On August 15, the Rural Services Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) announced that it would award $808,146.04 to schools and educators in Arkansas to support education programs in conservation during the 2022-2023 school year. Applications are open to any school or conservation district in the state through October 27.
The funds for these grants come from wildlife fines collected by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), and the AEDC awards the grants to schools in the same counties where the fines are collected.
“Each year, we look forward to partnering with the AGFC and together supporting our state’s students in improving access to conservation education,” said Secretary of Commerce and Executive Director of the AEDC, Mike Preston. “Our communities, our students, and our economy benefit when children have many opportunities to experience all that the natural state has to offer.”
AGFC Education Chief Tabbi Kinion says the grants can significantly improve learning opportunities for young people, especially in rural Arkansas.
“Many of the programs promoted by the AGFC, such as archery in schools, the WILD project and wild fishing, can be funded through these grants,” Kinion said. “But they can also be used to purchase materials unique to conservation education and even help offset the costs of field trips to AGFC nature centers, hatcheries, and other learning opportunities. outdoors.”
All AGFC Nature Centers are free to the public.
More information about the program, a link to the application site and a list of grants by county are available on line.
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