The Gulf Partnership's Project Assistance Fund (PAF) program is a landscape-level approach to conservation that seeks to remove barriers to project development by aligning partner goals and resources to quicken the pace and permanence of land and water conservation while addressing upfront challenges and critical gaps in project execution.
The Gulf Partnership is now accepting PAF Proposals. Please review the RFP and application for additional guidelines, requirements, and goals for the programs. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to email@example.com before proposal development to ensure alignment of scope with available funding.
The Project Assistance Fund is a matching grant program available to land trusts across the Gulf States to pay for the scientific and legal review needed for the purchase of land and conservation easements. These ‘due-diligence’ services can range from appraisals, appraisal reviews, surveys, legal descriptions, title reviews, legal reviews, baseline documentation reports, recording fees, and environmental assessments, and ensure the Land Trust and the public are getting their money’s worth.
This small grant program provides the seed funding that attracts larger funding sources for land purchases and easements, with prior projects partnering with:
The Strategic Conservation Vision Tool was developed to help guide strategic land and water conservation. This model incorporates the conservation priorities of land trusts while aligning regional conservation indices, such as longleaf pine recovery, wetland protections, working lands, riparian habitat, and wildlife corridors to create a multitiered guide for conservation.
Leveraging the collective power of partnerships, and aligning resources across the region, the PAF program has created an innovative funding mechanism for conservation. The Gulf Partnership has invested $675,827 in its PAF program across 56,465 acres, catalyzing $94,444,563 in leveraged conservation dollars, and it’s still growing!!!