Community Assistance Program (CAP)

The Community Assistance Program was initiated by the Missouri Department of Conservation (Department) in 1980 to provide close-to-home fishing opportunities in communities throughout the State of Missouri. The program addresses fisheries management at existing lakes and ponds, and cooperatively develops facilities for anglers and boaters at lake and stream areas.

Eligible Practices

Under the terms of these cooperative agreements, the Department will provide fisheries management (including appropriate stocking, habitat improvement, special regulations, and enforcement of the Wildlife Code of Missouri) on lakes, ponds, and stream accesses under agreement. The partners, in return, will conduct facilities development (if applicable to their agreement) including permitting, design, construction, certification and all maintenance — large or small, partners will need to follow all applicable codes and laws (including ADA requirements).

Eligible Groups

Eligible applicants include: cities, counties, state and federal agencies, businesses, foundations, schools, and colleges.

Funding Amounts

If infrastructure is to be developed, it will be done through a cash grant reimbursement of up to 75% of the total cost of design, development and construction.

Application Process

Find your local Fisheries Management Biologist for assistance in applying at

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