Angler and Hunter Recruitment and Retention Grant Program

Round 2 grant applications are due by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Round 2 Grant Application: Angler and Hunter Recruitment and Retention Grant Application This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

List of grants funded in Round 1

Program purpose:

two girls fishing

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources created the Angler and Hunter Recruitment and Retention Grants Program in 2015 to help local groups support Minnesota’s angling and hunting heritage.

Through these grants, the Department is addressing growing concerns over declines in hunting and angling participation.

“Recruitment” means bringing a person into hunting and/or fishing through their participation in, and commitment to, an activity. A minimum outcome is that the person leaves holding a positive experience and opinion toward hunting and fishing. Recruitment can include invoking a positive change in personal attitude toward outdoor recreation regardless of ongoing physical participation in the activity.

“Retention” means maintaining positive, economical, social and/or political involvement in hunting and fishing through a person’s continuing participation in, and/or support of these activities.

Level of assistance:

father and son turkey hunting

Grants from $5,000 to $50,000 will be awarded. A 1:1, dollar for dollar match of dollars or in-kind labor, materials, and/or service is a requirement. All hunting and angling equipment (bows, rods, tackle, etc.) and other related items with a purchase value of $4,999 or less are eligible and shall remain the property of the Grantee.

The Department provides grant funds annually as authorized by the Legislature; allocation of funds for the Angler and Hunter Recruitment and Retention Grant is expected to occur on an annual basis at the discretion of the Commissioner. The Department expects to have $130,000 available during this grant cycle. All grant agreements must comply with the laws and regulations governing the Agency. Multi-organization collaborations are encouraged.

Eligible applicants:

To be eligible for the Angler and Hunter Recruitment and Retention Grants, Round 2, the group: 

  1. Must have a mission or educational purpose that supports hunter and angler recruitment and retention
  2. Must complete the grant agreement contract by application by Thursday, October 13, 2016
  3. Must complete all work related to the grant by Saturday, June 30, 2018
  4. Must only use grant funds for the delivery of programs within the state of Minnesota
  5. Must provide proof of insurance coverage for the duration of the project to the Department prior to full execution of grant agreement

Applicants who do not meet these criteria are not eligible. 

Eligible projects:

Mentor fishing with small child

Eligible projects provide innovative angler and hunter recruitment and retention programs. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: 

  • Hunter recruitment and retention projects that support the 2015 MN Pheasant Summit Action Plan 
  • Hunter recruitment and retention projects that support the 2006 MN DNR Duck Plan 
  • Learn to Hunt projects that specifically target new to hunting or non-hunting adults age 18-44 years of age.
  • Angling recruitment and retention projects that are focused on increasing and diversifying fishing interest on Mille Lacs Lake
  • “Learn to Fish” programs targeting non-fishing adults and families with a focus on the seven county metropolitan area
  • Reverse mentoring programs in which younger anglers and hunters would be encouraged to re-engage or re-invigorate anglers and hunters age 45 and older
  • Angling and hunting awareness programs targeting non-fishing/hunting families, especially from diverse and underrepresented populations 
  • Long term angling and hunting mentoring programs targeted at new to hunting or non-hunting adults age 18-44
  • Creation of innovative self-learning tools to help novice anglers and hunters enhance their skills and gain confidence
  • Projects that provide, or improve, information about lands and waters available for angling and hunting
  • Development of a Minnesota High School Fishing League similar to the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League
  • Creation of a mini-grant program to manage and provide sub-grants to smaller organizations to receive fishing and hunting equipment following MN DNR’s grant requirements and limitations 
  • Evaluation of the impact of participation in HS archery and shooting sport programs on hunter recruitment
  • Establishment and management of a state R3 coordinating council to guide Minnesota’s angler and hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation activities 
  • Other projects that support Minnesota’s angling or hunting heritage as determined by MN DNR

Grant dollars cannot be used for activities such as, but not limited to: 

  • Purchase of hunting or fishing licenses, tags, or stamps
  • Group banquets, raffle prizes, or other fundraising activities
  • Hunting and fishing competitions
  • Administrative costs, such as overhead or indirect costs

Grant awards:

Grant applications are scored by a panel of at least three individuals each with an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of angler and hunter recruitment and retention; each reviewer submits a separate score sheet. Points are awarded according to how well the proposed project meets the following scoring criteria, available in the application PDF.

The Department of Natural Resources will review and rank applications at the close of each round. 

Project period:

Two rounds of grants are planned: 

Round 1 applications were due by January 29, 2016. Funded projects must begin promptly after an agreement has been signed. All work funded must be completed no later than June 30, 2017.

List of grants funded in Round 1

Round 2 applications are due by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13. Funded projects must begin promptly after an agreement has been signed. All work funded must be completed no later than Saturday, June 30, 2018.

How to apply:

Complete the grant application and submit it via email prior to the closing date. 

*Please note: Applications for Round 2 must use the Round 2 Grant Application found below. Applicants for Round 2 of the grant may not use the Round 1 Grant Application 

Round 2 Grant Application: Angler and Hunter Recruitment and Retention Grant Application This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Submit your application electronically to Jeff Ledermann at jeff.ledermann@state.mn.us
Use the subject title: Angler and Hunter Recruitment & Retention Grant

Questions? Please contact:

Jeff Ledermann at 651-259-5247 or jeff.ledermann@state.mn.us

 

Funded Grants from Round 1

Organization
Project Title Location Amount Funded

Red Wing Environmental Learning Center

Red Wing Environmental Learning Center

Red Wing, MN

$8,276

St. Paul Urban Ministry

St. Paul Urban Ministries Mentoring Program

Woodbury, MN 

$5,000

Minnesota Waterfowl Association

Woodie Camp - Advanced Woodie Camp

Hopkins, MN

$20,780

Tribal Fishing Adventures, Inc.

Team Tribal Tour

Moorhead, MN

$12,000

Douglas County Pheasants Forever

Youth Outdoor Activity Day (YOAD)

Alexandria, MN

$24,220

Three Rivers Park District

Grow and Foster Anglers and Hunters at Three Rivers Park District

Plymouth, MN

$41,670

Ruffed Grouse Society

Women's Intro to Wingshooting

Grand Rapids, MN 

$6,880.84

Ruffed Grouse Society

Minnesota Upland Hunter Recruitment, Reactivation, and Mentoring Program

Superior, WI

$15,309

Lake of the Woods Outdoor Club (Sponsored by LW Community Education)

Lake of the Woods Outdoor Club

Roosevelt, MN 

$5,078

Bald Eagle Sportsmen's Association

OAKs Bridging the Gap

Mahtomedi, MN

$6,260.41

Fishing for Life

Next Gen Guiding Program

Minneapolis, MN

$19,900

Minnesota Trout Unlimited

Connecting Students and Families to Fishing and the Outdoors

Chanhassen, MN

$27,650