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2023 HPF Grants

  • Big Bend Conservancy - $100,000.00
    This project is to help Big Bend Conservancy purchase 3,815 acres of private land along the western boundary of Big Bend National Park – this land houses many ecologically critical components including fossilized dinosaur eggshells, Hispanic Heritage farmstead sites, etc. it is vital this area be permanently preserved from development (currently encroaching from Terlingua). This land will become part of a 6000+ acre boundary adjustment for inclusion in Big Bend National Park. The total cost of the project is $780,000 – with our contribution which was made in 2022 to meet the land purchase deadline, all the funds have been raised. Conserving this area ensures that Big Bend maintains its pristine beauty with a natural barrier from the ever-growing developed areas nearby. This critical habitat will serve as an area for ecological growth and restoration.
  • Rainforest Partnership - $100,000.00
    This project is a continuation of the previous work we have funded in Peru’s and Ecuador’s Amazonian tropical rainforest. Specifically, the work includes documenting biodiversity knowledge of disappearing cloud forests to inform rainforest conservation efforts and to protect rainforests using this information. This work creates a public database of Peru’s threatened amphibians, including biodiversity information discovered during up to four expeditions led by Pablo Venegas, Rainforest Partnership herpetologist (in remote patches of cloud forest that conservation efforts do to reach easily but have experienced vast deforestation threats), thereby saving knowledge about these species before they disappear completely. This grant also includes funds for a national (in Ecuador) butterfly monitoring program at the epicenter of Earth’s biodiversity; monitoring indicator species to strengthen rainforest protection with the goal being permanent biodiversity monitoring program focused on butterflies, a highly charismatic indicator group, in Ecuador, one of the world’s three most biodiverse countries, to enable and ensure protection of National Parks, protected areas and indigenous community-owned and titled Amazon land.
  • Sea Turtle Inc. - $40,000.00
    The mission of Sea Turtle Inc. is to rehabilitate injured sea turtles for return to the wild, educate the public about sea turtles and their marine environment, and assist with sea turtle conservation projects for all marine turtle species. In 2022 HPF granted funds of $235,000 for a new hospital facility that will include a research center which will be a fully dedicated 400 sq ft facility on the 2nd floor of the new Sea Turtle Inc. Rehabilitation and Research Center. The new facility provides an indoor rehabilitation and research center with enclosed space for more comprehensive treatment and research. The hospital and research center will provide improved care for turtles with research ability and also public viewing of our holding tanks, Xray and CT scan room. The hospital/research facility will be named: Wayne Hollomon Price Research Center. As of January 2023 all demolition has taken place and groundbreaking will happen in the next months. This $40,000 is part of a continuation of this work.
  • Mayor’s Engagement Council for Climate Initiatives - $80,000.00
    The Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council for Climate Initiatives (MYECCI) Project is a partnership between EcoRise, the City of San Antonio and the Hollomon-Price Foundation that engages San Antonio youth in promoting the city’s ambitious Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). Continued funding from the Hollomon Price Foundation allows this program to continue for a 4th year. Given the remarkable interest and enthusiasm of the first, second and thrird annual cadre of San Antonio youth in promoting the CAAP, EcoRise is excited to continue the MYECCI program with a new group of 25 students from grades 9–12 representing all council districts within the San Antonio area.
  • Mayor’s Engagement Council for Climate Initiatives Internships Program - $35,805.00
    Funding from the Hollomon Price Foundation will fund another year of the MYECCI paid internship opportunities for 6 Youth Council members from the MYECCI Year 4 cadre. These students will receive a competitive hourly wage to gain real-world work experience related to climate justice civic action, the long-term health and resilience of San Antonio, and their own professional college and career preparedness. That program helps historically underrepresented students realize their power and potential to thrive in the green jobs market. Students have access to real-life experiences that are well compensated, setting them on the path to life-transforming career opportunities. Through problem-based lessons and real-world practice, students in that program participate in diverse experiences within green building. Selected interns will be San Antonio students.
