The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has created
a new small-grants program to help clubs and organizations that
deliver programs that recruit and retain hunters and anglers.
Under the program, the DNR will provide grants of up to $2,000
annually to organizations that offer hunting and fishing clinics,
seminars, mentored events, fishing and hunting educational camps or
other innovative activities. The grants program represents yet
another DNR strategy to address a decline in hunting and angling
“Minnesota has a strong hunting and fishing tradition, in part
because many community-based clubs offer introductory experiences
for youth and families,” said C.B. Bylander, DNR Fish and Wildlife
Division outreach chief. “This new grants program is designed to
help others offer similar events or support existing events that
could reach even more people with additional financial
A total of $40,000 will be available during the first funding
cycle. The grants come from existing Fish and Wildlife Division
funding for mentoring and outreach. The DNR will accept grant
applications through March 11. Grant guidelines, criteria and
application materials can be found on the DNR website at
mndnr.gov/grants, or by contacting Jay Johnson, DNR hunting
recruitment and retention coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant recipients will be announced by June 1.
Recruitment grants are intended to motivate a person to participate
in hunting and fishing, or at a minimum develop a positive opinion
toward hunting and fishing. Retention grants are intended to extend
a person’s participation and support of hunting and fishing.
The DNR has become very active in hunting and angling “recruitment
and retention” in recent years. In addition to newly created youth,
family and women’s hunting and fishing activities, the agency has
implemented a popular archery in the schools program and expanded
its aquatic educational offerings.
“At its heart, this new grants program is about building outreach
capacity in local organizations that want connect kids to nature
through the activities of hunting and angling,” said Bylander.