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ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and Educational
Institutions in Eligible States to Restore Bird Habitats

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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ConocoPhillips, ​National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service

Deadline Date:

08/12/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, federal, state, and local government agencies, educational institutions, and Indian tribes for bird habitat protection and restoration in eligible states. Eligible states include Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. The purpose of this funding is to restore grassland, wetland, sage-steppe, and coastal habitats for birds; protect key habitats for birds; and provide technical assistance to improve bird habitat conservation practices on working lands, with an emphasis in focal geographies.

Projects must occur in one or more of the eligible states listed above. Projects located within program focal areas will be more competitive – see Grant Coverage Areas below for the map of program focal areas.

With geographic focal areas that span major migratory routes in Alaska and along the north–south axis of the central United States, including the Gulf Coast, and localized habitats within the geographic focal areas, the ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation program focuses on improving habitat quality and quantity for both migratory and non-migratory bird populations. Within landscapes heavily dominated by working grasslands, wetlands, and sagebrush habitats, the program places a high priority on partnering with ranchers, farmers, and other private and public land managers to help improve landscape connectivity and habitat quality for birds dependent on these habitats. Examples of species to benefit from projects include, but are not limited to, sage obligate species, Baird’s sparrow, Sprague’s pipit, Chestnut-collared longspur, and McCown’s longspur.

The SPIRIT of Conservation program will primarily support projects that address the following strategies:

- Restore or improve grassland, sagebrush, wetland, and coastal habitats for birds
- Protect key habitats for birds
- Provide technical assistance on working lands
- Implement innovative bird data gathering techniques or technologies

For more information about the above strategies, see:

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186416

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will range from $25,000 to $250,000. Past grants have typically ranged from $50,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects should be completed within three years following finalization of a grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include: non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, state or federal government agencies; local governments; Indian tribes; and educational institutions.

Ineligible applicants include: Private for-profit firms and individuals.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:

- NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline - dates of activities are subject to change:

- ​Full​​ Proposal Due Date: ​August 12, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern
​- ​Review Period: ​August 13 – October 30, 2019
​- ​Awards Announced: ​Mid-November, 2019

All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services, of which at least 50% should be from non-Federal sources. The ratio of matching funds offered by the applicant is one criterion considered during the review process.

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Grant Coverage Areas:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Colorado;   Louisiana;   Montana;   New Mexico;   North Dakota;   Oklahoma;   South Dakota;   Texas;   Utah;   Wyoming