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B.A.S.S. Nation Clubs Can Now Apply for Grants from the FishAmerica Foundation/B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Fund

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Fund in the FishAmerica Foundation (FAF) is entertaining proposals for 2015 projects.

B.A.S.S. Nation clubs in need of funding for activities, projects, and programs related to fisheries and aquatic resource conservation and research can find the application forms here. Funding requests from $500 to $5,000 will be considered.

The deadline for submitting grant proposals is November 30th, 2014. Project submissions will be judged by an expert panel representing B.A.S.S. Conservation, FAF and fisheries management & research. Awards will be announced at the 2015 Bassmaster Classic in Greenville, South Carolina.

The fund will support grants for local efforts to accomplish fisheries management projects that include participation in research, as well as on-the-ground restoration of lake and river habitats, important to fish and aquatic ecosystems. Emphasis is on using grass-roots approaches to restore fisheries resources and habitat across America, including the Great Lakes region and Ontario.

A 2013 donation from Simms Fishing Products provided the seed money for this program. Those funds were awarded in February 2014 at the Bassmaster Classic Conservation Summit to the New Hampshire B.A.S.S. Nation for a project studying the movement of bass near a popular weigh-in location using radio telemetry.

In 2014, Nationwide Insurance made a donation to the account that will be the source of funds for the award(s) to be presented at the 2015 Classic.

“This partnership with FishAmerica Foundation provides B.A.S.S. with the chance to expand our reach in on-the-ground conservation opportunities,” said Gene Gilliland, B.A.S.S. Conservation Director. “And we really appreciate the donation from Nationwide that has allowed us to continue this grant program for a second year.”

Under the program, grants will be provided on a one-to-one matching ratio. Clubs must match the grant funds with an equivalent value in money, materials or in-kind services. Interim and final reports will be required of grant recipients to show B.A.S.S., FAF and donors that progress is being made and the funds are being used as planned.

For more information on the grant program, contact B.A.S.S. Conservation Director, Gene Gilliland at ggilliland@bassmaster.com.

2015 FAF-BASS Nation Conservation Grant Application (PDF)

   
 

2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Fund Award Recipient
The New Hampshire B.A.S.S. Nation received a $5,000 grant for its bass research project. This project involves radio tagging smallmouth and largemouth bass released into Little Swam Lake after tournaments. The movements of tagged fish will be monitored for 1½ years to determine the percentage of bass that will return to the locations where they are caught. Results from this project will be used to evaluate appropriate bass tournament rules and provide the public with continued opportunities to appreciate and best utilize their resource. To date, 33 fish (10 largemouth and 23 smallmouth) have been tagged. Periodic project updates can be found here.

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