Small project application deadline Feb. 13
PRATT — The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Chickadee Checkoff Program has funded hundreds of nongame species projects through the years. These efforts range from very short, simple projects costing $500 — such as Backyard Habitat Improvement and Outdoor Wildlife Learning site projects — to much more substantial projects requiring as much as $100,000 — such as funding for the Kansas Natural Areas Surveys.

Most larger projects leverage Checkoff funds with matching federal grants through the Endangered Species Act and the State Wildlife Grants Program. KDWP funds several larger projects addressing sensitive species and general nongame needs based on the state wildlife action plan, "A Future for Kansas Wildlife."

This small grants program, however, makes available $20,000 of annual contributions to the Chickadee Checkoff for small, non-federal grant projects. These project proposals must address elements in Kansas' Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan (CWCP), "A Future for Kansas Wildlife." For information on this program, go to the KDWP website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us, type "Kansas CWCP" in the search box, then click the link, "Kansas CWCP."

Applications should be no longer than two pages and include project title, name of applicant and contact information, purpose of the project and how the project relates to priorities in "A Future for Kansas Wildlife," amount being requested (up to $5,000) and what it will be used for, and a schedule for completion of the project.

These short proposals should be emailed to Ken Brunson, wildlife diversity coordinator, by clicking here. The deadline for submission is Feb. 13. Requests may be made to fund a portion or all of a proposed project. For more information, email the above address or phone Brunson at 620-672-0792.