Education & Outreach

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, $2,312,764.30 has been awarded to help fund 360 projects. The MDWFP is an active partner in many of these projects such as Youth Waterfowl Hunting & Education Initiative Camp, Camp Fish, Deer Hunt for Youth with Disabilities, Youth Trappers College, Wildlife Conservation Camp, Fishing  Rodeos, and the YPI Squirrel Hunt. 

2021- 2022 YPI Grant Recipients

The MDWFP is pleased to announce that 49 projects were selected for funding for the 2021- 2022 grant period. Download a list of 2021-2022 YPI grant recipients.


2022- 2023 YPI Grants 

The MDWFP will be accepting applications for the 2022-2023 funding period beginning April 1, 2022.  Applications will be available on this page April 1, 2022. Applications must be submitted between April 1-May 10, 2022. The application period has been extended to May 10, 2022 due to some issues with the new electronic submission process. 

2022-2023 YPI Guidelines 


Please email is you are having issues with this application. 


Youth Participation Initiative Final Reports

Final reports for YPI projects must be submitted within 30 days of project completion. For the 2021 - 2022 funding period, all projects must be completed by May 30, 2022.  Download final report for 2021-2022.

Submit reports by EMAIL to:

Maj. Megan Fedrick
Director of Hunter/Boater Education

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