The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering aquatic education grants to schools, parks and recreation departments, conservation groups, local governments and other nonprofit organizations wanting to sponsor an aquatic or angler education program.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife allocates a portion of the funds received from the Sportfish Restoration Act as aquatic education grants, with the intent of increasing aquatic stewardship and fishing participation.

Grant applications will be accepted for programs ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Multiple agencies may work cooperatively to conduct a program or event, but only one grant application may be submitted per program. A final report form must be submitted to the ODNR Division of Wildlife upon completion of the program.

The program must include an opportunity for participants to engage in an aquatic education learning session and provide a hands-on fishing opportunity. Examples include youth fishing camps, family fishing programs and fishing clinics.

Grant applications submitted for programs occurring before June 30 will be reviewed as they are received. For events between July 1and June 30, 2014, grant applications must be submitted by March 29 to be considered for funding. Applicants will be notified in April regarding funding decisions. People should allow at least eight weeks for grant processing and payment.

Grant guidelines and the application form can be found at wildohio.com or by emailing aquatic.education@dnr.state.oh.us.

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