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital - $10,000.00
    Funds are being granted to support the festival presentation through support of public presentation of a programming block highlighting the effects of climate change and the power of hope to inspire action. To ensure active engagement of diverse audiences for a hybrid in-person and virtual Festival, we would apply the award as follows: PROGRAMMING: Films and panels to be presented during our 31st Annual Environmental Film Festival (March 16-26, 2023) and year-round programming period (April-December 2023).
  • Shelburne Farms - $30,000.00
    Funds are being granted to assist the nonprofit educational Farm, established in 1972, whose mission is to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future. The farm is a 1,400 acre diversified working farm, including 400 acres of woodlands. In 2022, the farm served over 2,000 educators and nearly 100,000 visitors. The farm has long been a leader in land stewardship and historical preservation. Funds from this grant will help the farm to update their Forest Management Plan to help meet the climate action challenge of making the farm “carbon negative” by Earth Day 2028. The support will help link forest management practices to climate change education programs taking place on the campus and conducted in communities across the country in partnership with the US Forest Service and National Park Service.
  • Safina Center - $10,000.00
    This funding proposal is to support two Early Career “Launchpad” fellows for one year. The Safina Center seeks to inform and transform fusing scientific accuracy with emotional engagement and a moral call to action. The center produces tangible science based creative products, speaking, and teaching. The Launchpad fellowship program is designed for people under 30 seeking to launch careers in conservation science and environmental work. Each Launchpad Fellows receives $5,000 to support critical pieces of their projects including travel, editing, sound recording, and writing.
  • Southfork Natural History Museum & Nature Center - $30,000.00
    The South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) & Nature Center is the only state-of-the-art Natural History Museum on the South Fork of Long Island. SOFO is located within the Long Pond Greenbelt system, an ecologically significant area considered to be one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in New York State. The Long Pond Greenbelt is a 1,900-acre system consisting of forest and wetlands, including 13 unique coastal plain ponds. The ecosystems found here harbor a variety of rare and imperiled plants and animals, including the New York State endangered Eastern tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum). The goal of the project is to conduct a groundbreaking study tracking the movements of Eastern tiger salamanders around confirmed breeding pools within the Long Pond Greenbelt. The grant will facilitate: The purchase of radio telemetry/surgical equipment necessary for tracking Eastern tiger salamanders; the purchase of field gear needed for capturing Eastern tiger salamanders; the ability to analyze data and generate a report recommending updated management guidelines for vernal pools used by Eastern tiger salamanders; and to provide for an intern assistant.
  • San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition - $5,000.00
    Funds for this project will be used to support the SAFCC Spay/Neuter Clinic. Due to the shortage of spay/neuter slots for the public, SAFCC has contracted with a private vet and started their own spay/neuter clinic in 2020. It is a private clinic that serves the Trapper Team and adoption cats and kittens. This frees up space so the public will have access to SAFCC subsidy clinics. These programs are supported mostly by donations, and grants when possible. These funds with spay/neuter 83 cats. SAFCC is dedicated to reducing the feral cat population in San Antonio through TNR programs, education, and adoption.
  • American Honey Bee Protection Agency - $15,000.00
    Formed in 2014 with one goal: to provide an eco-friendly solution for unwanted honey bee hives or swarms to our fellow Texans by humanely removing and relocating the bees instead of killing them. The honey bee population has been drastically declining for years worldwide due to factors including deadly mites, habitat destruction, Colony Collapse Disorder and climate change. On a local level the extermination of honey bee hives unfortunately comes from ignorance. As an alternative, AHBPA humanely removes unwanted bee hives to their bee sanctuaries where the bees are allowed to thrive and AHBPA can eventually cultivate their honey. Funds from this grant will facilitate the rescue of local wild honey bee hives for low or no-income Texans, but also establish a vocational training program for veterans. In this program AHBPA will be able to teach veterans how to safely and humanely remove honey bee hives and swarms. They will also learn general beekeeping skills for the continued care of the bees being relocated. This not only bolsters AHBPA’s manpower so that they can save even more hives, but also provides a source of income to the veterans once they are trained.
