Funding - Walton Family Foundation Conservation Grant

In 2009, the LMVJV partnership entered into a cooperative relationship with the Walton Family Foundation (WFF) in support of habitat restoration on frequently flooded agricultural lands within priority portions of the delta of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Through this new and unique partnership, the WFF committed funding to advance projects that directly restore bottomland hardwood habitats and associated restoration (i.e. natural hydrology) and/or projects that focus on reducing landowner impediments to accessing farm bill programs beneficial to wildlife habitat restoration within high priority geographies of the MAV. Beginning in 2010, the Foundation made one million dollars available to initiate the grant program aimed at addressing these objectives. The LMVJV supported delivery of the program by developing and distributing the Request for Proposals, then receiving, evaluating, and ranking submitted proposals. In its first year, the new granting strategy proved successful and the WFF has subsequently committed 1.25 million dollars for each grant year since i.e., 2011, 2012, and 2013.

The following link contains the 2013 Conservation Grant, Request for Proposals (RFP) document.

2013 Walton Family Foundation Conservation Grant Request for Proposals

In addition to grant program details, there are additional links embedded in the document that connect to:

1.) Summaries of 2010 & 2011 funded WFF conservation grant proposals

2.) The grant Decision Support Tool which links to a Google Earth based map reflecting high priority habitat restoration areas identified as critical to meeting the all-bird conservation objectives of the LMVJV partnership

3.) Access to reforestation guidelines set forth in "Restoration, Management, and Monitoring of Forest Resources in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley: Recommendations for Enhancing Wildlife Habitat" a bottomland hardwood desired forest conditions document established through the coordinated efforts of the LMVJV Partnership.

 

Table of Funded WFF Conservation Grant Programs

The following link provides access to a spreadsheet highlighting Conservation Grant projects funded in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Table Summarizing Funded WFF Conservation Grant Projects 2010 to 2012