WILDLIFE DIVERSITY SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM
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:
- 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.
- GFP staff 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. Proposals from local levels of government will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Must provide a product directly useable by the public. A written report must be submitted.
- 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 $35,000 is available.
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.
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:
- Is the project needed?
- How likely is the project to be successful?
- Is the applicant qualified to carry out the project? The applicant must have the appropriate experience or qualifications needed to complete the project.
- Is the project cost effective? It is to the applicant's advantage to prepare a budget that is carefully prepared and conomical. A minimal stipend is acceptable. Proposals can include expenses for vehicle travel costs (up to $.37 per mile).
- The project must be compatible with the GFP mission.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state's parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.
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.
Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
523 E. Capitol-Foss Bldg.
Pierre, SD 57501