The Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) Program was established
in 2009 to provide funding for the purpose of educating children in
the areas of hunting, fishing, conservation, and safety. The
MDWFP encourages applicants to focus on the education, recruitment,
or retention of youth in the areas listed above or in any safety
issues arising from the areas of hunting, fishing, or
conservation. Preference is given to those projects
demonstrating focus on new ideas, new programs, or programs
directed at involving youth that have little or no prior experience
in the fields of hunting, fishing, or conservation.
To date, $1,319,459.00 has been awarded to help fund 172
projects. The MDWFP is an active partner in many of these
projects such as Youth Waterfowl Hunting & Education Initiative
Camp, Camp Fish, Golden Triangle Outdoors-Deer Hunt for Youth with
Disabilities, Youth Trappers College, Wildlife Conservation
Camp, Youth Sea Camp, and YPI Squirrel Hunt.
2015- 2016 YPI Grant Recipients
The MDWFP is pleased to announce that 25 projects
were selected for funding for the 2015- 2016 grant period. Download the list of 2015- 2016 YPI grant
2016- 2017 YPI Grants
The MDWFP will begin accepting applications for the 2016-
2017 funding period on April 12, 2016.
Applications will be accepted until 5 pm on May 1,
Guidelines | Download Grant Application
Youth Participation Initiative Final
Final reports for YPI projects must be submitted within 30 days
of project completion. For the 2014 - 2015 funding period,
all projects must be completed by August 1, 2015.
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and
Fax: (601) 432-2203