State Wildlife Grants

In 2000, Congress created the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. This program provides critical funding to every U.S. state and territory to plan and implement proactive conservation actions to prevent the nation's fish and wildlife from becoming endangered. The State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program is considered the core program for keeping species healthy and off the federal threatened and endangered species list, a goal shared by a broad constituency of conservationists, business, farmers, ranchers, and land developers.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is responsible for requesting and administering SWG to support the implementation of the Texas Conservation Action Plan (TCAP). State Wildlife Grants are distributed specifically for the protection and management of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) identified in the TCAP.

State Wildlife Grant Request for Proposals

The Nongame and Rare Species Program is offering grants to support implementation of the Texas Conservation Action Plan, to prevent the need to list, promote recovery, and enable conservation of SGCN. Proposals following the guidelines below will be accepted through 11:59pm Monday April 17, 2017.

To be considered for the award, proposals must be received by the deadline electronically to meredith.longoria@tpwd.texas.gov . Maximum individual award is expected to be $100,000.00. A 35% non-federal match will be required.

These funds can cover work conducted November 1, 2017-August 31, 2019. Prior to submittal, it is suggested that investigators contact the taxa-specific Nongame and Rare Species Program biologist to discuss and refine potential proposals.

UPDATE: Indirect costs are no longer capped at 15%.

TPWD has a statutory and fiduciary responsibility to maximize cost-effectiveness of grant dollars. One important measure of cost effectiveness is the quantity or quality of tangible products proposed to be generated from funded projects. Applicants may voluntarily reduce their reimbursable indirect (F&A) rates to dedicate more funds to their project goals. Unrecovered indirect costs may be used to meet match requirements.

How to Submit

Select Funding Priorities for 2017-2019
(Proposals focused on SGCN other than those listed below will also be accepted)

  1. Distribution of Kit Fox in Texas.
    • Need: While numerous research projects have studied the swift fox in Texas, there is no published research available on the Texas population of kit foxes. The literature on the swift fox indicates that it has undergone a significant range decline in recent decades (from 78 counties to just 2 counties), meanwhile, the status of the kit fox is completely unknown. Anecdotal reports from local ranchers suggest a possible decline, but research is needed to determine the current status. By researching the current distribution of the kit fox in Texas we will be equipping ourselves with the information needed to initiate effective conservation efforts to ensure this species persists in Texas in the future.
    • Gather baseline population and occurrence data on kit fox that includes three main objectives:
      1. Survey historical and potential sites to determine current distribution, and
      2. Design the study so that it can be replicated in the future for long-term trend analyses and for comparison with similar projects in other states, and
      3. Use landscape features to predict potential occupancy on un-surveyed lands.
  2. Tawny Crazy Ants (Nylanderia fulva): Ecological impact and control in the Lower Rio Grande Valley
    • Need: The non-native tawny crazy ant (Nylanderia fulva) is a rapid and aggressive invader that has the potential to negatively impact native invertebrate and vertebrate species through predation and competition. Recently established colonies in the Lower Rio Grande Valley are a particular threat to rare, native species in some of the most threatened and biologically diverse habitats in Texas.
    • Establish survey protocols and provide data on occurrence/ distribution that can be used as a baseline for future, long-term monitoring of the persistence and spread of N. fulva in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Quantify impacts to native animal communities in areas recently infested with N. fulva. Evaluate methods for the control of N. fulva colonies in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
    • Funding Amount: Not to exceed $50,000.00.
    • Duration: Not to exceed 2 years.
  3. Groundwater invertebrates: Identification of SGCN from curated samples.
    • Need: Over 50% of Texas’ 64 described, groundwater-obligate invertebrates are imperiled or critically imperiled. However, despite extensive collection across the state, many specimens in museum and research-institution holdings remain unidentified, hindering conservation status assessments for several species. Working with collections within the state, process existing biologic materials to provide recent information on the distribution of SGCN and potential SGCN.
    • Funding Amount: Not to exceed $5,000.00.
    • Duration: Not to exceed 6 months
  4. Population status and distribution of the Brazos water snake.
    • Need: The Brazos water snake is under review for listing under the Endangered Species Act, and is in need of continued monitoring efforts to assess the population status and distribution of this species, as well as to inform effective conservation efforts for this species.
  5. Distribution, Habitat Requirements, and Population Size of Riparian Birds in the Trans-Pecos.
    • Need: The Texas Conservation Action Plan identifies riparian areas as priorities for conservation in the Trans-Pecos. The 2013 Land and Water plan states that TPWD will protect and assist in the recovery of threatened, endangered and high-priority species. Riparian birds often have very limited ranges and several of these species, including the “Western” Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Gray Hawk, and Common Black Hawk, are identified as Species of Greatest Conservation Need and are of high conservation concern.
    • Gather information including the following main objectives:
      1. Survey sites to determine the current distribution of high priority riparian birds,
      2. Determine habitat requirements related to plant species composition, age classes, structure, patch size, availability and flow of surface water, and disturbance regimes,
      3. Identify locations with suitable habitat containing populations of high priority riparian birds and estimate population sizes for various species,
      4. Gather reports from local biologists, specialists, landowners, land managers, citizen scientists, and the literature to help locate existing and former riparian habitat,
      5. Design a bird monitoring protocol that can be used in riparian areas for long-term trend analyses,
      6. Use landscape features to predict the location of former and existing riparian areas as well as identify areas with potential for restoration. The focal area of interest is within the Rio Grande Basin where both the main channels of the Rio Grande and Pecos Rivers occur, plus their major tributaries (e.g., Alamito Creek, Limpia Creek, Terlingua Creek, Terneros Creek). Access to riparian areas on private lands will be critical for the success of this project and all appropriate documents must be signed prior to accessing private property.