TPWD: Section 6 Traditional Grants

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $160,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 17, 2018

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Texas

Location of residency: Texas

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) for state fiscal year 2017 under the "Traditional" Section 6 research program, to be funded in state fiscal year 2018 (after 1 September 2017).

Funds for these Federal Assistance grants are provided by Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund authorized by Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act, and are administered cooperatively between TPWD and the Endangered Species Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Funding Priorities

View the Priority List of Project Topics here.

This list is the culmination of examining the scope of conservation needs we find most pressing this year. As in previous years, these topics can change yearly depending on the nature of the conservation issues at hand. The taxa we focus on are federally listed or species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) as described in our Texas Conservation Action Plan. Our intent is always to provide avenues of research both important and narrow enough to address efficiently. The fact that there are numerous possibilities suggests only that there are many pressing conservation issues that need attention in Texas.

The above set of topics, while extensive, is not exhaustive; projects and taxa not on the list are also eligible for funding consideration in broad areas described below:

  • Research on rare, threatened or endangered species in relation to habitat change and fragmentation, including management and protection on private lands
  • Status surveys (including geographic distribution, density estimates, population trends, conservation threats, etc.), habitat characterization, systematics, phylogeography and ecological assessments
  • Development and/or testing of specific experimental methods/actions designed to elicit positive responses in T&E populations, thereby facilitating recovery
  • Innovative and effective projects addressing endangered species education and outreach

Projects may be of 1-3 years in duration but must be completed within 3 years.  Funding varies; typically 6-8 projects are awarded annually, and average (last 3 years) approximately $80,000 per grant, 2 years in duration. Maximum awards rarely exceed $120,000 in total federal share; consequently, proposals with budgets of that magnitude are much less likely to be considered for award.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • TPWD will only issue contracts to the following entities:
    • Institutions of Higher Education, such as colleges or universities (private or public)
    • Non-profit organizations [501(c)(3)].
    • Federal (except Dept Interior), State, Local (County, City) offices (see "Professional Services Procurement Act" Sec. 2254.002).
  • Match requirements
    •  Cost-split is 3:1 (federal share : applicant match). Therefore, of the Total Project Cost, at least 25% must be dedicated to Match.


  • TPWD will no longer issue contracts to consultants or consulting agencies.

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