TWRA Offering Grant Money for Conservation Projects

Grant money provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency can be used for a wide variety of projects such as tools, work gloves or garbage bags for litter cleanup projects. (Photo: Richard Simms)

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides annual grants to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups with stream clean-up projects and planting projects.

Five grants, up to $1,000 each, are available for each of TWRA’s four regional Aquatic Habitat Protection projects (a total of $5,000 per region). The funds will be obligated as grants, so the grantee must have a nonprofit tax number. The projects are to be completed, the money spent, and a report submitted by June 30, 2020.  The application deadline for this program is June 30, 2019.

The grant money could be used to buy supplies such as rakes, work gloves, and garbage bags. Also, it could be used to pay disposal fees for solid waste and tire removal or to provide promotional items like project advertisement or T‑shirts and refreshments for volunteer support.

Grant proposals should include the applicant organization’s name, tax ID number, address, phone, and name of a contact person authorized to enter into contractual agreement on behalf of the organization.  The proposal should also include the name of the stream, county or counties involved, and the project area and description.

Contact TWRA’s Della Sawyers at (615) 781-6577 or by email at with any questions. For additional information, interested persons may also contact a regional Aquatic Habitat Protection Biologist at the TWRA regional offices listed below:

Region 3 (Dayton/Upper Cumberland region)
Bobby Brown
464 Industrial Boulevard
Crossville, TN  38555
(931) 484-9571

Region I (West Tennessee)
Allen Pyburn
200 Lowell Thomas Drive
Jackson, TN  38301
(731) 423-6541

Region 2 (Middle Tennessee)
Mike Murdock
P O Box 41489
Nashville, TN  37204
(615) 781-6581

Region 4 (East Tennessee)
Rob Lindbom
3030 Wildlife Way
Morristown, TN  37814
(423) 587-7037

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Richard Simms is a professional journalist and fishing guide in Chattanooga. (See He is also a former wildlife officer for TWRA, a book author and a self-proclaimed "River Rat" with a sincere desire for spreading the message about our bountiful natural resources and the people charged with using, or protecting them.


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