  • Ocean Conservancy - $100,000.00
    Single-use plastic packaging accounts for roughly 40% of annual plastic production globally and nearly half of the most common items that litter our beaches, waterways and the ocean. Left unchecked, plastic production is expected to double by 2040. The goal of OC’s U.S. plastics initiative is to eliminate or significantly reduce these most common plastic items polluting beaches, waterways, and the ocean in the U.S. by 2030. Building on the success of a major victory in California in the year ahead, OC staff will be advocating on the following projects seeking to expand plastics reduction efforts: Ocean Conservancy will continue developing and publish its “Roadmap to Zero”, a series of reports that brings together decades of data from the International Coastal Cleanup and other sources to identify the most successful policy interventions to reduce production, use, and pollution from single-use plastics; continue to advocate to increase accountability for plastic producers and eliminate or reduce the most common ocean plastic pollution; in Florida, OC is working to lead an effort requiring producers of plastic beverage containers to pay for collection and recycling systems; and at the state and federal level, OC will also work to combat a worrying trend of industry-led efforts to mislead the public and policymakers into believing that there is a quick fix to this crisis called chemical recycling. National and state decisions on chemical recycling in the next 2-3 years will largely define the plastic pollution trajectory for decades to come in the U.S. and abroad. With this grant, Ocean Conservancy can do the hard work necessary in the year(s) ahead to ensure we set a course towards circularity that eliminates single-use plastics instead of a model that remains dependent on the extraction of fossil fuels for the sole purpose of making, selling, and burning plastics.
  • Wildlife Conservation Network - $50,000.00
    Niassa Lion Project $30,000: Funds are being granted to continue the work with the Niassa Lion Project/Niassa Reserve in Mozambique. The Niassa Reserve is important in conserving and protecting the remaining lions (800-1000). The funds will be used to support anti-poaching efforts which is active in an intensive study area of 58,000 hectares. The overall goal of the anti-poaching program is to reduce the illegal killing of lions and their prey. The funds will specifically support the salary, equipment, and incentives for one anti-poaching scout for one year. Cheetah Conservation Botswana $20,000:Funds are being granted to continue to help conserve Botswana’s cheetah population through scientific research, reducing human wildlife conflict, developing conservation-compatible livelihoods and awareness raising, working in collaboration with communities, government and relevant stakeholders to promote coexistence with Botswana’s rich diversity of carnivore species. CCB works together with other NGOs, researchers and government departments in order to achieve this vision. The world has lost half of its cheetahs since the year 2000. Southern Africa hosts the world’s last continuous population of cheetahs and Botswana sits in the middle of that distribution, with 25% of the remaining 7100 individuals and the world’s largest population. Objectives include: to provide support and training to the farming community in effective farm management to minimize depredation, improve productivity and maintain sustainable range resources and to build capacity within focal communities to foster alternative livelihood options and to increase engagement in conservation-compatible livelihood activities.
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation - $35,000.00
    Funds are being granted to support Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) Texas State Parks Centennial Celebration, a statewide campaign to invite Texas families of all backgrounds to spend time together while stewarding and enjoying the abundance of natural beauty found in our state parks. Because Texas State Parks are truly for everyone, a major goal of the Texas State Parks Centennial Celebration is to invite new and diverse audiences to explore our state parks. The centennial celebration campaign aims to increase park visitation, engage new audiences, and celebrate diverse Texas communities. Core components of the centennial education and outreach campaign include a multichannel paid media buy, promotional campaign creative, diverse audience research, special once-in-100-year activities at each park, and targeted community incentives. Specifically HPF funding will help support Texas State Parks Centennial Celebration public awareness, education, and outreach campaign (total budget: $964,000).
