OLYMPIA – Starting Dec. 1, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept grant applications for projects that benefit the state’s fish and wildlife.
The grants, funded through the state’s Aquatic Land Enhancement Account (ALEA), provide reimbursement for organizations and individuals who conduct volunteer projects that conserve fish and wildlife or promote public enjoyment of species ranging from sage-grouse to steelhead.
WDFW currently expects about $1 million to be available for grants this year.
Five major types of projects are funded through the program – habitat, research, education and outreach, facility development and artificial production – although other projects also will be considered. Grants may not be used for salaries, wages or stipends.
Eligible applicants include individual citizens, non-profit organizations, tribes and political subdivisions of the state such as public utility districts, schools and universities. State and federal agencies are not eligible.
Applications must be received or postmarked by February 28, 2011.
“This is a highly competitive grant program,” said program coordinator Josh Nicholas. “Projects that foster individual and community involvement through the use of volunteers, have a sound budget and are consistent with WDFW goals have the greatest chance of success.”
Application materials are available for download from WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/grants/alea/index.html. For those without adequate internet access, a CD containing the application materials can be requested by calling WDFW at (360) 902-2700.