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Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program (GCCGP)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $250,000

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Counties in Alabama: Baldwin County, Clarke County, Covington County, Escambia County, Geneva County Expand all

Location of residency: United States


The Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program (GCCGP) seeks to build and maintain the resilience of the Gulf Coast’s ecosystems, living resources and communities by supporting critical gaps in conservation and catalyzing conservation solutions that can be taken to scale. It is a competitive grants program that supports priority conservation needs of the Gulf Coast that are not otherwise expected to be funded under NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund or other funding opportunities associated with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

In 2018, the GCCGP seeks proposals with a focus on strengthening coastal resilience; advancing conservation and management on working lands for wildlife and water quality; and conserving living resources, in particular coastal birds.

Up to $1 million in funding is available and individual grant awards range typically between $50,000 and $250,000.

The GCCGP is made available with funding provided by the Shell Marine & Wildlife Habitat Program, Southern Company’s Power of Flight Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service​ (NRCS) and other sources.

Geographic Focus

The GCCGP supports projects within the coastal areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Please refer to the program priorities below for the specific geographic focus for each priority area.

Program Priorities

All proposals must specifically address how projects for which funds are requested will directly and measurably contribute to the accomplishment of program goals. The GCCGP seeks projects addressing the following priorities: 

​Strengthening Coastal Resilience 

Increase the capacity of coastal ecosystems and communities along coastal Louisiana and the upper coast of Texas to prevent, withstand, and recover from severe disruptive events or to adapt to environmental change through the following strategies: 

  • ​​​​​Restoration
    • Restore coastal and near-shore habitats (i.e., living shorelines, oyster reefs, coastal marshes, wetlands and maritime forests).
      • Proposals should clearly and specifically describe how the project will reduce local communities’ vulnerability to coastal storms, sea level rise, and flooding, while benefitting fish and wildlife habitat.
      • Proposals should also include whether there is an existing plan identifying the project or location as a priority for improving coastal resilience;
  • Planning
    • Develop or accelerate comprehensive, landscape-scale planning and coordination that identifies priority projects for promoting resilience in coastal watershed systems.
      • Projects should be collaborative and include input from the relevant stakeholders in the watershed.
      • Entities considering such a funding request are encouraged to discuss the project with NFWF in advance of submitting a full proposal;
  • Innovation
    • Develop or apply new technologies and strategies to increase the capacity of coastal ecosystems to prevent, withstand and recover from severe disruptive events or to adapt to environmental change.

​Advancing Conservation and Management on Working Lands

Enhance conservation on private lands within coastal counties and parishes across the Gulf Coast to benefit wildlife and water quality through the following strategies: 

  • Restoration and Management
    • Improve wildlife habitat and water quality on working lands or other private lands in Gulf coastal habitats by creating or enhancing wetlands, enhancing native vegetation, controlling invasive plants, restoring streams, or reducing sedimentation.
      • Priority will be placed on projects contributing towards goals outlined in state watershed plans, and on proposals that leverage NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds;
  • ​Conservation Easements
    • Support the purchase of conservation easements on wetlands or working lands that will result in significant wildlife and water quality benefits, particularly those that leverage investments through the NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).
      • Projects must demonstrate the most beneficial management practices for wildlife will be implemented and maintained over time;
  • ​Outreach and Technical Assistance 
    • Provide strategic outreach and technical assistance to private landowners, with particular focus on increasing enrollment in NRCS ACEP or EQIP.
      • Proposals should describe how proposed work fits within and will coordinate with other private lands work in the area, including appropriate state and local NRCS offices. 

​Conserving Living Resources

Bolster populations of coastal migratory bird species across coastal Mississippi, Alabama and the Panhandle of Florida through the following strategies: 

  • ​​Restoration
  • Addressing Information Gaps
    • Support critical assessments that fill in key knowledge gaps or information needs to prioritize and sustain restoration action to benefit Gulf coast bird populations.
      • Projects should include a plan for sharing information and describe the potential pathways for being scaled-up across the region.
      • Proposals must demonstrate support from, or describe a practical process for engaging, intended users; and/or
    • Fill key information gaps in species’ migrations and distribution using electronic monitoring tracking systems (e.g. MOTUS).

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  • Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.
  • Projects must have a minimum match of 1:1 cash or contributed goods and services, but larger match ratios and matching fund contributions from a diversity of partners are encouraged and will be more competitive.


  • Ineligible applicants include businesses, unincorporated individuals and international organizations.
  • ​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. 

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