Second quarter grant applications were presented and voted on at the May 25, 2021 AZSFWC Board meeting. Funding for the grants is available through sales of our special Conserving Wildlife license plate. More information about the license plate and how you can obtain one can be found HERE.
Six (6) grants were approved in the amount of $46,076 and included the following:
$20,600 was awarded to the AZ Deer Association that will be used to renovate multiple waters in game units 3A & 3C. Water catchment aprons will be replaced and pipe-rail fencing will be installed. This project will improve water distribution across the landscape, benefitting many game and non-game species. Funding partners include the AZ Deer Association, Habitat Partnership Committee, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation PAC and AZ Game & Fish Department Habitat Enhancement Funds. Volunteer labor will be provided by members of the AZ Deer Association, AZ Elk Society, AZ Game & Fish Department, and local communities.
$8,345 was awarded to the AZ Desert Bighorn Sheep Society for the purchase of a 1000 gallon water hauling trailer to be used by the AZ Game & Fish Department. With extended draught conditions, the need for water is great. This trailer will provide a much needed resource for the Department as well as volunteer conservation organizations who assist in hauling water for wildlife. Funding partners include the AZ Desert Bighorn Sheep Society and several chapters of the Wild Sheep Foundation.
$4,831 was awarded to the Quail Forever Valley of the Sun Chapter to fund the second phase of Water for Wildlife at Robbins Butte. Funds will be used to install additional poly pipe with the ultimate objective of providing year round water to the 131 identified species of wildlife living at Robbins Butte. VOSQF is providing additional funds.
$2,000 was awarded to AZ Desert Bighorn Sheep Society (ADBSS) for the Boone & Crockett 2021 Youth Camp. Ten youth will attend a summer camp at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch in Montana. Participants are chosen after submitting an essay based on the theme “Who benefits from a waterhole project and why?” Emphasis of the camp is on education, but many attendees leave camp with a renewed or entirely new interest in hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation. Activities include hiking, archery, shooting, fishing, fly tying, kayaking and daily classes on wildlife conservation. Funding partners include ADBSS, Boone & Crockett.
$5,500 was awarded to the Mohave Sportsman Club for their Youth Archery Shooting events. Interest in the events has grown immensely and grant funds will provide for much needed additional equipment to accommodate the growing number of participants. Mohave Sportsman Club will provide additional funding.
$4,800 was awarded to the Mohave Sportsman Club for their annual Fishing for Smiles event which is a cooperative effort to provide an opportunity for Mohave County children to learn about all aspects of fishing. The Club anticipates 300 children, family members and caregivers to attend. Attendees will be provided with equipment and education, and volunteers will teach them to cast, bait a hook, reel in the catch, and how to clean the fish they have caught. Additional partners include Kingman Elks Lodge 468, Fort Rock Ranch, and AZ Game & Fish Department.
Any 501c3 within Arizona can apply for project or event funding as long as they are in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission. Click here for application information.