Conservation Job Training Programs for Young People

Posted by on January 08, 2012

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces New Grant Program to Support Conservation Job Training Programs for Young People
Deadline: January 27, 2012

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in cooperation with its federal partners, the Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service, has announced a new initiative to connect youth to the outdoors by providing financial support for new conservation job training programs.

The America’s Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors Initiative brings together public and private partners to support organizations that are developing innovative conservation job opportunities for youth which expose young people, particularly urban and minority youth, to the natural world and career opportunities available in conservation.

In 2012, approximately $1 million will be available for matching grants nationwide. This funding is provided by BLM and FS and is restricted to projects on or directly benefiting BLM and/or FS lands. However, NFWF is seeking additional funding partners for this new initiative. As such, proposals for programs in other geographic locations are welcome.

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, and tribal groups.

Grants will typically be for amounts between $50,000 and $100,000 for projects of six to eighteen months. A minimum 1:1 match of non-federal cash and/or in-kind contribution is required and higher match ratios are preferred. Partnerships with corporations and foundations are strongly encouraged.

Visit the NFWF Web site for complete program information and application procedures.

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