TWRA Announces Availability Of 2014-15 Grant Dollars To Assist With Habitat Protection Program

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects and planting projects during the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Five grants, at $1,000 each, are available for each of TWRA’s four regional Aquatic Habitat Protection projects (a total of $5,000 per region). The funds will be obligated as grants, so the grantee must have a nonprofit tax number. The projects are to be completed, the money spent, and a report submitted by June 30, 2015. TWRA will accept project proposals through June 15.

The grant money could be used to buy supplies such as rakes, work gloves, and garbage bags. Also, it could be used to pay disposal fees for solid waste and tire removal or to provide promotional items like project advertisement or T-shirts and refreshments for volunteer support. 

Grant proposals should include the applicant organization’s name, tax ID number, address, phone, and name of a contact person authorized to enter into contractual agreement on behalf of the organization.  The proposal should also include the name of the stream, county or counties involved, and the project area and description.

Contact TWRA’s David McKinney at 615 781-6577 or by email at Dave.McKinney@tn.gov, or Della Sawyers at 615 781-6577 or by email at della-sawyers@tn.gov with any questions.


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