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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2018

Contact: Caryn Shinske (609) 984-1795
Lawrence Hajna (609) 292-2994

CONSERVE WILDLIFE MATCHING GRANTS NOW AVAILABLE TO NONPROFIT
ORGANIZATIONS; APPLICATIONS DUE TO DEP BY DECEMBER 14

(18/P097) TRENTON – Nonprofit groups that work on projects advancing wildlife diversity and education in New Jersey are eligible to apply to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for matching grants to help support their initiatives, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Revenues generated by the Conserve Wildlife License Plate renewal fundThe Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program is offering grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,500 as a result of revenues generated by the Conserve Wildlife License Plate renewal fund. The program will award $37,000 in grants for 2019. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.

Eligible projects will benefit New Jersey’s endangered, threatened and nongame wildlife through education, outreach, research, species protection or habitat management.  Past projects have included pollinator habitat plantings, bird migration studies, invasive species control, citizen science projects, and a broad range of others.  Projects should help to address an important threat or action highlighted in New Jersey’s State Wildlife Action Plan.

Since launching in 2008, the program has awarded 80 grants totaling $237,000.

Only nonprofit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations are eligible to apply for the grants.  Requests must be submitted electronically to MacKenzie.Hall@dep.nj.gov by the deadline.  Award notifications will be made by Jan. 25, 2019.

For more information about the program, or for proposal guidelines, visit the Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program at njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/cwgrants.htm or call the Endangered and Nongame Species Program at (609) 292-9400.

Conserve Wildlife license plates may be purchased at a local Motor Vehicle Commission location, from any New Jersey automobile dealer when buying or leasing a new car, or by calling (609) 292-6500, Ext. 5061 to request a mail-in form. Motor Vehicle locations are listed at www.nj.gov/mvc/Vehicle/DedicatedPlates.htm

To learn more about the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s “Drive Conservation Home” License Plate campaign, visit njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/plates.htm and remember to check the New Jersey Endangered Wildlife Fund line on your New Jersey State Tax Form.

For more information about the Division of Fish and Wildlife, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/.

Like the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NJFishandWildlife/.

Follow the Division of Fish and Wildlife on Instagram @newjerseyfishandwildlife.

Follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP.

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