WDFW begins Accepting Applications For ALEA Grants Next Month

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Are you a hunting, fishing, or outdoor enthusiast? Do you live in the State of Washington? Do you get really excited about helping preserve your state’s amazing fish and wildlife? Well, then the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to hear from you!

According to a press release, the WDFW will begin accepting grant applications on Dec. 1 for volunteer-based projects aimed at benefiting the state’s population of fish and wildlife. The grants will be funded by the Aquatic Land Enhancement Account and will provide reimbursement for volunteer projects that work towards the conservation of fish and wildlife or promote public enjoyment of the state’s native species. Both organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply.

“This is a highly competitive grant program,” program coordinator Josh Nicholas said in a press release. “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.”

The WDFW expect available grant monies to reach $1 million this year. This money funds five different types of programs; habitat, research, education and outreach, facility development, and artificial production.

So who can apply? Well, eligible applicants include schools, non-profits, tribes, universities, and even individual citizens. But get a move on! Applications are due no later than February 28, 2011, so set down your fishing poles and hunting knives and get applying!

If you’d like for information, or to download the application form the WDFW website, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/grants/alea/index.html or call 360-902-2700.

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