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$30,000 Grants Available for Environmental and Outdoor Education

$30,000 in grants available until March 14 for environmental and outdoor education projects

The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced on Jan. 31, 2014 the availability of additional Heritage Grant awards in two categories for the 2014 grant cycle. Grant proposals will be accepted until Friday, March 14 at 5 p.m. MST in the environmental education and outdoor education categories. Applicants should review the revised Heritage Grant eligibility funding windows documents (eligibility criteria) and application forms at www.azgfd.gov/w_c/heritage_apply.shtml to obtain specific guidance for goals and objectives listed within each grant category.

The grants are supported by revenue from Arizona Lottery sales and are available to projects that focus on wildlife. In the last grant cycle. Game and Fish used Heritage funds to award more than $415,000 to 32 grant projects across Arizona. When combined with matching money from other sources, the projects being funded total nearly $1 million invested in Arizona.

Started in 1990, the Heritage Fund was established by Arizona voters to further conservation efforts in the state, including protecting endangered species, educating our children about wildlife, helping urban residents to better coexist with wildlife, and creating new opportunities for outdoor recreation. Over the years, Game and Fish has awarded more than $13 million in grants to communities across the state. Arizonans can help raise money for the Heritage Fund every year simply by buying Arizona Lottery tickets.

Application proposals can be submitted either electronically to rbeck@azgfd.gov or mailed directly to Arizona Game and Fish Department, ATTN: Wildlife Grant Administrator, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. No faxed applications will be accepted.

More information on the grants and application forms can be found at www.azgfd.gov/w_c/heritage_apply.shtml or contact Robyn Beck at rbeck@azgfd.gov. For more information on the Heritage Fund, visit www.azgfd.gov/heritage.

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