A long-time fixture in the saltwater world, AFTCO, is making a splash in the freshwater market now with innovative and functional fishing apparel. But one thing that has not changed is AFTCO’s commitment to conservation and the company’s pledge to donate 10% of their profits each year to conservation initiatives.
Grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to the best proposals for conservation-related projects from B.A.S.S. Nation states, clubs, high school or college teams. Qualified projects must directly involve youth in such a way as to teach the importance of resource stewardship and the leadership role that anglers play as conservationists. A project may be part of a larger project — and working with partners is strongly encouraged — and must have an endorsement of the local fisheries management agency, working to accomplish goals of mutual benefit. The project must also have an evaluation component to determine success. Projects that will be considered should make a significant contribution to one or more of these areas:
- Protect or enhance natural or artificial fish habitat.
- Prevent, manage or eliminate aquatic invasive species via action or education/outreach.
- Demonstrate best practices in tournament fish care to maximize survival of released fish.
- Protect or enhance angler or boater access to public waters.
- Address an acute or chronic aquatic resource pollution issue.
- Demonstrate a new or innovative approach to conservation education.
Go to the AFTCO grant application page where the requirements are explained and proposals can be submitted online.
The application deadline is April 15, 2021, with winners notified by May 15, 2021.