What We Do
Our Current Programs
The Gulf Partnership helps to strengthen the capacity of its partner organizations so that they can increase the pace, quality and permanence of land protection in their service areas. We want to ensure that every community in the Gulf region is served by a strong, effective land trust or conservation organization. We build capacity for land conservation through:
- Matching grants for land protection projects through a generous donation from the Knobloch Family Foundation. Since its inception in January 2014, the Gulf Partnership has made 13 awards from the matching grant program. These awards will help our partners protect more than 27,000 acres across the region.
- Training and Networking Opportunities through conferences, workshops, webinars and scholarships to Rally: the National Land Conservation Conference. We provide information on funding opportunities, oil spill restoration policy, and best practices in land conservation and restoration.
- Focus areas identified by the partners that reflect local community values;
- Migratory bird habitat
- Scenic rivers
- Longleaf pine habitat
Our main goals are to:
- Identify conservation opportunities that help guide protection, conservation, restoration and resiliency planning efforts across the Gulf Coast.
- Assist in developing a long-term strategy for the efforts of the Gulf conservation community.
- Offer a resource for state and federal decision makers, helping them consider and incorporate different opportunities in developing landscape-level restoration plans
The Gulf Coast Partnership provides timely information to land trust partners and federal and state allies through our bi-monthly e-newsletter, UPDATE. The newsletter focuses on oil spill restoration policy and funding, with special attention to the RESTORE Act. It also communicates information about budgets for conservation programs, grant announcements and successful conservation projects in the region.
Advocacy and Public Policy
The Partnership provides timely information to partners regarding ways to participate in oil spill funding and policy decisions, including the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, the Natural Resources Damages Assessment, and the RESTORE Act.
We communicate the priorities of the partners to policymakers and funders at the state and federal levels through written public comment, public meetings, and in person conversations. We have advocated the priorities of the members to the Mabus Commission, the Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, and the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. Priorities include: a transparent planning process, a meaningful role for nonprofits in implementation, and the inclusion of land protection, restoration, and stewardship as key strategies in oil spill restoration.
Benefits of a Partnership
As a partner, you’ll receive the following benefits:
- Participation in the Gulf Coast Land Conservation Project Assistance Fund
- Bi-weekly e-newsletter
- Action alerts
- Public policy and advocacy programs
- Training and capacity building opportunities
As a partner, you’ll be expected to:
- Pay annual dues
- Share your organization’s conservation priorities
- Attend Partnership meetings and workshops
- Assist the Partnership in developing public policy positions
- Share expertise regarding how conservation and restoration decisions are made in your state/region