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MassWildlife seeks qualified applicants to recommend for funding to bring conservation education and fishing experiences to Hispanic families through RBFF's George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Education Fund.
11/27/2017
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Division of Marine Fisheries
Mother and daughter fishing

MassWildlife is seeking qualified applicants to recommend for a national, competitive grant to bring conservation education and fishing experiences to Hispanic families through the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF)'s George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund. The Fund supports state and local efforts to educate and engage families in high-density Hispanic communities through fishing programs, classes, and activities.

In honor of President George H.W. Bush, Bass Pro Shops Founder and CEO Johnny Morris donated $125,000 in 2014 to bring conservation education and fishing experiences to Hispanic families in key metropolitan areas of Texas and Florida. With the help of donations from other companies and organizations, this fund has continued to grow and expand nationally to keep future generations educated about the joys of fishing and boating and the importance of conservation. For Hispanic families, fishing provides an opportunity to spend time together, away from the distractions and stress of everyday life. It’s an activity that the whole family can participate in, from the youngest of children to the eldest of grandparents. The purpose of these grant funds is to educate and engage families living in high-density Hispanic communities through fishing programs. Programs must be family-focused and gender inclusive, take place in metro areas, and encourage participation across multiple generations. While a majority of participating families will be Hispanic, the event will be open to families of all races and ethnicities.

RBFF partners with state fish and wildlife agencies, such as MassWildlife, to sub-grant funds to local organizations. In accordance with George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund, government agencies and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations/non-political groups are eligible to receive these funds. Religious groups are eligible only if non-religious, fully-inclusive activities are planned. Grant recipients will be required to provide 1:1 cash matching funds. MassWildlife will recommend Massachusetts applications for funding consideration to RBFF. The final selection of grantees will be made by the Education Fund Advisory Board (this advisory board is not affiliated with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts). Please note, there is no guarantee that a Massachusetts organization will be selected for funding.

Responses to the Request for Proposals must be postmarked on or before Thursday, December 7, 2017 or emailed by midnight on Thursday, December 7, 2018. Click here for application materials.

If you have questions about this grant opportunity, please contact Jennifer Ford of MassWildlife at jennifer.ford@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6329.

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.

Division of Marine Fisheries 

The Division of Marine Fisheries manages the state’s commercial and recreational saltwater fisheries and oversees other services that support the marine environment and fishing communities.

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