What is the Aquatic Education Grant Program?
The ODNR Division of Wildlife Aquatic Education Grant Program is designed to increase aquatic stewardship and sport fishing participation. Applicants should address the following criteria:
- The project must include an opportunity for the participants to engage in an aquatic education learning experience.
- Projects that include a hands-on fishing opportunity are preferred.
- A final report must be submitted to the ODNR Division of Wildlife upon completion of the project.
What are some suggested activities that are eligible for funding?
- Teen Leadership Fishing Retreat
- OSU Stone Lab Program
- Water Quality & Fish Monitoring Program
- Fly Fishing Clinic
- Aquarium and start-up equipment for Trout in the Classroom (T.I.C.) program
NOTE: Activities involving competition are not eligible. Activities and events must have an educational value and include a hands-on experience.
When is the application deadline?
- The application period opens September 15th
- Applications must be submitted by December 31st
- The grant covers projects/programs taking place the following July 1st through June 30th
Who is eligible to apply for the grant?
Schools, park and recreation departments, conservation groups, local governments, and other organizations that have Federal Tax ID Number and want to sponsor an angler education program within Ohio are eligible. Multiple agencies may work cooperatively to conduct a program or event. The grant applicant is responsible for contract administration, permitting, fund management and final report submission.
NOTE: Private individuals are not eligible
How much money is available?
An organization can apply for up to $10,000 total per fiscal year and can be divided between project proposals. Each proposal must include a detailed budget indicating how the funds will be spent.
What type of programming is preferred?
Programs consisting of all R3 components (recruitment, retention and reactivation) are highly recommended. Information regarding R3 can be found at: http://www.cahss.org.
How is the program funded?
Funding for the Aquatic Education Grant Program is comprised of money from license/permit revenues and the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. For more information about this program please refer to the USFWS website: http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/AboutUs/WSFRProgramBrochure2011.pdf
Who can participate in the event or activity?
All activities supported by the ODNR Division of Wildlife must be open to all citizens regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, mobility, visual disabilities, or learning disabilities. Risk management and safety considerations, however, may limit active participation by some age or ability groups.
Who is responsible for the coordination of safety and risk management concerns?
The grant recipient is responsible for all safety and risk management concerns. The ODNR Division of Wildlife does not accept any liability for damage or injury resulting from activities supported through the Aquatic Education Grant. The cost of liability insurance, however, can be purchased with grant funds.