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Arizona Game and Fish now taking applications for 2016 Heritage Fund grants
“I am so thankful for grant programs like the Heritage Grant because it helped my dream become a reality.The schoolyard habitat has brought real world, hands-on learning to our school.  It will continue to help students become aware of their environment and the need to conserve resources.”
Julia Goucher

4th grade Teacher, Peralta Trail Elementary School

More than $430,000 in grant funds available to wildlife conservation projects in Arizona; deadline to apply is Sept. 30, 2015; workshops held in July and August

The 2016 grant cycle for Heritage Fund grants is now open, and the deadline to apply is Sept. 30, 2015. This year, more than $430,000 total will be available through a competitive application process in various categories (Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, Schoolyard Habitat, Urban Wildlife/Habitat, Public Access, and IIAPM).

Heritage Fund money comes from Arizona Lottery ticket sales and was established by voter initiative in 1990. Heritage funding goes toward conservation efforts such as protecting endangered species, educating students and the general public about wildlife and the outdoors, and creating new opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The Heritage Fund Grant Program was established by the Arizona Game and Fish Department in 1992 as part of the overall Heritage Fund program. The grants program initially was developed as a way to promote outreach in order to enhance important partnerships and generate fresh approaches in support of the department’s mission. Since inception, the department has had the opportunity to award more than $14 million through the Heritage Fund grants program and support more than 700 projects throughout the state.

Applicants for this year’s grants should refer to the documents below for guidance on applying. The documents include the Heritage Grant Application Manual, the Heritage Grant Application Form, and the various “Heritage Grant Funding Windows” documents, which describe eligibility information and provide specific guidance for goals and objectives listed within each grant sub-category.

Potential grant recipients must have a project that is either located in Arizona or involves research in which the wildlife or its habitat is located in Arizona.

Proposals/applications for these grants can be submitted either by e-mail to, or mailed or hand delivered to Arizona Game and Fish Department Phoenix Headquarters, Attn: Wildlife Grant Administrator, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. No faxed applications will be accepted. Applicants can submit grant applications up until the application deadline of 5 p.m. (MST) on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.

Upcoming Heritage Grant Workshops: To learn more about Heritage grants and how to apply for the more than $430,000 available, attend one of the department’s workshops being held at the following times and locations:

  • Wednesday, July 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Game and Fish office, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix.
  • Tuesday, July 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Pima County Natural Resources, 1st Floor Conference Room, 3500 W. River Road, Tucson.
  • Thursday, August 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Flagstaff regional Game and Fish office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Road, Flagstaff.

    Those planning to attend the workshops, and those wanting to learn more about eligibility for the grant money, should R.S.V.P. to Robyn Beck at (623) 236-7530. A minimum of three people must sign up for each workshop or the session will be cancelled 48 hours prior to the date.
Application Forms
Heritage Grant Application Manual
The Heritage Grant Application Manual has been revised to supersede previous versions.

Heritage Grant Application Form

For use by all applicants. The revised application form will supersede all previous versions. Previous versions of this form will not be accepted in the upcoming Heritage Fund grant cycle.

Heritage Grant Eligibility Funding Windows
Funding goals and objectives lists supersede all previous versions.

Heritage Grant Scoring Process
The current scoring process manual has been incorporated into the revised grant application manual and covers the Department's prioritization process for Heritage Fund grants. Priorities are based on the Department’s Strategic plan and our Director’s annual goals and objectives. Scoring of grant proposals involves a thorough technical review and a Prioritization Committee evaluation and scoring process.

Heritage Grant Cycle Flow Chart

Application Assistance

Again, we appreciate your continued support for the Heritage Fund grant program and look forward to many more successful years working together in developing partnerships for wildlife.

For additional Heritage Grant information contact:
Robyn Beck
Heritage Fund Grants Coordinator, Funds Planning Section
Phone: (623) 236-7530





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