2019 Arizona Game & Fish Heritage Grants Awarded

Source:  Arizona Game & Fish Department Press Release – May 23, 2019

At Arizona Game and Fish Commission meeting held on May 10, 2019 in Prescott, Arizona, the 2019 Heritage Fund Grant recipients were announced.  Heritage Fund money comes from Arizona Lottery ticket sales and was established by voter initiative in 1990. Heritage funding goes toward conservation efforts such as protecting endangered species, educating students and the general public about wildlife and the outdoors, and creating new opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The Heritage Fund Grant Program was established by the Arizona Game and Fish Department in 1992 as part of the overall Heritage Fund program. The grants program initially was developed as a way to promote outreach in order to enhance important partnerships and generate fresh approaches in support of the department’s mission. Since inception, the department has had the opportunity to award more than $16 million through the Heritage Fund grants program and support more than 800 projects throughout the state.

A total of $412,000 was available for the 2019 grant cycle and was awarded through a competitive application process in various categories (Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, Schoolyard Habitat, Urban Wildlife/Habitat, Public Access, and IIAPM).  This year the agency scored 34 Heritage grant proposals. Below are the grant awardees and the grant amount awarded.

Outdoor Education

  • Gilbert Public Schools, Superstition Springs Elementary: awarded $800 for “Second Grade Butterfly Wonderland Field Trip”
  • Arizona Trail Association: awarded $2,500 for “Arizona Trail Association’s Seeds of Stewardship Wildlife Bonanza”
  • Washington Elementary School District, Orangewood Elementary School: awarded $1,000 for “Orangewood Wildlife Studies”
  • Grand Canyon Youth: awarded $1,500 for “Outdoor Education along the Wild and Scenic Verde River”

Environmental Education

  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: awarded $10,000 for “Earth Conservation Internship”
  • Northern Arizona University: awarded $2,745 for “Discovering the hidden voices of Arizona’s vocal rodents”

Schoolyard

  • Douglas Unified School District: awarded $2,936 for “Mobile working tables and viewing benches for Douglas High School Land Lab”
  • Topock Elementary School District: awarded $2,190 for “Tortoise Enclosure Kiosk”Cave Creek Unified School District, Sonoran Trails Middle School: awarded $9,844 for “Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat”

Public Access

  • Arizona Trail Association: awarded $20,000 for “Arizona Trail Sahuarita Road Trail Head”
  • Cochise County: awarded $30,000 for “Geronimo Trail’s Route to Public Lands II”

Urban

  • City of Show Low: awarded $9,100 for “The Meadow Trail”
  • Save our Mountains Foundation: awarded $10,000 for “Interactive Trail Signage for the North Mountains Preserve”
  • Tucson Audubon Society: awarded $12,000 for “Bringing Habitat Home-Creating Urban Bird Habitat”
  • Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection: awarded $18,560 for “Safe Passages for Wildlife on I-10 East”
  • Audubon Arizona: awarded $6,600 for “Birds and Bikes”

Identification, Inventory, Acquisition, Protection, and Management (IIAPM)

  • Northern Arizona University: awarded $71,498 for “Connectivity and barriers to New Mexico Jumping Mice movements”
  • Western State Colorado University: requested and awarded $52,300 for “Assessing the Phylogeographic structure of bluehead sucker (Catostomus Pantosteus discobulus) and flannelmouth sucker (Catostomus latipinnis) in the Little Colorado River drainage using modern DNA sequencing techniques and morphological analyses.”
  • Northern Arizona University: awarded $67,158 for “Historical & contemporary trends in Ranavirus infections within threatened Rana chiricahuensis populations”