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Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks will be accepting proposals beginning January 8, 2021, 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 will be offered on an annual basis contigent on annual funding being available. Funding for the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants program is provided by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks Division of Wildlife.

Eligibility

In 2021, the Small Grants funding will be used for projects focused on monitoring and inventory. Native wildlife species and their habitat should be the emphasis of the proposed project.

Projects or applicants must also meet these criteria:

  • Projects must be completed within the budget submitted.
  • Projects should be limited to one year. Multi-year projects will be considered, but additional annual funding will not be available.
  • Employees of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are not eligible to apply.
  • State, federal and tribal governmental agencies are ineligible to apply. However, individual employees of those agencies can apply as private citizens.
  • Must provide a product directly useable by the public. A written report must be submitted to South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Projects involving more than one applicant must select one individual to be responsible for completing the project. This individual will sign the state contract.
  • Project awards are limited to $5,000 per applicant or organization. A total of $20,000 is available.

Project Application

Applicants may submit proposals in word processed, typewritten, or handwritten format. Proposals are limited to 5 pages and must include all information requested and in the order shown on the 2021 South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program Application form. Send one copy of your application to the address listed in Application Information, see below. Social Security number is not required on the proposal. However, if a proposal is funded, the applicant will need to provide a Social Security number or taxpayer ID number.

Proposals are due postmarked by February 12, 2021

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