The DSC Frontline Fund is created to give financial relief and assistance to professional hunters, guides and trackers who are seriously injured or killed in the course of providing professional hunting services before, during or after a hunt. The following eligibility requirements apply:
Fund for PHs and assistants (and their survivors)
1. Any injured or killed party must be a member in good standing (or be employed by a member in good standing) of the professional hunting association in the state or country in which the injured or killed resided (if such professional hunting association exists).
2. Any applicant must demonstrate to the Foundation’s satisfaction that the applicant (or applicant’s kin if applicant is applying on behalf of a person killed in the course of providing professional hunting services) has sustained serious bodily injury (or that the injured party was killed) in the course of providing professional hunting services. The Foundation may ask for information and documentation including, but not limited to, the following:
a. A written report, in English, from the applicant (or the applicant’s personal representative or next of kin if the injured party was killed in the accident), describing the accident (including the date of the accident), the name of the hunting organization for which the injured party was employed at the time of the accident, the name and contact information of the client for whom the hunt was contracted, the location of the accident – country, province and state, the name of the concession, ranch or property on which the accident occurred, the names and contact information of any and all witnesses to the accident, a description of the injuries sustained, the name of the professional hunting association to which applicant or applicant’s employer belongs and the date that applicant, or applicant’s employer, joined the applicable professional hunting association, a statement as to whether the injured party has health insurance coverage for the injuries sustained, the name and contact information of the injured party’s next of kin and personal representative (if one has been appointed);
b. Photographs of the injuries sustained by applicant and photographs and drawings or diagrams of the scene of the accident, if available;
c. Any written or recorded statements from any witness, healthcare provider or any person with knowledge of the accident or the injuries;
d. Copies of medical records documenting applicant’s treatment and prognosis and duration of treatment and invoices or statements evidencing the cost of such treatment (with English translation if applicable);
e. Such other information and/or documentation as may be requested by the Foundation.
3. The applicant must provide applicant’s contact information to the Foundation and must update said contact information while the application for benefits is pending.
4. The decision to grant, and the amount of any grant, is within the sole and absolute discretion of the Foundation. If and when a decision is made to make a grant, the Foundation will request payment instructions from the applicant.
Fund for survivors of government agents, rangers or game scouts who are killed while providing anti-poaching services: Applicant must be the immediate survivor of a government agent, ranger or game scout who was killed during the course of providing anti-poaching services. Any applicant must provide evidence that applicant is the immediate survivor of the deceased government agent, ranger or game scout, and that the deceased died from injuries received while engaging in anti-poaching services. Applicant must provide a written report, in English, supporting the above claims and contentions and must describe in detail the date, place and time of the events the led to the death of the deceased. The report must provide the names and contact information of witnesses and others who can verify the circumstances surrounding the death. Applicant must provide a report of the financial needs arising from the death of the deceased and the specific amount of monetary loss suffered by applicant as a result of the death. A death certificate or similar proof of death may be required and the Foundation may request additional information and documentation as it, in its sole discretion, may deem necessary.
The applicant must provide applicant’s complete contact information to the Foundation and must update said contact information while the application for benefits is pending.
The decision to grant, and the amount of any grant, is within the sole and absolute discretion of the Foundation. If and when a decision is made to make a grant, the Foundation will request payment instructions from the applicant.
Additional eligibility requirements and guidelines may apply at the discretion of the Foundation.