PLJV ConocoPhillips Capacity Grants
The PLJV ConocoPhillips Capacity Grant Program provides member states additional resources to deliver grassland habitat conservation projects that address PLJV priorities. The grants are intended to increase the ongoing ability of states to develop and deliver grassland habitat conservation, rather than directly support any particular habitat project. PLJV encourages grantees to identify bottlenecks in grassland habitat delivery within their state and think about projects/programs that remove or reduce these bottlenecks.
Grantees may be focus areas, habitat partnerships, or other coalitions wanting to do grassland habitat conservation work. Once funded, the partnerships work to strengthen their infrastructure and their ability to contribute to PLJV habitat objectives. While we do not expect immediate habitat accomplishments, continuing accomplishments are expected after two to three years and to extend well beyond the expiration of funding. Our intent is to support groups to get them on their feet and move beyond current capabilities.
The Capacity Grant program is by invitation only. Prospective grantees may contact PLJV at any time to discuss a project and explain how it will encourage additional and ongoing habitat conservation once PLJV funding for the project has stopped. If the project meets the program criteria, callers may be directed to talk with the appropriate PLJV staff member or state wildlife agency representative.
This program is supported through annual contributions from ConocoPhillips as well as through annual operations support to PLJV from the USFWS Southwest Region (legacy) Migratory Bird Program.
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, more than $2.8 million in PLJV ConocoPhillips grants have been awarded to support over 175 conservation projects throughout the PLJV region. With a partner match greater than 9:1, those funds have been leveraged to more than $20 million.
Cumulatively, the awarded projects have affected over 89,800 acres of bird habitat—13,000 of which have been wetlands—and have benefited 66 priority bird species including Whooping Crane, Greater and Lesser Prairie-Chicken, Mountain Plover, Long-billed Curlew, Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspur, Sprague’s Pipit, Least Tern, and Northern Pintail, plus many more bird and other wildlife species.
ConocoPhillips recently contributed an additional $100,000 to help extend the reach of our capacity grants, which will result in additional acres of grassland habitat.