State offering grants to get Hispanic community involved in fishing

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is offering $15,000 in matching grants to build interest in fishing among the state’s Hispanic population. The money is being made available to DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division to nonprofit groups, as part of two national programs; the George H.W. Bush program called Vamos A Pescar Education Fund and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. The two groups are teaming up to make $100,000 available nationwide, to help states and communities teach and involve families in high-density Hispanic communities how to get involved with fishing.

“The DEEP has been working to raise awareness of the great fishing in and around our urban neighborhoods,” said Susan Whalen, Deputy Commissioner of DEEP. “This grant money will help build upon those efforts.”

“Initiatives like our Community Fishing Waters Program, Enhanced Shoreline Opportunity Fishing Sites, and publication of freshwater and saltwater fishing brochures in Spanish, are a great foundation for encouraging all people to fish in Connecticut’s pristine waters,” Deputy Commissioner Whalen said.

To be Considered for Funding

* Must be a 501(c)(3) organization

* Must have matching funds from the state equal to 1:1

* Applicants should plan programming any time from February 1 to November 1.

* Program will provide multiple opportunities to educate youth and their families to participate as anglers promote good stewardship toward the state’s aquatic resources, to include, for each participant, multiple hands-on and on-the-water learning opportunities to fish from shore or fish from a boat.

* Program will:

* introduce fishing to youth and/or families

* provide hands-on fishing skills development

* teach and reinforce water safety

* provide hands-on conservation and aquatic stewardship activities

* Program is designed to connect with community through organizational partnerships, affiliations and leadership, family programming, and if possible, existing events and access points near targeted audiences.

* Program will conduct pre- and post- program evaluation surveys and collect participant contact information.

Greater Consideration will be Given to Programs that

* Include bilingual capabilities

* Provide greater than required cash and/or in-kind match

* Demonstrate cost effectiveness and minimize overhead costs

* Encourage continued participation beyond programmatic participation

* Follow up with participants to provide additional opportunities and ongoing engagement, demonstrating the principles of recruitment, retention and reactivation

* Promote and as resources for program participants

For additional information or questions please contact Mike Beauchene at 860-424-4185 or . All applications are due October 31st.

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