Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is helping to fund 27 new outdoor youth projects with a $55,000 grant.A generous $55,000 grant from The Virginia Wildlife Grant Program, created under the state’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in 2014, has awarded funding for 27 different outdoor youth projects that will affect thousands of school-aged children and teens. Each project will be run by a separate organization, and 11 of the 27 projects will help in connecting at-risk youth with outdoor activities, such as wildlife viewing, archery, trapping, fishing, boating, hunting, and shooting sports. [caption id="attachment_5198" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] courtesy of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries[/caption] The bulk of the $55,000 grant will be used towards wildlife viewing with $19,466 being dispersed to 10 different wildlife viewing organizations, $10,520 going to four different fishing programs, $8,397 being spent on four boating programs, $7,507 to be shared by four separate archery programs, $3,325 to be split by two shooting sports programs, $3,300 going toward two hunting programs, and $2,500 going to a trapping program.
The grant was made possible by contributions from businesses and business owners like Richmond Ford’s Ron Kody, who donated $2,000 in 2016 and $7,000 this year. [gallery size="full" ids="5200,5201"] The Virginia Wildlife Grant Program has, since being launched in 2014, supported 128 youth outdoor projects with $115,000 in funding, impacting 30,000 kids statewide. The program awards funding to government agencies, schools, and nonprofits that focus on connecting youth to the great outdoors. Virginia businesses, business owners, and individuals who wish to help support the program can make a tax-deductible donation by contacting Tom Wilcox at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at (804)-367-6892 or email Tom.Wilcox@dgf.virginia.gov.