Fish and Wildlife accepting applications for fishing grants

SACRAMENTO — California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is accepting grant applications for those offering fishing activities, classes or programs benefiting Hispanic communities. The activity, class or program must educate or engage Hispanic communities in fishing.

The grants are part of the DFW’s larger efforts to increase fishing participation.

Programs must be ethnically inclusive, family-focused and metro-centric to be eligible for the grants.

“While a majority of participating families will be Hispanic, the event will be open to families of all races/ethnicities,” DFW staff stated in an announcement about the current grant application period. “[Programs must] encourage participation across multiple generations and genders … [and] encourage focus in metro areas.”

The program seeking funding must also be focused on providing “multiple opportunities for the same audience to participate in fishing” and “promote good stewardship toward the state’s aquatic resources.”

Grant funding is made possible through the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Education Fund.

Nonprofit (specifically 501 (c)(3)) organizations should submit their applications via email to clark.blanchard@wildlife.ca.gov; the deadline is Friday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.

DFW staff will rank proposals and submit them to Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation for review. Recipients will be chosen by Jan. 18, 2019.

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