PLJV ConocoPhillips Grant Program

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In 1990, shortly after Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) was formed, ConocoPhillips (then Phillips Petroleum) joined the Management Board—helping to create the business foundation of our operations and funding an annual grant program to support habitat conservation. Since the partnership began, nearly $2.5 million in PLJV ConocoPhillips grants have been awarded to support more than 150 conservation projects throughout the PLJV region. With more than 6:1 partner match, those funds were leveraged to $16 million. Cumulatively, the projects have affected over 68,000 acres of bird habitat—12,500 of which have been wetlands. The habitat projects have benefited 66 priority bird species including Whooping Crane, Greater and Lesser Prairie-Chicken, Mountain Plover, Least Tern, and Northern Pintail, plus many more bird species and other wildlife.

The PLJV ConocoPhillips Grant Program supports habitat conservation for wintering, migrating and breeding birds in portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas (see map). Proposals are accepted in three categories — habitat conservation, research, and outreach — with the majority of the funding dedicated to habitat conservation projects. Funding is limited to no more than $25,000 per project. Proposals must have a minimum of a 1:1 match, with preference given to projects that have higher levels of matching funds, and must show engagement from state wildlife agencies and how the project involves PLJV priorities. Selected projects are funded on a reimbursement basis.

The annual grant RFP is usually announced in September, with applications due 7-8 weeks later. Grantees are then notified in late January. To submit an application, download the RFP and proposal instructions below. Please pay close attention to the instructions and requirements when developing and submitting your proposal to ensure it is accepted.

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Proposal Instructions and Forms

PLJV Priorities

Grant Deliverables

Grantees will also be required to provide the following reports and information.

  • Reports: An interim report on activities must be submitted to PLJV by June 1 and the final report by Dec. 1. One reimbursement will be available after an interim report has been received and reimbursable work has been completed. Final reports must be received before the balance of funds is disbursed.
  • Photographs: Final reports must include photographs. Photographs should be sent as separate files, even if they are also embedded in the report. Habitat projects must submit pre-and post-project photographs. For native prairie restoration, including wetland buffers, pictures are also encouraged after prairie establishment (1-3 yrs after planting). Other photos could include activities in progress or site signage. Outreach projects may submit photographs of events or other activities. Research projects may submit photographs of scientists collecting data or other photographs of work in progress. PLJV reserves the right to use all photos in their communications, including newsletters, website, and presentations.
  • Maps: For habitat projects, maps showing final project boundaries are required. These may be electronic or drawn on USGS quads or aerial photos. Project boundary polygons (Arc-GIS or Arc-View shapefiles) are also encouraged.
  • Publications and other media: For research projects, reprints of any publications resulting from the project are required. Reprints will be submitted to the PLJV staff as soon as they are available, electronically if possible. For outreach projects, submit copies of any printed or electronic media and any other tangible material produced.