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The Shell Marine Habitat Program (SMHP)

Grants to Non-Profits Along the Gulf of Mexico for
Environmental Conservation and Restoration Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Shell Oil Company

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Grants ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 to government agencies, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, or Texas that implement conservation and restoration activities that result in measurable benefits to key species and their habitats along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Funding will be focused on the following issues with the intent of achieving meaningful, measurable outcomes that advance the conservation priorities below.

1. Oyster conservation and restoration projects that:
* Increase populations of native Eastern oysters through restoration activities and sustainable management of the oyster fishery. Proposals that seek to restore oysters in areas protected from harvest will be considered particularly competitive; and,
* Conduct oyster restoration projects that incorporate a “living shoreline” treatment to both enhance oyster populations and protect near shore coastal ecosystems.

2. Coastal shorebirds and water birds projects that:
* Protect, restore or create critical coastal wetland habitat for resting and overwintering migratory species using public-private partnerships and other innovative methods; and,
* Establish or support coastal bird stewardship programs that are focused on high priority areas for shorebird conservation, such as sites identified as Important Bird Areas, along the Gulf coast and that engage volunteers and conservation professionals in stewardship activities such as invasive plant removal, placement of signage for colonial nesting waterbirds, and reduction of nest predators.

3. Sea turtles: At least five endangered sea turtle populations depend on the marine and beach habitats of the Gulf of Mexico. Two populations of particular concern based on their reliance on the Gulf are the Kemp’s ridley and North Atlantic Loggerhead sea turtles. The Shell Marine Habitat Program seeks to build a positive population trajectory for these populations by increasing turtle nesting success rates in and around the Gulf. Specifically the Shell Marine Habitat Program will provide grant funding for the following types of activities:
* Conduct outreach and education campaigns, or pilot incentive solutions targeting protection of turtle nests from vehicles driving on nesting beaches; and,
* Protect critical nesting habitat through monitoring and providing cost-share assistance for installation of sea turtle-friendly lights at high priority sites along key sea turtle nesting beaches. Competitive proposals will engage lighting experts to establish a lighting plan that is safe both for the property owners and sea turtles.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128658

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $200,000


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Government agencies, non-profits, and educational institutions along the Gulf of Mexico coast, which includes: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida (from the Western panhandle through Tampa Bay).

Grant funds cannot be used for political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying or litigation activities, or to support projects resulting from legally mandated mitigation projects.

Pre-Application Information:

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The anticipated timeline for this grant round is as follows:
June 15, 2012: Pre-proposal deadline
Early July, 2012: Full proposals invited
August 15, 2012: Full proposal deadline
Late Aug./Early Sept. 2012: Follow-up with applicants for additional information, as necessary
November 2012: Grants announced

A minimum 1:1 match of cash or in-kind/contributed goods and services is required; higher match ratios increase the competitiveness of the proposal. All potential sources, and amounts of match, including Federal funds, should be listed in the pre-proposal.

To be eligible, matching contributions must be:
* Raised and dedicated specifically towards the project;
* Voluntary in nature (mitigation, restitution, or other permit or court-ordered settlements are ineligible); and
* The cost of recent land acquisitions may also qualify as match for a project involving work at that site. Applicants may also include an easement put on the land, if this occurs during the award period.

Match contributed up to one year prior to the pre-proposal deadline may be included.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Suzanne Sessine, Assistant Director
Eastern Partnership Office
Phone: 202-857-0166

Heather Fox, Coordinator
Eastern Partnership Office
Phone: 202-857-0166

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   Texas