PLJV ConocoPhillips Grant Program

Grant Program Supports Bird Habitat Conservation

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 $2.5 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, 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.

The annual grant RFP is usually announced in March, with applications due 5-6 weeks later. Grantees are then notified in late June. If you’d like to be notified when the RFP is announced and receive other communications about the grant program, subscribe to our mailing list.

2018 Grant RFP

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PLJV announces the availability of funding for projects that address the PLJV mission within the Joint Venture’s boundaries, which includes portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas (see map). Funding is available for habitat conservation projects that benefit grassland birds. This grant program is very competitive, so submitting a high-quality, high-leverage proposal is recommended.

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 support and involvement from state wildlife agencies and how the project fits with PLJV priorities. Projects selected are funded on a reimbursement basis, with all funds to be spent by May 1, 2019.

Download the proposal instructions, template, and related documents using the links below.

Read through the requirements before developing your proposal, as the guidelines have changed, and pay close attention to the template and instructions to ensure your proposal is accepted. Send a PDF of your proposal to PLJV Conservation Delivery Leader Christopher Rustay at

Deadline: Applications are due by 5pm MDT on April 13, 2018. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions the last week of June 2018.