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 4:30 pm March 14, 2022.

To be considered for the award, proposals must be received by the deadline electronically at for Nongame and Rare Species Program and for any Coastal Fisheries program research. A 35% non-federal match will be required. Funds will be made available to the grantee on a reimbursement basis. Funding restrictions differ between Division Requests for Proposals (RFPs) so please be cognizant of that when choosing and developing proposals and budgets.

These funds can cover work conducted November 1, 2022 to August 31, 2026. Prior to submittal, it is suggested that investigators contact the taxa-specific Nongame and Rare Species Program biologist or a Coastal Fisheries Regional Program director to discuss and refine potential proposals.

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

  1. Wildlife Division SWG

    Proposals that focus on SGCN listed in the guidelines will receive highest priority. Please see Submittal Guidelines document for more details.

  2. Coastal Fisheries Division SWG

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