Habitat funding

GCJV staff work with partners to identify sources of funding for projects that contribute to GCJV habitat objectives. Some of these funding sources are listed below. GCJV Initiative Teams are useful forums to identify partnership and funding opportunites.

The Coastal Impact Assistance Program helps oil producing states mitigate impacts from Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas production. CIAP funds can be used to conserve, restore, or protect coastal areas, including wetlands; mitigate damage to fish and wildlife habitat and natural resources; conduct planning; implement approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive management plans; and mitigate oil and gas production by funding infrastructure projects and public service needs. The following links provide further information regarding the implementation of CIAP in each of the GCJV states.

Alabama
Mississippi
Louisiana
Texas

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The Coastal Prairie Conservation Initiative is a cooperative effort undertaken by several agencies, organizations, and private landowners to conserve, restore, and enhance prairie in 19 counties along the Texas coast.

Projects are initially identified and nominated through public meetings at local and regional levels.

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Under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides matching grants to States for acquisition, restoration, management or enhancement of coastal wetlands. Funding for the program comes from excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat and small engine fuels.

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The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act established several funding mechanisms for the acquisition, restoration, management or enhancement of coastal Louisiana wetlands. The Army Corps of Engineers administers CWPPRA funds and projects.

Projects are initially identified and nominated through public meetings at local and regional levels.

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The Landowner Incentive Program offers private landowners assistance in protecting and restoring habitats on private lands. The goal of this program is to provide financial and technical assistance to landowners to help conserve rare plant and animal species. The links below give further information on the Landowner Incentive Program for each state within the GCJV.

Texas
Louisiana
Mississippi
Alabama

 

The Louisiana Waterfowl Project - South is a conservation partnership between Ducks Unlimited, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service designed to provide critical migration and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependant wildlife in southern Louisiana. Projects may include management of croplands, moist soil areas, forested wetlands, and other created or natural wetlands.



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The neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grant program supports public-private partnerships in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean that promote long-term conservation of Neotropical migratory birds and their habitats.

Applicants submit project proposals to the USFWS Division of Bird Habitat Conservation during the one funding cycle per year, with proposal deadlines typically in the fall.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Community-based Restoration Prorgam is designed to sustain local efforts to conduct restoration of marine, estuarine, and riparian habitats. The program emphasizes collaborative strategies built around improving coastal and marine resources and the communities they sustain.


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The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program was established in 2002 to protect coastal and estuarine lands considered important for their ecological, conservation, recreational, historical or aesthetic values. The program provides state and local governments with matching funds to purchase significant coastal and estuarine lands, or conservation easements on such lands, from willing sellers.


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The North American Wetlands Conservation Act of 1989 was passed, in part, to support the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). NAWCA provides matching grants to partnering organizations and individuals for the conservation of wetlands in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated birds and other wildlife. NAWCA is particularly well-suited to fund wetland priorities of bird habitat joint ventures. Funds may only be used for wetlands acquisition, creation, enhancement and/or restoration and a 50/50 non-federal match is required.

NAWCA Standard Grants
The NAWCA Standard Grants Program is a matching grants program that supports public-private projects in Canada, United States, and Mexico. These competitive projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associate uplands habitats. Standard Grant awards range from $75,001 to $1,000,000. Grants are awarded semi-annually, and deadlines are typically early spring and summer.

NAWCA Small Grants
The NAWCA Small Grants Program is similar to the Standard Grant Program in that grants are awarded to individuals and/or organizations that partner to carry out projects involving long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and their associated uplands habitats. The maximum award amount for small grants is $75,000, and they only apply to projects in the United States. Funding priority is given to grantees or partners new to NAWCA's grants programs. Grants are awarded annually, and the deadline is typically in the fall..


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If interested in applying for either a NAWCA Standard or Small Grant within the GCJV region, please contact GCJV Coordinator Barry Wilson, (337)266-8815, to coordinate your application.


 

The Texas Prairie Wetlands Project is a collaborative effort between Ducks Unlimited, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, established to help deliver GCJV habitat objectives in a 28 county focus area in coastal Texas. The TPWP works with private landowners to restore, enhance, and create shallow-water wetlands through cost-share assistance for leveee construction and installation of water control structures. Biological and engineering technical assistance is provided at no cost.



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The Natural Resources Conservation Service's Conservation Innovation Grants provides funding for projects intended to stimulate development and adoption of innovative conservation techniques and technologies while leveraging Federal dollars in environmental enhancement and protection, related to agricultural production. Program funds and are used to award grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service's Conservation Security Program provides financial and technical assistance to promote the conservation and improvement of soil, water, air, energy, plant, and animal life, and other conservation purposes on tribal and private agricultural lands. These lands include cropland, grassland, prairie, improved pasture, and range land, as well as forested portions of land associated with agriculture operation.

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The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service's Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program provides matching dollars to help purchase development rights to ensure productive farm and ranchland continues to be used for agricultural uses.

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service's Grassland Reserve Program is a voluntary program offered to landowners to aid in protecting, restoring, and enhancing grasslands on their property.

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State Acres For wildlife Enhancement is an initiative under the USDA Conservation Reserve Program to address state and regional high-priority wildlife objectives.

The GCJV has worked closely with USDA staff to develop SAFE program areas for coastal portions of Louisiana and Texas. The goal of the Louisiana SAFE program is to restore 3,500 acres of native grasslands and shallow wetlands in Southwest Louisiana. The goal in Texas is to restore 14,400 acres of native grasslands and shallow wetlands in the Gulf Coast Prairie region of Texas.

Click here to download the Lousiana SAFE Fact Sheet in PDF format.
Click here to download the Texas SAFE Fact Sheet in PDF format.

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You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software to open these documents. If you do not have this software, you may obtain it free of charge by following the link above.


Please contact GCJV Biological Team Leader, Mike Brasher, (337) 266-8805 for further information on SAFE within the GCJV region.

 

The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program providing technical and financial support for landowners to provide long-term protection, restoration, and enhancement of wetlands on their property.

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NRCS's Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is a voluntary program that provides technical and financial assistance for creation of high quality habitats that support wildlife populations of National, State, Tribal, and local significance.

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