The Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Conservation Education Grant Program (formerly the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fine Money Grant Program) stems from a 2015 Arkansas Legislative Act that modified the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Education program’s structure and placed the updated program under the administration of the Division of Rural Services. This program is a partnership between the Division of Rural Services and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission that converts fine money assessed from infractions of state laws protecting Arkansas game and fish, into grant funds for school conservation education programs.
Approximately $600,000, is expected in Fiscal Year 2018 for this program, which is applicable to any school or conservation district in Arkansas, regardless of size or population. Specific programs eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, the study of general fish and wildlife conservation issues, Project WILD Workshops, Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program (ANASP), Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program (AYSSP), Fishing in the Natural State (FINS), Arkansas Stream Team, School Yard Habitat Site Development, and specialized AGFC conservation education/educator training workshops focused on the programs above. In addition, funds may be used by educators to take students on field trips to AGFC Nature Centers, Conservation Education Centers and Wildlife Management Areas.