Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is pleased to announce the 2017/2018 Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) will begin accepting applications on April 1, 2017. The YPI was established to provide funding for the purpose of educating youth in the areas of hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation, and natural resource conservation. During 2016-2017, the YPI provided a total of $197,630.00 to help fund 24 projects across Mississippi.
State agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. Interested applicants are urged to consider projects that focus on recruitment, retention, and/or education of youth in the fields of hunting, fishing, or conservation. Projects that consider increasing opportunity in the areas of hunting, fishing, conservation or educating youth in any area of safety relating to hunting, fishing, or conservation are also encouraged. Applications will be accepted until 5 pm on May 1, 2017.
For more information regarding recreational opportunities for youth, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/education-outreach or call us at (601) 432-2400. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.