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Youth Participation Initiative

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. 

2016- 2017 YPI Grant Recipients
The MDWFP is pleased to announce that 23 projects were selected for funding for the 2016- 2017 grant period. Download the list of 2016- 2017 YPI grant recipients.

2017- 2018 YPI Grants
The MDWFP will begin accepting applications for the 2017- 2018 funding period on April 1, 2017Applications will be accepted until 5 pm on May 1, 2017.

Guidelines | Download Grant Application

Youth Participation Initiative Final Reports

Final reports for YPI projects must be submitted within 30 days of project completion. For the 2016 - 2017 funding period, all projects must be completed by May 30, 2017. Download  


Karri Fulton
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
Office: (601) 432-2172            
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