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
"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
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 ohiodnr.com/wildlife or by
Applications must be returned to the Division of Wildlife
by 5 p.m. December 1.