6/28/2007 NGPC Seeks Applications for the State Wildlife Grants Program
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting applications for the State Wildlife Grants Program through Sept. 14, according to Mark Humpert, the Commission’s wildlife diversity program manager.
“Private conservation groups, universities, and governmental units may submit proposals to implement conservation actions the benefit ‘at-risk’ species,” Humpert said. An application and related materials are available on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/wildlife/programs/grants/.
This is the sixth year in row the Commission has offered a competitive grants program. More than $2.8 million dollars have been granted to Nebraska conservation partners since inception of the program. This year the Commission will make at least $300,000 available for competitive grants. To be eligible for funding, projects must implement actions identified in the Nebraska Natural Legacy Plan.
“The principal purpose of the State Wildlife Grants Program is to provide funding to implement voluntary conservation actions to prevent future endangered species listings,” Humpert said.
The Nebraska Natural Legacy Plan identified more than 500 species that are considered “at-risk” in the state. “Many of these species could be headed for future endangered species listing unless corrective action is taken soon,” Humpert said.
The funds are distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and are derived from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was set up in 1965 for conservation purposes. “These important funds are available because of the work of the Teaming With Wildlife coalition,“ Humpert said. The coalition includes nearly 5,300 organizations and businesses, including 236 in Nebraska who support dedicated funding for wildlife conservation, education and outdoor recreation. Information about Teaming With Wildlife is available at www.teaming.com.
Grant proposals will be scored and ranked by a technical review committee. An advisory committee that includes agency staff and representatives form The Nature Conservancy and Audubon Nebraska will make funding recommendations to the Commission. Pending Commission approval, successful grant recipients will be notified in January 2008. Federal rules require that projects have at least a 50 percent nonfederal match. The Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nongame Tax check-off program have been instrumental in providing matching funds for many past grants. For additional information about the State Wildlife Grants program, contact Humpert at (402) 471-5438 or by e-mail at email@example.com.