Angler Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Grant Program

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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Predicted deadline: Feb 15, 2025 9:59pm PST

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Sport Fishing

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Wisconsin

Location of residency: Wisconsin


About the DNR

In keeping with our mission, the DNR is dedicated to working with Wisconsinites while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.

Angler Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Grant Program

The Angler Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (Angler R3) grant program provides financial assistance to partners who conduct Angler R3 programs and activities in Wisconsin. Funding is provided through the Dingell-Johnson Sportfish Restoration Act, a federal aid program.

The goals of the Angler R3 grant program are to grow the numbers of anglers in Wisconsin and expand angling participation among adults, particularly from non-traditional audiences. To achieve these goals, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will award cost-sharing funds to community-based organizations, community centers, government agencies, Wisconsin tribes, colleges, universities and schools to ensure the education and development of safe and ethical adult anglers.

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  • Grant awards may be up to 75% share of total eligible project costs.
  • Eligible Applicants Include:
    • Wisconsin counties, towns, villages and cities;
    • Wisconsin universities, colleges and technical schools;
    • other Wisconsin governmental units, as defined in s. 66.299, Wis. Stats.;
    • Wisconsin tribes;
    • Wisconsin school districts;
    • community-based organizations (i.e., nature centers, social service agencies, public health centers - particularly those that serve communities of color);
    • food security and local foods organizations; and
    • most, if not all, conservation organizations (i.e., local rod and gun clubs, sporting organizations, local chapters, and national organizations).
  • Eligible Items Include:
    • salaries, hourly wages, and fringe benefits for applicant employees;
    • consultant services;
    • purchased services – printing, mailings, room rental;
    • other purchased services (specify in grant application);
    • office or project supplies (specify in grant application);
    • project's programming supplies, such as fishing gear (specify in grant application);
    • background checks of mentors and instructors (required);
    • equipment purchase (defined as items that cost $5,000 or more);
    • hourly equipment rental changes (specify in grant application); and
    • other items to be specified in grant application such as bus or van rental to transport classes for fishing outings.


  • Ineligible Items Include:
    • costs incurred before the start date or after the end date of the grant agreement;
    • cost of fishing licenses for mentors/instructors and participants;
    • cost of routine fishing site maintenance including, but not limited to, mowing grass, painting signs and debris removal;
    • costs for which payment have been or will be received under another federal funding source;
    • fines and penalties due to violation of or failure to comply with federal, state, or local laws and regulations;
    • applicant's ordinary operating expenses, such as salaries and expenses of public officials that are not directly related to the project;
    • boat, auto, trucks, or office furniture purchases;
    • capital improvement projects; and
    • fee simple or easement land acquisitions.
    • fish stocking

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This page was last reviewed December 18, 2023 and last updated December 18, 2023