The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting applications from volunteer groups and individuals seeking funds for local projects that benefit fish and wildlife.
The deadline for applications is April 10. The final list of accepted projects will be announced in mid-June following review of submitted applications by WDFW staff.
The Cooperative Projects grant program provides funds for materials and equipment for habitat, research, education, facility development and artificial fish production projects conducted by qualifying volunteers. The funds are granted only for purchase of qualifying materials used on approved projects during the next state budget cycle. Funds may not be used to pay wages or salaries.
Individuals, organizations, schools and tribes are among those qualified to apply. Government agencies, including city and county governments, may not apply.
Past grant awards have ranged from a couple of hundred to several thousand dollars. The Governor's preliminary budget has identified $2 million to support this program over the coming biennium; however, the amount of money available for distribution will depend on pending legislative action.
Application packages are available on-line or by contacting Dave Gadwa, WDFW cooperative projects coordinator at (360) 902-2806.