Getting more people into the outdoors is crucial for the future stewardship of Minnesota's natural resources.
Minnesota has fared better than most states in maintaining hunting and fishing activity. But there is much work to be done as the segment of the population that participates the most continues to age, and an ever-growing number of younger people do not know how to fish and hunt.
The DNR created a grant program in 2015 to help local groups support Minnesota's angling and hunting heritage. The program aims to address concerns over declines in hunting and angling participation.
The Angler and Hunter Recruitment and Retention Grant Program works to get more people to hunt or fish through their participation or commitment to these activities. At a minimum, people leave with positive experiences and opinions toward hunting and fishing.
The program also aims to help Minnesotans continue to hunt and fish, as well as continue their economic, social or political involvement in these activities.
Grants from $5,000 to $50,000 will be awarded. No match is required, but organizations are encouraged to include a match of dollars or in-kind labor, materials or services. The amount of match provided by applicants will be considered in the evaluation of proposals. All hunting and angling equipment (bows, rods, tackle, etc.) and other related items with a purchase value of $4,999 or less are eligible and shall remain the property of the grantee.
The DNR provides grant funds as authorized by the Minnesota Legislature. All grant agreements must comply with the laws and regulations governing the DNR. Multi-organization collaborations are encouraged.