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Conserve Wildlife Grants - Fiscal Year 2021

Deadline for Submittals: 4:00 pm on January 31, 2020


The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. (Foundation) is dedicated to the conservation, management and sustainable recreational enjoyment of Florida’s outstanding lands, waters and wildlife. Each year, the Foundation requests proposals for funding via the proceeds of sales of the “Conserve Wildlife” (CWT) specialty license plate.

Eligible Applicants and Projects:

By Statute, CWT funds are available exclusively to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Foundation makes these funds available only for use in non-game programs. The Foundation also maintains a long-standing policy to give priority to projects or species that have limited options for funding from other sources. The Foundation also prioritizes projects with a finite life span. The Foundation is interested in short- and long-term projects but usually cannot commit to more than one 18-month cycle at a time.

Proposals should be coordinated through program/division leadership prior to submission. A team of FWC leaders will review all submitted proposals to compile a single FWC priority list. This list will be presented to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for consideration. The Board of Directors has final authority to award grants.

Grant Size:

There is no limitation on the size of the grant. Past grants have ranged from $3,000 to $300,000. The applicant’s ability to procure matching funds from other sources may have bearing on the possibility of being funded, but is not a prerequisite.

The project period will be from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021 (18 months).


Mrs. Erin Smart, esmart@wildlifeflorida.org

Important Dates:

  • January 31, 2020 – Deadline for all proposals to be submitted to the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
  • February 2020 – FWC leadership meets to discuss projects and determine the final priority list of proposals.
  • March 2020 – The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. Board of Directors determines grant awards.
  • April 2020 – All applicants notified of the Board’s decision. Successful applicants will receive formal award letters.
  • July 1, 2020 – Projects commence.

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Briefly describe the proposed project, i.e., how much you're requesting and what you would do with this grant, if awarded.

Total Project Cost

What conservation problem, opportunity or gap in scientific knowledge does this project intend to address? What do you hope to accomplish?
Does this project constitute continuation funding, or next-phase funding, for a previously funded grant? If so, please provide a summary of the project from inception and how the current grant request fits within the longer-term project.
How does this project fit within FWC’s priorities?
Why are grant funds necessary to complete this project?
What partner organizations, agencies or non-FWC individuals, if any, are involved in the project? What resources, financial or otherwise, are they contributing, if any?


Describe the project and your planned steps in detail.
How will you measure the projects progress and outcomes?
If the results are applicable to other locations and/or habitats and species, how will information be shared to maximize the value of this project?


BUDGET - Using the table below, please indicate your project budget. Please enter all figures as whole numbers with no commas. Insert budget line items at whatever level of detail is necessary. Insert additional rows as needed. The applicant is responsible to ensure all calculations are correct


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