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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Programs to Provide Recreation and Conservation Education to Hispanic Families

George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund Grant


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George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/23 - Deadline for State agency review; Local applicants must submit their application to their state agency. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and government agencies for programs to provide recreation and conservation education to families. Local organizations must submit an application to the state agency prior to the deadline. While the primary focus for funding is Hispanic families, programs must take place in urban areas and be ethnically inclusive.

The George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund supports state and local efforts to educate and engage families in high-density Hispanic communities through urban fishing programs, classes and fishing activities. To further the reach and facilitate partnerships at the local level, the Fund provides funds for state agencies to match and sub-grant to local organizations to support programs with multiple fishing and boating experiences.

Programming must be:

  • Family-focused: Program will encourage participation across multiple generations and gender.
  • Focused on Multiple Opportunities: Program will provide multiple opportunities for the same audience to participate in fishing and/or boating.
  • Metro-centric: Program will encourage focus in metro areas. Greater consideration will be given to programs in urban areas.
  • Ethnically-inclusive: While a majority of participating families will be Hispanic, the event will be open to families of all races/ethnicities.
  • Evaluated: Program will collect participant information and conduct program evaluation surveys.

To be Considered for Funding:

  • Program will include, for each participant, multiple hands-on and on-the-water learning opportunities to fish from shore or fish from a boat.
  • Program will:
    • Introduce fishing and/or boating to youth and/or families
    • Provide hands-on fishing skills development
    • Teach and reinforce water safety and/or safe boating behaviors
    • Provide hands-on conservation and aquatic stewardship activities
  • Program is designed to connect with urban communities through organizational partnerships and affiliations, family programming, and, if possible, existing events and access points near targeted audiences.

Greater Consideration will be given to Programs that:

  • Occur in urban areas
  • Include bilingual capabilities
  • Provide greater than required cash and/or in-kind match
  • Demonstrate cost-effectiveness and minimize overhead costs
  • Encourage continued participation beyond programmatic participation
  • Follow up with participants to provide additional opportunities and ongoing engagement, demonstrating the principles of recruitment, retention and reactivation
  • Promote and as resources for program participants


Additional Eligibility Criteria
State agencies receive and sub grant funds to local organizations.
- Government agencies and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations/non-political groups are eligible to receive funds from the state agencies. Religious groups are eligible only if non-religious, fully-inclusive activities are planned.

Pre-Application Information
• RBFF announces availability of grant funding to state agencies and provides Grant Application Form and State Cover Page Form by October 31, 2023.
• State agency ranks Grant Applications and determines recommendations for funding. State point of contact submits only the recommended Grant Application(s), along with their State Cover Page(s) with their proposed matching funds, to RBFF contact by December 15, 2023 for the Advisory Board’s review.
• Advisory Board selects final grant recipients.
• RBFF notifies state agency points of contact by January 26, 2024.
• RBFF provides grant funding to the state agency (or approved designated recipient) by January 31, 2024.
• State agency provides funding and matching funding to individual grantees to support programs. It is imperative grantees receive program funding support as close to January 31, 2024 as possible. Time is of the essence.
• Programs run any time from February 1 to November 1, 2024.

State agencies must provide a minimum 1:1 cash match.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Minimum of $5,000 required for grant program applications.

Term of Contract
Applicants should plan programming any time from February 1 to November 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Submit applications to the email address below.

RBFF Contact
Jaime Koch, Staff Accountant/Subgrant Administrator,

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