Feb. 1, 2012
Small wildlife enhancement project application deadline Feb. 29, 2012
PRATT — The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) Chickadee Checkoff Program has funded hundreds of nongame species projects through the years. These range in scope from small species survey projects of $500 or less to efforts of $100,000 or more when used with matching federal funding sources such as the Endangered Species Act and the State Wildlife Grants Program.

This small grants program reserves $20,000 of annual contributions to the Chickadee Checkoff for nongame small grant projects. These small grant project proposals (for up to $5,000) must address issues and strategies listed in Kansas' Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan (CWCP), "A Future for Kansas Wildlife ." More information on the Kansas CWCP may be found by clicking “Services/Kansas CWCP” on the KDWPT website, www.kdwpt.state.ks.us.

Applicants will be required to contribute a minimum of 25 percent of the total project cost. This match can either be a cash contribution from a federal or non-federal source or in-kind contributions of labor, materials, equipment use, or other. A committee of KDWPT professionals will review all applications based on established ranking criteria so that all applicants are considered fairly and that the best projects are chosen. KDWPT reserves the right to fund portions or the entire proposed project amount as agreed upon with the applicant.

Applications should be no longer than two pages and include project title, name of applicant and contact information, purpose of the project, how the project relates to the CWCP, “A Future for Kansas Wildlife,” and must include budget-fulfilling matching requirements.

For information and examples of issues and strategies eligible for this program on the Chickadee Checkoff Program, go to the KDWP website, www.kdwpt.state.ks.us, then click “Services/Wildlife Diversity/Chickadee Checkoff.”

Proposals may be submitted online by completing the Chickadee Checkoff Small Grants Form, found on the Chickadee Checkoff Program website or emailed to Chris Berens, habitat conservation ecologist, at chris.berens@ksoutdoors.com, or phone Berens at 620-672-0771. The deadline for submission is Feb. 29.