Watchable Wildlife Grants, funded through the Wildlife Conservation Fund, help to develop wildlife-viewing and nature-based experiences in Nebraska. The intent of these grants is to help people build appreciation and stewardship for natural resources through practical experience. A maximum of $3,000 is available per proposal with a total of $15,000 available. A 25 percent match is required, which may include an in-kind match. Potential projects include, but are not limited to, viewing site development, events, infrastructure, and equipment and plan development.
- Non-profit, governmental, and for-profit entities are all eligible to apply. If the application is for by a for-profit entity, the applicant must describe how it will not directly benefit the profit of the organization or company.
- The project must have a net positive impact on natural resources and wildlife.
- The project must promote stewardship and appreciation of local natural resources.
- A project that is already completed prior to completion of the grant process is not eligible.
- Nebraska Game and Parks Commission projects are not eligible.
- A project funded previously is not eligible.
- Computers, software or items of a similar nature are not eligible.
- Tower viewers/stationary binoculars or items of a similar nature are not eligible.
- Cover Letter: Include the organization name, address, contact person and their contact information, indicate if it is a 501 (C)(3) or other status, proposal name and include an authorizing signature.
- Narrative: The proposal narrative is limited to two pages, 12-point font, and one-inch The narrative should contain a summary statement limited to 150 words.
- Budget: The budget sheet is not part of the two-page narrative. It should clearly describe the match. See the budget table for more information.
- Maps, photos and attachments: Any additional information more clearly describing or illustrating the site may be included and does not count as part of the narrative.
- Timeline: A timeline for completing the project in one year should be included. If the project is unable to be complete in one year, please provide justification for time extension.
- Signage: Please attach any sign content verbiage and/or sign mock-ups for review.
- Partners: Grant projects that include outside partnerships must have letters of support attached detailing the nature of the partnership.
- The Nebraska Watchable Wildlife Committee will review grants.
- Awarded projects will be announced the following January.
- Does this project educate people on how to interact at this location appropriately? (Example: Leave No Trace)
- Does this project educate people about what they are experiencing with a take-home message?
- Is this project sustainable?
- How many people will this project impact annually? Who is the target audience of this project?
- How will this project recruit individuals to participate? How will it retain high levels of participation? How will it develop the individuals in a manner that they will want to continue to participate in nature-based recreation?
- How will this project impact or integrate with the region or local communities?
- Is this project capacity building?
- Is this a new organization, new development or new component of an existing business?
- To receive a grant award, a contract between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the recipient will be established (allow three to four weeks).
- Watchable Wildlife Grants are a reimbursementprogram and must be able to show established match in order to receive reimbursement.
- Depending on the nature of the project, an interim report may be required describing project progress including photos if applicable.
- A final report is due upon project completion, with a deadline of February 28.
- Projects must be available for site visits from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff.
- Projects must give credit to the Wildlife Conservation Fund, provide the website NebraskaWildlifeFund.org, and provide information for donating to the fund.
Contact Alie Mayes at 402-471-5631