Texas Landowner Incentive Program (LIP): LIP Partners Watershed Funding Series

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Feb 16, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Texas

Location of residency: Texas

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Note: Exceptional projects will be funded on a rolling basis so don't wait for a submission deadline to submit.

Landowner Incentive Program

The Texas Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) is a collaborative effort between TPWD Wildlife and Inland Fisheries Divisions to meet the needs of private, non-federal landowners wishing to enact good conservation practices on their lands for the benefit of healthy terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. LIP is funded through partnerships with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and other partners.

LIP Partners Watershed Funding Series

The LIP Partners Watershed Funding Series is designed to meet the needs of private, non-federal landowners wishing to enact good conservation practices on their lands. This allocation of LIP funding is made possible through a grant from the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. All projects approved for funding are thereby subject to the terms and conditions of that Program.

Projects supported by this funding series are managed jointly by TPWD and USFWS biologists. The goal of this funding series is to establish, restore, and/or enhance habitat for state and federal trust fish, wildlife and plant species on privately owned lands (non-state and non-federal).

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


  • What are some criteria for applying?
    • Meet the specific requirements of your targeted LIP funding series.
    • The results of the proposed action(s) must be measurable.
      • Therefore, the landowner must agree to allow biologists onto their property for a pre-agreement survey and periodic progress checks to assess the success of the project objectives.
    • The landowner must be willing to sign a project agreement.
      • Each agreement will be designed to meet the landowner's individual conservation and land use needs and objectives.
      • Inability to complete LIP project due to weather or other conditions beyond the landowner's control will be considered individually and rescheduled.


  • Project proposals will be prioritized based on the following criteria:
    • Highest priority: projects within identified priority watersheds that are expected to directly benefit Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed species and their habitats
      • Fiscal year 2019 & Highest Priority Watersheds:
        • All of the Brazos River Basin with an emphasis above Possum Kingdom reservoir 
        • All of the Colorado River Basin with an emphasis on the Llano and Pedernales Rivers
        • All of the Guadalupe/San Antonio River Basin
        • All of the Rio Grande River Basin - including the lower Pecos River below I-10 and Devils River
    • High priority: projects that are expected to directly benefit ESA-listed species and their habitats, but not located in a priority watershed
    • Other priority: projects that are expected to benefit other state or federal trust species and their habitats.
  • Special emphasis will be placed on projects that also show benefit to
  • Additional selection prioritization factors include:
    • Cost-effectiveness 
    • Efficiency and sustainability of the proposed restoration action
    • Matching contributions volunteered by private landowners to implement the proposed restoration action
    • Proximity of the proposed action to USFWS, TPWD, or other privately protected areas,
    • Relevance to emerging fish, wildlife, plant and habitat conservation issues.
    • Long term protection


  • With this LIP funding series prescribed fire projects cannot be supported unless the landowner or hired burn crew can demonstrate compliance with USFWS and NWCG Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations and the guidance set forth in Chapter 17 of the FWS Fire Management Handbook (PDF).