Wildlife Diversity Conservation Grants
Horned Lizard License Plate Fund

Request for Proposals - 2008-2009

The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the information for the posting as of October 22/2007. If updates are necessary they will be posted prior to the closing date.

Preferred notations and significant text are highlighted in bold text. Please pay close attention to these items when submitting project proposals.

Project funding received from the Wildlife Diversity Conservation Grants - Horned Lizard License Plate Fund may be used as non-federal match. These are state funds.

Posted Date:
October 26, 2007
Closing Date for Proposals:
Proposals must be received by TPWD Wildlife Diversity Conservation Grant Committee by 5:00 PM Central Standard Time, December 17, 2007.
Project Start Date
February 1, 2008
Grant Awards:
Notified via e-mail unless other arrangements are requested
Expected Number of Awards:
To be determined
Estimated Total Program Funding:
~$1,000,000 total funding over the course of two years
Award Ceiling:
None
Award Floor:
$20,000
Budget Form:
Must complete the PWD 1181 - Wildlife Diversity Conservation Grant Budget media download(Word 151 KB) form for proposal to be considered complete. This grant is a reimbursable grant with billing reports to be sent no more frequently than quarterly.
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
No restrictions, but projects will be ranked based on matching fundings and other proposal criteria listed below.
Submissions E-mail (preferred):
Diversity Grants
File Format:
MS Word
Submission Address and Phone:
Wildlife Diversity Conservation Grants
Diversity Grants
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: 512-912-7011
Eligible Applicants:
All applicants wishing to do work in the state of Texas with Horned Lizard Conservation Grant funds are invited to submit proposals. These funds and the projects associated with these funds are required to be used to implement the Texas Wildlife Action Plan (TWAP or the Plan) and benefit habitats of nongame, threatened and endangered plants and animals of Texas. The complete TWAP can be found on the web at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/twap. If you do not have high speed internet access or if you would like a more searchable copy of the TWAP, please contact Steven Bender at steven.bender@tpwd.state.tx.us or by phone at 512-581-0657.
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff, other conservation agencies, universities, conservation organizations, land trusts, land owners, land managers, and Indian tribal governments. Partnerships and partnership organizations should be acknowledged in the submitted proposals.

Reporting Requirements: Eligible applicants must provide a final report once their project is complete, including digital photographs. This report must describe how the objectives (from the proposal) of the project were accomplished. Clearly stating objectives in the proposal will make reporting much easier. All projects submitted should be completed by August 31, 2009. Reports will be used to assess success of projects and may be used in promotional materials for the Horned Lizard Conservation License Plate.

Match: Eligible applicants using matching funds for their projects will provide information concerning their match. Match can include in-kind or volunteer hours as well as additional funding sources, and all match must be documented clearly on the budget sheet or in the budget section of the proposal. A plan and rate for volunteers must be documented clearly. This plan should include how the volunteer hours will be tracked and documented. There must be clear documentation of how the volunteer rate was established.

Inventory and Monitoring Component: All projects must include an inventory or monitoring procedure to document progress. This may include entering data in TPWD's Natural Diversity Database (NDD) as well as following approved methodologies. Confidentiality agreements regarding data collected on private lands will be followed but TPWD access to data is required.
Description
The purpose of this grant offering is to help implement conservation practices that benefit priority species and habitats as identified in the TWAP as well as fund nongame, threatened, and endangered species habitat projects. Of specific interest are those projects that are listed as high and medium priorities in the Plan. The projects should be substantial in character and design, meaning that they should be appropriate for the intended objectives and an appropriate cost considering the activities. All projects must be clearly achievable within the project timeline submitted and funding must be complete or obligated by August 31, 2009.
Proposal Layout:
  • Project Title:
  • Project Leader:
  • Coordinating Organization:
  • Partner Organization(s):
  • Species Affected:
  • Ecoregion Affected:
  • Brief Summary of Project: Include the following in project summary as appropriate.
    1. Need. Why is the project being undertaken?
    2. Location. Where will the work be done? Be as specific as possible (county, city, GPS coordinates).
    3. Texas Wildlife Action Plan Priorities. This should include a list of priorities that are being met with the proposal. It should include page numbers of specific references to species and ecoregions/habitats that are to be contained within the project.
    4. Objective. What is to be accomplished during the period of the project pursuant to the stated need? A project statement objective should be included and must:
      1. Specify fully what is to be accomplished within the timeline, money needed, and staffing allocated;
      2. Specify a recognizable end point; and
      3. Be quantifiable or verifiable.
    5. Expected Results or Benefits. What will be the results or benefits of accomplishing the project? For example, how will the project impact fish and wildlife resources or benefit the public? To the extent feasible, provide quantified resource or public use benefits.
    6. Approach and Feasibility. How will the objective be attained? Include specific procedures, schedules, and, key project personnel and cooperators. as appropriate. Projects should begin by Spring 2008 and be completed by August 31, 2009.
    7. Inventory and Monitoring Methods. How will final data be collected on this project and shared with TPWD? Is project data available for use in the Natural Diversity Database? Are other monitoring or inventory systems going to be utilized?
    8. Estimated Cost. What will it cost, by year (2008 – 2009), to attain the objective? If costs are to be allocated between purposes or programs, provide a description of the method used to allocate the costs. Have all matching funds been awarded at this time? If not, will they be obtained within the project's timeline, and if so, from whom? What percentage of the project will be matched by other funding sources (i.e., 50:50 match, 75:25 match, other percentages)? No overhead or administrative costs allowed. Also, see budget form media download(Word 151 KB).

Additional Guidance:

Project Title:
Should outline project. This information will be used to title all information concerning this grant. It should be as concise as possible.
Coordinating Organization:
There may be multiple organizations involved with implementing this project. This field is for the primary organization associated with the project manager or primary researcher.
Project Leader:
The contact person for the project. This could be the project manager or the primary investigator. Include address, phone number and email contact information for this individual.
Species Affected:
This category could contain one or more species depending on the project. Only species listed in the Texas Wildlife Action Plan should be listed here. If the project affects many species, that information should be included with all affected species listed.
Ecoregion Affected:
List the ecoregion affected. Multiple ecoregions may be appropriate.
Summary:
This should be a brief description of the overall project. It could encompass parts of all of the remaining numbered categories listed above (i.e., Need, Objectives, etc.). This portion of the form could and will be used as an overview of the project and will be used to explain to proposal reviewers and others what the project is about and why it is valuable. A proposal does not have to include all of the above items in the summary, but all proposals will be rated for a total score. This is a competitive-based process. Additionally geographic diversity and species variety of final projects will be taken into account in final project selection.

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