Fish And Wildlife Releases $60 Million In Grants To States
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will award $60 million in wildlife grants to state and territorial wildlife agencies. The State Wildlife Grant program assistS states in developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats. The funds are made available through annual appropriations.
Eight Midwestern states will receive a total of more than $10.9 million in grants.
To be eligible for funds, each state completed a Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan or Strategy. The collaborative plans were created by biologists, conservationists, landowners, sportsmen, and the general public. The plans were reviewed by a national team that included the Fish and Wildlife Service and directors from state wildlife agencies.
A state may receive no more than 5% or less than 1% of the available funds. The District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico each receives 0.5% and Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands each receive 0.25%. The apportionment is based on a formula that uses the states land area and population.
Apportionments in the Services Midwest Region are as follows: