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, $1,914,845 has been awarded to help fund 257 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.
2019- 2020 YPI Grant Recipients
The MDWFP is pleased to announce that 50 projects were selected for funding for the 2019- 2020 grant period. Download a list of 2019-2020 YPI grant recipients.
2020- 2021 YPI Grants
The MDWFP will be accepting applications for the 2020-2021 funding period beginning April 1, 2020. Applications can be submitted April 1-May 1, 2020.
Youth Participation Initiative Final Reports
Final reports for YPI projects must be submitted within 30 days of project completion. For the 2019 - 2020 funding period, all projects must be completed by May 30, 2020. Download final report for 2019-2020.
Due to cancellations and rescheduling of events caused by COVID-19, the final report due date will be extended until June 30, 2020.
Submit applications and reports by EMAIL to:
Cpt. Megan Fedrick
Director of Hunter Education
Office: (601) 432-2174