  • San Antonio Pets Alive - $10,000.00
    2022 has been extremely difficult for animal welfare organizations across the country, including San Antonio Pets Alive! A Code Red occurs when the city municipal shelter (ACS) puts 25 or more dogs and puppies on the euthanasia list for that day. In the past, Code Reds rarely occurred, about once a month or every other month. This year, there have been Code Reds multiple times a week, and there are more animals entering ACS than leaving. In November, there were 13 Code Reds. SAPA! saved 175 dogs and puppies on the euthanasia list in November with the help of fosters and rescue partners. So far this year, SAPA saved 4,621 at-risk dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies. SAPA has also had 3,357 adoptions, which is a 20% increase from last year (thru November 2022). This year, veterinary medical expenses have more than doubled due to the large number of injured and ill dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens coming into care. A grant of $10,000 will support SAPA’s medical care program and help cover the increased costs of contracted veterinarians, given the current nationwide shortage.
  • Arizona Interfaith Power and Light - $20,000.00
    Arizona Interfaith Power & Light (AZIPL) is a non-profit organization working with congregations and other organizations from across Arizona. The mission is “to mobilize people of faith and conscience to care for our common home and work for climate justice”. AZIPL has done that since 2011 through education and advocacy, frequently incorporating the arts. This grant provides funding to support a pilot project in 2023. “Energy Justice for All” is a project to encourage households to adopt the energy efficiency and clean energy tools of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). AZIPL will work with lay leaders from congregations, so they can teach their communities about federal programs for weatherization, energy efficiency and renewable energy that are available to households. AZIPL collaborates with congregations representing various socioeconomic groups. AZIPL works with all interested congregations, in order to address energy injustice we will strive to partner with low-income congregations in the frontline communities that are exposed to the worst impacts of climate change.
  • Encounters in Excellence - $20,000.00
    These funds are being granted to support Encounters in Excellence’s 2023/24 environmental education programing, featuring a brand-new film entitled The Fisheating Creek Diaries which will be presented to over 25,000 students in Miami-Dade. Foundation support will be used for production expenses during the filmmaking process as well as salary for our principal presenter during the 2023/24 Odyssey Earth film series for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Odyssey Earth film series is the largest and longest-running educational film series of its kind in South Florida. Since its inception, our presentations have been seen by close to 2 million public school students. The films are projected in auditoriums and accompanied by live, memorized narration by our filmmakers. Afterwards, students are encouraged to engage with the filmmaker during a Q&A session. The film includes a sequence on the gopher tortoise, a threatened species that creates labyrinthine burrows which are utilized by as many as 300 other species of animals. Other sequences will focus on the Florida Scrub Jay (the longest-studied bird in the world) and migratory swallow-tailed kites. This film will also explore the function of fire in shaping the Florida scrub and pineland habitats, and climate change past and present.
  • Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund - $25,000.00
    Funding for this project is to support The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund’s new program called ‘Solar Synergy’ that will support, produce, and document significant climate-change metrics as well as pollinator health and habitat benefits. The BBHF has been working with solar developers since 2019 to deliver multiple benefits on renewable energy projects across the country by establishing our NextGen Conservation Program habitat onto solar sites. This innovative program is strategically designing and including pollinator health and habitat components into the projects, as well as monitoring the pollinator benefits and carbon sequestration gains. Those efforts have been delivered in 23 states to date (Appendix A) and the BBHF is proposing a new, expanded program to promote, document and deliver an increased set of environmental benefits associated with renewable energy projects. This proposal seeks to design, produce and document the multiple environmental benefits that can, and must, be an important component of utility scale solar projects moving forward. This opportunity for landscape conservation can be obtained with uniquely designed pollinator habitat that produces significant benefits for pollinators, carbon sequestration, soil health, grassland songbirds, water quality, and more.