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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will accept proposals beginning January 1, 2017 for funding through the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program. The Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program provides funding for researchers, educators and naturalists to carry out projects focused on native wildlife. This program is offered on an annual basis contingent; pending available funding.

Previous Wildlife Diversity Small Grant Projects


In 2017 the Small Grants funding will be used for projects focused on education and outreach. Native wildlife species and their habitat should be the emphasis of the proposed project.

Projects or applicants must also meet these criteria:

Project Application

Applicants may submit proposals in word processed, typewritten, or handwritten format. The proposals must include all information requested and in the order shown on the 2017 South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Small Grants Program Application. Send one copy of your application to the address listed in below. If a proposal is funded, the applicant will need to provide a Social Security number or taxpayer ID number. Proposal due date is February 15, 2017.

Project Review

A panel of wildlife and education professionals will evaluate projects. All applicants will be notified of the results. Emphasis will be on project need and cost effectiveness. All eligible and acceptable projects will be reviewed and ordered by priority using a predetermined ranking system. Projects will then be funded from highest to lowest priority until funds are exhausted or until all eligible and acceptable projects are funded. If one individual or organization has submitted more than one project that scores high enough for funding, those projects will be funded only if the accumulated total remains below $5,000.

Evaluation of the project will be based on the following criteria:


All applicants will be notified of their project status by March 31, 2017. Funded proposals will be administered as contracts with the state and will be subject to rules and regulations that apply to state contracts. Equipment purchased with grant funding will be considered property of the state.

Use of Project Results

Applicants are encouraged to promote their projects in various media. Funding from the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program must be acknowledged in all publications and promotions.

Application Information

Casey Heimerl
Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
523 E. Capitol-Foss Bldg.
Pierre, SD 57501