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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will accept proposals beginning January 1, 2015 for funding through the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program.

The Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program provides funding for researchers, educators and naturalists to carry out projects focused on native wildlife. This program is offered on an annual basis contingent on funding being available. Funding for the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program is provided by GFP's Division of Wildlife.

A list of previous grants is available here.


In 2015 the small grants funding will be used for projects focused on monitoring and inventory. Native wildlife species and their habitat should be the emphasis of the proposed project.

Projects or applicants must also meet these criteria:

APPLICATION information

Applicants may submit proposals in word processed, typewritten, or handwritten format. The proposals must include all information requested and in the order shown on the 2015 GFP Small Grants Application form (download WORD document).


A panel of wildlife and education professionals will evaluate projects. All applicants will be notified of the results. Emphasis will be on project need and cost effectiveness. All eligible and acceptable projects will be reviewed and ordered by priority using a predetermined ranking system. Projects will then be funded from highest to lowest priority until funds are exhausted or until all eligible and acceptable projects are funded. If one individual or organization has submitted more than one project that scores high enough for funding, those projects will be funded only if the accumulated total remains below $5,000.00.

Evaluation of the project will be based on the following criteria:

1. Is the project needed?

2. How likely is the project to be successful?

3. Is the applicant qualified to carry out the project? The applicant must have the  
appropriate experience or qualifications needed to complete the project.

4. Is the project cost effective? It is to the applicant's advantage to prepare a budget that is carefully prepared and economical. A minimal stipend is acceptable. Proposals can include expenses for vehicle travel costs (up to $.37 per mile).

5. The project must be compatible with the mission statement of Wildlife Division, as follows: The Wildlife Division will manage South Dakota's wildlife and fisheries resources and their associated habitats for their sustained and equitable use, and for the benefit, welfare, and enjoyment of the citizens of this state and its visitors.

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