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This granting opportunity seeks to help develop watchable wildlife and nature based experiences in Nebraska.  The intent of these grants are to help people build appreciation and stewardship for natural resources through an experience.  Potential projects include viewing site development, events, infrastructure, marketing/promotion, equipment and plan development.  Funding is provided by the Wildlife Conservation Fund.  Proposals are due December 10th and should be submitted electronically to Kristal Stoner at 

Who/What type of projects are eligible?

  • Everyone is eligible, but if the project proponent represents a for-profit entity, they need to describe how this project is not directly linked to the profit of the organization/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.
  • Computers, software and items of similar nature are not eligible.
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission projects are not eligible.
  • A project funded previously will not be funded.

  • There is $15,000 available and a maximum of $3,000 per proposal.  A 25% match is required.  In-Kind match is acceptable. 

  • Proposals are due December 10th, 2015.  They should be sent electronically to Kristal Stoner at
  • Grants will be reviewed by the Nebraska Watchable Wildlife Committee
  • Awarded projects will be announced January 31th.

Ranking Criteria:

  • Wildlife Watching Value:
    • Does this project provide a reasonable opportunity for people to view wildlife?
    • Does it provide a viewing experience that is not damaging or disruptive to wildlife?
  • Education Value or Content Value: 
    • Does it educate people on how to recreate at this location appropriately?
    • Does this project educate people about what they are experiencing?
    • Does it educate people about the natural resources locally?
  • Reach/Participation: 
    • How many people are likely to be impacted by this project annually? 
    • What is the target audience of this project?
    • How will this project recruit individuals to participate?  Will it retain high levels of participation? 
    • How will it encourage more nature based recreation?
  • Integration
    • How will this project impact or integrate with the region or local communities?
    • Does your project promote a larger region or your community as a tourism destination?
    • Are partners engaged in this project?
  • Capacity Building
    •  Is this a new organization, new development, new component of an existing business?
    • Does this project encourage new partnerships or secure new funding sources?
  • Sustainable:
    • Will this project be maintained into the future?
    • What is the expected lifespan of the project?
  • Enhance Watchable Wildlife Viewing?
    • Does this project help people view wildlife?
Proposal Format:

  • Cover Letter:  Include the organization name, address, contact person and their contact information, indicate if this is a 501 ( c)(3) or other status, proposal name and include an authorizing signature.
  • Narrative:  The proposal narrative is limited to 2 pages, 12 point font, 1 inch margins.  The narrative should contain a summary statement limited to 150 words. 
  • Budget:  The budget is not a part of the 2 page narrative and should clearly describe the match.  If partners are contributing match, a letter of support should be included with your proposal.  See the budget table for more information.
  • Maps/Photos/Attachments:  Any additional information that more clearly describes the site may be included and is not a part of the narrative.
  • Timeline:  A timeline for completing the project in one year should be included.  If project cannot be completed in one year, justification for time extension should be provided.

  • Upon grant award, a contract must be developed between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the recipient (allow 3-4 weeks)
  • Grant will be awarded as a re-imbursement program, and match must be established in order to receive reimbursement.
  • An interim report 6 months after grant award will describe progress and provide photos.  A final report is due upon project completion.
  • Project must be available for site visit from staff from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and or/the Nebraska Tourism Commission.
  • Project must give credit to the Nebraska Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) and provide the website  Suggestions include a sign posted at the project or logo placed on website.

Budget Sheet

Please provide additional information that will help reviewers evaluate your budget.  You need to include those items/amounts in which you will be requesting reimbursement (Grant) and those which will be using as match (Match).  Please indicate if the cost is an estimate or actual.  Source of funds used for match should name the individual, organization, agency or program that is providing match.  Include information on rate/hr for salaries/contractors, supply/equipment costs, cost/acre for restoration work, etc.   Cost should identify the basis of the value for those items (e.g. equipment rental rate is $50/hour, based on rate charged by A&Z Rental Co.; Biologist salary=$25/hr is based on organization's senior level biologist pay rate).  Any partners contributing match will need to provide letters of support that clearly state the value of their contribution.  Note any attachments if additional explanation is necessary.

Questions?  Contact Kristal Stoner at 402-471-5444 or email at kristal Stoner

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