Apply for a Heritage Grant
The Heritage Fund Grant process is currently undergoing an internal review and improvement process, and as a result, there will not be a 2021 Heritage Fund Grant cycle.
Not all projects will meet the requirements of the K-12 Small Grants Program, but you can obtain further information by following the link below.
To better facilitate the school year, the grant opportunities for environmental education and outdoor education have been shifted to the AZGFD Education Branch. For more information about this new grant opportunity please visit our new K-12 Small Grants page.
In addition to government agencies the Department welcomes non-profit organizations to apply for a Heritage Grant as eligible applicants. This eligibility applies to any non-profit group which meets the internal revenue service definition of a 501(c) organization.
$380,000 is available for the 2020 grant cycle through a competitive application process in various categories, Schoolyard Habitat, Urban Wildlife/Habitat, Public Access, and IIAPM.
Heritage Fund money comes from Arizona Lottery ticket sales and was established by voter initiative in 1990. Heritage funding goes toward conservation efforts such as protecting endangered species, educating students and the general public about wildlife and the outdoors, and creating new opportunities for outdoor recreation.
The Heritage Fund Grant Program was established by the Arizona Game and Fish Department in 1992 as part of the overall Heritage Fund program. The grants program initially was developed as a way to promote outreach in order to enhance important partnerships and generate fresh approaches in support of the department’s mission. Since inception, the department has had the opportunity to award more than $16 million through the Heritage Fund grants program and support more than 800 projects throughout the state.
Applicants for the 2020 grant cycle should refer to the documents below for guidance on applying. The following documents have been revised and posted Sept. 13, 2019 to include the Heritage Grant Application Manual, the Heritage Grant Application Forms, and the various “Heritage Grant Funding Windows” documents, which describe eligibility information and provide specific guidance for goals and objectives listed within each grant sub-category.
Potential grant recipients must have a project that is either located in Arizona or involves research in which the wildlife or its habitat is located in Arizona.
“I am so thankful for grant programs like the Heritage Grant because it helped my dream become a reality. The schoolyard habitat has brought real world, hands-on learning to our school. It will continue to help students become aware of their environment and the need to conserve resources.”
4th grade Teacher, Peralta Trail Elementary School
Heritage Grant Application Manual – 2020 Grant cycle
The Heritage Grant Application Manual – 2020 Grant cycle has been revised to supersede previous versions.
Heritage Grant Application Form – 2020 Grant cycle
For use by all applicants. The revised application form will supersede all previous versions. Previous versions of this form will not be accepted in the upcoming Heritage Fund grant cycle.
Heritage Grant Eligibility Funding Windows
Funding goals and objectives lists supersede all previous versions.
Heritage Grant Scoring Process – 2020 Grant cycle
The current scoring process manual has been incorporated into the revised grant application manual and covers the Department’s prioritization process for Heritage Fund grants. Priorities are based on the Department’s Strategic plan and our Director’s annual goals and objectives. Scoring of grant proposals involves a thorough technical review and a Prioritization Committee evaluation and scoring process.
- Heritage Grant Score Sheet for Urban Wildlife, Public Access & IIAPM
- Heritage Grant Score Sheet for Schoolyard Habitat
We appreciate your continued support for the Heritage Fund grant program and look forward to many more successful years working together in developing partnerships for wildlife.
Heritage Grant information contact
Heritage Fund and Grants Administrator, Funds and Planning Section