George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Education Fund

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Pursuant to the George H. W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Educational Fund and Fish and Game Code Section 1501.5(b), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has established a competitive grant program to fund projects that supports state and local efforts to educate and engage California’s Hispanic communities in metrocentric settings through bilingual, multigenerational, and multigendered programs, classes and fishing and boating activities.


Funds may be used for projects, including but not limited to experiential or hands-on fishing education, community activities promoting good fishery stewardship, technical fishing skills development, fishing-related workshops and classes, apprentice-level fishing trips with hands-on instruction, and other such events that promote recreational fishing in California.

Multiple bilingual events with the same audience must occur throughout the grant cycle in order for programs to be considered.   

All events submitted as part of the grant application must:

Programs must have an evaluation component, established goals and objectives, and defined metrics to measure outcomes to be considered for funding. Be able to use in-person events and virtual platforms in conjunction with one another, as required by current local and state health and safety standards at the time of each event. Creativity around the integration of virtual and hands-on learning is encouraged. Begin no sooner than March 1, 2024 and conclude no later than November 1, 2024. Events planned before or after this date or reoccurring events that stretch beyond these dates should not be included on the application.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit

To be eligible for grant funding from the competitive grant program, an applicant's programs shall be a registered 501(c)3.

Eligible Geographies:

Project activities must be conducted in California (out of state projects are not eligible).

In addition, an applicant's programs shall be Metro-centric: Program will encourage focus in California metropolitan areas.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
End of January 2024
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
MAR 1 - NOV 1, 2024

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$5,000 – $20,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

Funding for this Request for Proposal (RFP) is provided from the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Educational Fund with support from the United States Fish and Wildlife Services Sport Fish Restoration Act and the CDFW. 

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Grantor will reimburse Grant Funds to Grantee in arrears. Only Grantee expenditures that are necessary to implement the Project, comply with applicable federal and State of California law, and made in accordance as set forth within the Grant Agreement are eligible for reimbursement from the Grant Funds.  Grantee expenditures must be completed between March 1, 2024 and November 1, 2024 in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
CDFW R3 Program, 1-916-203-1362,