Grants Assist Communities to Encourage Youth to Go Fishing
Posted: 04/12/2011

Eight Iowa organizations were awarded a Community Fishing Outreach Grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to give youth and families fishing experiences and opportunities in their community.

Organizations receiving the grants include the Davenport Parks and Recreation, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Jasper County Conservation Board, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Muscatine County Conservation Board, Storm Lake Community School District, West Union Parks and Recreation and Woodbury County Conservation Board. This is the second year for this competitive grant.

The Community Fishing Outreach Grant will provide an avenue for outdoor recreation for youth and encourage fishing as a lifelong recreational activity. Fishing is a fun way for youth and families to meet the "outside for 60 minutes a day" goal recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The organizations will work with various partners in the community to provide multiple and ongoing opportunities for youth and families.

For information on local fishing opportunities, check the Iowa DNR Special Events Calendar at https://programs.iowadnr.gov/specialevents/ and the Fish Iowa! Facebook® page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fish-Iowa/48335245846

The Community Fishing Outreach Grant is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Program. Seventy-five percent of the monies for Aquatic Education are provided by a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund, which is maintained by a 10 percent excise tax on fishing tackle and related items and taxes on boat motor fuel. State matching funds are paid with fishing license dollars.