California accepting grant applications for Hispanic-themed fishing programs

SACRAMENTO—California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced it is accepting grant applications for fishing activities, classes and programs aiming to engage and educate local Hispanic communities. The grants are part of the department’s effort to recruitment, retention and reactivation of? anglers – also known as the R3 program.

Funds are available through the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Education Fund; the education fund supports the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) Hispanic initiative.

“To further the reach and facilitate partnerships at the local level, funds are provided for state agencies to match and sub grant to local 501(c)(3) organizations,” CDFW staff explained in a released statement. “With the help of donations from companies and organizations, this fund has continued to grow and expand nationally to keep future generations educated about the joys of fishing and boating and the importance of conservation.”

All submitted proposals will be ranked by CDFW staff and then submitted to RBFF’s advisory board for review. The final grant recipients will be announced on Jan. 17, 2020.

Programs eligible for funding must be ethnically inclusive and be open to families of all backgrounds. Each program must also offer bilingual Spanish-English instruction and materials, according to CDFW staff.

RBFF will also be looking for programs that are family-focused and encourage fishing in California’s metropolitan areas. Programs seeking grant funding should also “promote good stewardship toward the state’s aquatic resources and include information on angler funded … conservation projects,” CDFW staff said in a released statement.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 and should be submitted via email to jennifer.benedet@wildlife.ca.gov.

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