Funding Available for Conservation Efforts
CONOCOPHILLIPS GRANT PROPOSALS DUE NOVEMBER 1
The Playa Lakes Joint Venture announces the availability of funding for habitat, research and education/outreach projects through the ConocoPhillips Grant Program. Federal, state and NGO applicants are encouraged to apply and should submit proposals to their state representative by November 1, 2011.
Proposals should deal with priority birds, habitats, and/or issues in each of the three program areas. In general, habitat projects should provide measureable gain for priority species in priority habitats; outreach proposals should be linked to demonstrable habitat improvements; and research should address PLJV’s identified research priorities. A one to one match is required.
Past grants have included restoration of borrow pits at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, exploration of the effectiveness of playa buffers in Texas and the broader region, and support for background work needed to develop a state-wide prescribed burn alliance in Oklahoma. Other projects have used these funds, once granted, as non-federal match for small and standard North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants.
"ConocoPhillips not only brings more dollars to conservation projects throughout our six-state region, it also provides much-needed nonfederal match and additional partners, both of which are necessary when applying for other grants," says Ruben Cantu, Wildlife Division Regional Director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the chairman of PLJV’s Management Board. "For example, in the past two years, ConocoPhillips funds have helped PLJV partners obtain five NAWCA grants, which are putting $4.5 million into habitat conservation for birds."
For the past 20 years, ConocoPhillips has worked in close cooperation with PLJV and has contributed greatly to conservation programs throughout the region. During this time, ConocoPhillips has contributed over $2 million to help fund more than 250 conservation projects through an annual, competitive matching grant program administered by the PLJV. That $2 million has been leveraged more than three-fold by JV partners, providing a significant boost to local conservation efforts.
The ConocoPhillips grants for 2012 will be announced in early February.
For more information about the grant program or to download proposal instructions, visit the ConocoPhillips Grant Program on the PLJV website or contact Christopher Rustay at (505) 243-0737.
NAWCA SMALL GRANT PROPOSALS DUE OCTOBER 27
The deadline to submit proposals for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grants Program is October 27, 2011. If you are working on a project, it may not be too late to submit it—and Playa Lakes Joint Venture can help by determining the value of the project to birds in the area and directing applicants to planning tools.
NAWCA Small Grants can help fund small-scale wetlands projects anywhere within the PLJV boundaries, with up to $75,000 in matching funds available per project. In the past, these grants have been used to fund a variety of conservation practices—from acquisitions such as a 6,000-acre ranch conservation easement with 48 acres of playas in Colorado to projects like restoring 173 acres of the 243-acre Slate Creek wetland complex in Sumner County, Kansas.
Proposals should show a benefit to waterfowl and at least a one to one match of non-federal funds or in-kind contributions to the NAWCA request. It also helps to have more than one or two partners contributing match to the project.
"Often partners are unsure of what makes a good proposal," said PLJV Conservation Delivery Leader Christopher Rustay. "Projects that purchase wetlands (either fee-title or easement costs) and restoration projects have fared very well, even with the increased competition in the past few years. Generally, if a project has good wetland conservation value, brings partners together and contributes to conservation plans, the project will rank well."
The NAWCA national staff relies on Joint Ventures to rank and evaluate grant proposals, so it is essential that applicants work with the PLJV as they are preparing their proposal. The PLJV has developed a NAWCA Small Grant Checklist to help applicants stay on top of proposal requirements.
For more information, contact Christopher Rustay at (505) 243-0737.
CLIMATE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Climate Working Group compiled a list of climate funding opportunities. This document provides a snapshot of national and regional climate-related funding opportunities that are currently available.
Download the Climate Funding Opportunities document from the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative website.