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, $978,981 has been awarded to help fund 127
projects. The MDWFP is an active partner in many of these
projects such as Youth Waterfowl Hunting & Education Initiative
Camp, Camp Fish, Wheelin Sportsmen Deer Hunt for Youth with
Disabilities, Fall Wildlife Festival, Minority Wildlife Ecology
Camp, Youth Quail Hunting Camp, and YPI Squirrel Hunt.
2014- 2015 YPI Grant Recipients
The MDWFP is pleased to announce that 21 projects
were selected for funding for the 2014- 2015 grant period. Download the
list of 2014- 2015 YPI grant recipients.
2015 - 2016 YPI Grants
The MDWFP will begin accepting applications for the 2014-
2015 funding period on June 9, 2015. Guidelines | Download Grant
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