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News Release
September 30, 2003

Grant application deadline is December 1

COLUMBUS, OH - Conservation organizations and educational institutions are encouraged to apply for $150,000 in state wildlife grants to fund conservation projects, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

"These grants play an important role in funding projects that help protect some of Ohio's most fragile wildlife species through conservation and education," said Kendra Wecker, wildlife diversity coordinator for the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

This grant opportunity is open to conservation organizations, colleges and universities, as well as other qualified individuals. Project proposals for all of Ohio's terrestrial and aquatic wildlife species will be considered.

To qualify, projects must produce a defined benefit to wildlife; provide evidence of matching funds; and be able to meet a completion date of June 30, 2005. Applicants will be scored on how well the proposed actions will benefit the species in question, its habitat, coexisting flora and fauna. Educational or information benefits will also be considered. Reviewers will also evaluate cost effectiveness, relative need of the project, and if the project provides sustained benefits to wildlife.

Funding for this grant comes from a portion of the $1.7 million Ohio received this year from a new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program. Most of the federal allocation is being used in Division of Wildlife research and conservation partnership projects, such as bald eagle, trumpeter swan and osprey restoration, and the reintroduction of shovelnose sturgeon and Karner blue butterflies.

Grant applications and accompanying information can be obtained from the ODNR web site at or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.

Applications must be returned to the Division of Wildlife by 5 p.m. December 1.

For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at
For Further Information Contact:
Kendra Wecker, ODNR Division of Wildlife
(614) 265-7043
Andy Ware, ODNR Media Relations
(614) 265-6882




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