Conservation License Plate Grants

TPWD Horned Lizard License Plate
TPWD Hummingbird License Plate
TPWD Rattlesnake License Plate

Announcement of Second Round of Proposals for Conservation License Plate Grants in FY17

We are accepting proposals for the following select priorities (see below).  Proposals must be emailed to by 11:59pm Friday, April 21st.

Please download and review the Guidelines for Submittal PDF for instructions for submitting your proposal.

Selected Priorities

  1. Review/re-rank current ranks of rare plants using NatureServe rank calculator.
    • The ranking process will include reviewing in-house data, locating additional resources, and creating Texas Natural Diversity Database references.
    • Project would require contractors to be temporarily housed at TPWD HQ to access data and to be trained in the use of rank calculator.
    • Funding Amount: Not to exceed $25,000.00.

    Questions regarding this priority should be directed to

  2. 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

    Questions regarding this priority should be directed to

  3. Black-tailed prairie dog reintroduction/habitat restoration project.

    Historically, black-tailed prairie dogs occupied suitable desert grassland habitat across the Trans-Pecos ecoregion.  Drought, disease, and intensive control efforts significantly reduced their populations to near-extirpation levels. With change in land ownership and landowner interest in prairie dogs over the last few decades, combined with the development of new techniques to help prairie dogs persist through drought and disease, we wish to fund preliminary efforts to restore this keystone species to parts of its historic range within suitable habitat.  This project will:

    • Document various habitat restoration and reintroduction techniques for prairie dogs in arid systems at a pilot-project scale (100 – 200 prairie dogs).
    • Include post-restoration monitoring efforts to evaluate effectiveness of techniques used to help inform future restoration efforts.
    • Funding Amount: Not to exceed $25,000.00.

    Questions regarding this priority should be directed to