA Grant Program funds five major types of projects; however, others may be considered.
- Habitat projects include activities that restore and/or preserve fish and wildlife habitat.
- Research projects increase our knowledge of fish and wildlife species.
- Education projects communicate information or provide hands on experiences that will enhance public understanding of fish and wildlife and their habitat.
- Facility Development projects provide or enhance access to fish and wildlife related recreational opportunities.
- Artificial Production projects rear and release fish or wildlife for public recreation or to restore populations. All artificial production projects must be pre-approved by WDFW to be eligible to apply for an ALEA grant.
- Eligible applicants include individual citizens, non-profit organizations, schools (including universities), political subdivisions such as conservation districts and tribes. For-profit businesses, State, and federal agencies may not apply.
- Grant funds are available on a cost reimbursement basis.
- No funds may be used for direct wages, benefits or stipends.
- Grantees must register their volunteers and report volunteer hours.
- Inventoriable equipment purchased with grant funds must be returned to the Department at the conclusion of the project.
- Grantees must follow State of Washington purchasing rules.
- The outcome of these projects must be available to the public as authorized by Chapter 77.100 RCW.
- Other program policies and procedures can be found in the 2013-2015 ALEA Policies and Procedures Manual.
Interested individuals or organizations can apply for an ALEA Grant beginning December 1, 2012. To apply, please register at https://alea.myreviewroom.com/
Your application packet must be submitted by 11:59 pm on February 28, 2013.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact WDFW at
(360) 902-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project: Fence Modifications to Prevent Sage Grouse and Sharp-Tailed Grouse Mortalities
Sponsor: Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association
Summary: The Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association received an $11,591 ALEA grant to conduct a project aimed at reducing sage grouse and sharp-tailed grouse mortalities. These grouse species fly close to the ground at high speeds, which often result in them colliding with unmarked barbed-wire fences causing injuries and fatalities.
To increase the visibility of these fences, volunteers applied over 70,000 vinyl markers to 27 miles of barbed-wire fencing in the Sagebrush Flats and Wells Wildlife Areas in Douglass County. Making these fences more visible will benefit not only these state-threatened grouse species, but will also make traveling through these areas safer for other wildlife species and the public.