R3 Funding Opportunities

Hunters, anglers and shooting sports participants generate billions of dollars annually for the national and local economies and are essential for funding wildlife conservation and habitat restoration in the U.S.

Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (R3) programs are essential to the national movement to effectively reach and move customers. They are critical for ensuring the future of conservation and protecting our proud American way of life.

To support these efforts, many industry partners, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies provide grant funding opportunities to support your R3 programs. Send additional grant opportunities you wish to be listed to info@cahss.org. Here is a list of some of these important opportunities:

MULTISTATE CONSERVATION GRANT PROGRAM

The Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP) funds projects that address regional or national level priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) cooperatively administer the program.

NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION (NSSF) GRANTS

NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, provides grants for R3 – recruitment, reactivation, and retention – efforts that support participation growth in hunting and the shooting sports.

RECREATIONAL BOATING AND FISHING FOUNDATION (RBFF) STATE R3 PROGRAM GRANTS

RBFF’s State R3 Program Grants help fund state programs that are sustainable and replicable angler and boater recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) initiatives and plans that focus on increasing fishing license sales and boat registrations to help increase fishing and boating participation.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH VAMOS A PESCAR EDUCATION FUND

The George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund provides funding for state agencies to match and sub grant to local organizations for local initiatives focused on engaging Hispanic families in fishing, boating and conservation activities.

BASS PRO SHOPS AND CABELA’S OUTDOOR FUND

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s provide grants for programs and initiatives that are aligned with their commitment to conservation. Projects and organizations working in the following areas are considered; Conserving Wildlife and Habitat, Connecting New Audiences to the Outdoors, Advocating for Access and Sportsmen’s Rights, Supporting Military and Veterans, and Strengthening Communities in the Missouri Ozark. Programs exposing new and diverse audiences to the outdoors are also eligible.

RICHARD KING MELLON FOUNDATION CONSERVATION GRANTS

The Richard King Mellon Foundation Conservation Grants fund projects in four key areas; habitat conservation, stewardship, activation, and sustainable communities. The foundation invests in improving people’s quality of life locally in Pennsylvania and nationally.

MTN DEW OUTDOOR GRANTS PROGRAM

The MTN DEW Outdoor Grants Program awards $5,000 grants to nonprofit organizations that champion the great American Outdoors. Winning grants demonstrate extraordinary efforts to preserve the outdoors and create access for people to get outside to do what they love.

STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AGENCY GRANTS

Check with your state R3 coordinator. Many have their own conservation and R3 grant programs you may be eligible to apply for.

Recruitment

Retention

Reactivation