North Dakota Game and Fish Department grant program targets ‘R3’ efforts – Grand Forks Herald

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BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Game and Fisheries is accepting grant applications from wildlife groups and civic shooting, fraternal, and nonprofit organizations through its Encouraging Tomorrow’s Hunters program.

The Game and Fish program aims to assist in the recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters, an initiative popularly known as “R3”. The program supports projects and events that provide a positive environment to develop the skills and confidence needed to create lifelong, conservation-minded participants in hunting and shooting sports.

The application deadline is May 1.

The maximum grant allowed is $3,000. The program currently helps fund approximately 40 club and organization events and projects each year, with an average grant of $1,550.

Funds help cover event expenses, including promotional printing; souvenirs of events such as shirts, caps or vests; ammunition and targets; and eye and ear protection.

Past funding has enabled groups to organize learn-to-hunter events or sponsor trapping events and other shooting events, including archery and rifle shooting. Game and Fish has a separate grant program that supports new high school trap shooting teams.

Clubs or organizations wishing to apply should note that the grant process, application requirements and registrations have been updated. For more information, including a grant application, visit the Department of Game and Fish’s website at gf.nd.gov, or contact Cayla Bendel, R3 Coordinator, at (701) 220- 3461.

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