African Elephant Conservation Fund
To provide financial assistance to support projects that will enhance sustainable conservation programs to ensure effective, long-term conservation of African elephants. The African Elephant Conservation Fund supports projects that promote conservation through: Applied research on elephant populations and their habitat, including surveys and monitoring; Development and execution of elephant conservation management plans; Compliance with applicable treaties and laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of elephants or regulate the use and management of elephant habitat; Conservation education and community outreach; Enhanced protection of at-risk elephant populations; Efforts to decrease human-elephant conflict; Habitat conservation and management; Protected area/reserve management in important elephant range; Strengthening local capacity to implement conservation programs; Transfrontier elephant conservation; and Wildlife inspection, law enforcement, and forensics skills.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Fiscal Year 2014: Received 51 applications and issued 21 awards. Fiscal Year 2015: Received 61 applications and anticipates issuing 20 awards. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
African Elephant Conservation Act, Title II Section 2001 et seq., Public Law 100-478, 102 Stat. 2315 et seq., 16 U.S.C. 201 et seq., 4211 et seq., 4221 et seq., 4241 et seq., and 1538 ; Multinational Species Conservation Act of 2007, Public Law 110-132, 121 Stat. 1360.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applications may be submitted by any African government agency responsible for African elephant conservation and protection and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in African elephant conservation.
Any African government agency responsible for African elephant conservation and protection and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in African elephant conservation.
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The program announcement and application instructions for this program can be found at the Grants.gov website: http://www.grants.gov. The Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions are also located on this program's website at http://www.fws.gov/international/DIC/species/afe/african_elephant.html. If you are unable to access the Internet, hard copies are available upon request from the Branch of Near East, South Asia and Africa, Division of International Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 100, Arlington, Virginia 22203. A proposal will not be considered complete if all required elements are not submitted as instructed. U.S. applicants must submit (among other elements) a complete, signed Standard Form 424 "Application for Federal Assistance."
Projects are reviewed and competitively selected for funding using criteria developed on the requirements of the African Elephant Conservation Fund (16 USC et seq.) Review criteria can be found in the application information at http://www.fws.gov/international/grants-and-reporting/how-to-apply.html. Once a proposal has been selected for funding, an FWS approving official executes an Assistance Award between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Recipient. Fully executed Awards are sent to the Recipient either electronically or through the mail. The Division of International Conservation then administers all other aspects of the Assistance Award.
Dec 03, 2014 December 3, 2014.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Decisions on funding of project proposals are made within 180 days after the receipt of the project proposal.
No procedure for appeals.
None. However, at the discretion of the Division of International Conservation, active awards can be modified, e.g.: time extensions or budget changes.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals will be reviewed based on criteria developed from the requirements of the African Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4201 et. seq.). Additional details on the selection criteria can be found in the African Elephant Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions http://www.fws.gov/international/grants-and-reporting/how-to-apply.html. Hard copies of the criteria are available upon request from the Division of International Conservation.
How may assistance be used?
Project work should occur within the range of the African elephant, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show a clear relevance to African elephant conservation. Applied research projects should address specific management needs and actions. Funds provided under this program will not be used for: the purchase of firearms or ammunitions; buying of intelligence information or paying informants; gathering information by persons who conceal their true identity; law enforcement operations that prompt suspects to carry out illegal activities so they may be arrested (entrapment); or any activity that would circumvent sanctions, laws or regulations of either the U.S. or the country in which the activity would occur. Funds may not be used to provide material support or resources to individuals, entities, or organizations of countries that have been identified by the U.S. Department of State as state sponsors of terrorism. The countries currently identified are: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. This program is administered in compliance with the Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreements Act of 1977, as amended. These funds may not be used towards training U.S. Federal Government personnel. 100%.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Recipients must submit a final performance report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date. Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports. Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly. Program will detail all performance reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter. Domestic recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form. Non-domestic recipients must submit a financial table or spreadsheet in the same format as the original project proposal budget, showing itemized expenditures for the reporting period. Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date. Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports. Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly. Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.”. Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12. Complete reporting requirements can be found at this program's web page at http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/assistance-award-guidelines.pdf.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments" and 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations.".
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: No, to the extent possible, grant funds are matched by nonfederal funds.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awarded funds must be spent during the performance period that is approved for each Assistance Award, and in accordance with program financial and performance reporting procedures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 43 CFR Part 12, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Chief Division of International Conservation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Department of the Interior,
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA
, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: MSCF_AfricanElephant@fws.gov
Phone: (703) 358-1754 Fax: (703) 358-2115
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $1,805,000; FY 15 est $1,500,000; and FY 16 est $1,500,000 - PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY14 $1,805,000; FY15 est $1,500,000, FY16 est $ $1,500,000
FY15 and FY16 numbers are estimates based on previous years.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Variable amounts. Generally $50,000 or less. Higher amounts may be requested.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Awards will be administered in conformance with the "Assistance Award Guidelines" established by the Division of International Conservation, which uses as its source all applicable award terms and conditions found at http://www.doi.gov/pam/TermsandConditions.html. The "Assistance Award Guidelines" can be found on-line at http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/assistance-award-guidelines.pdf or in hard copy by contacting the Division of International Conservation.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: The program supported: 1) The prevention of ivory trafficking and transit through Uganda by building the capacity of Uganda Wildlife Authority's (UWA) newly formed Wildlife Crime Unit. The project is intended to conserve elephants by addressing poaching, illegal trade and transit; 2) Community scouts, enabling them to conduct anti-poaching patrols and to secure access to water for elephants and other wildlife, thereby alleviating conflict with livestock. Developing scout capacity, expanding their coverage, and increasing the monitoring of ecosystem health in the Mathews and Ndoto mountain ranges in Kenya’s arid northern rangelands; and 3) The longest running study of African forest elephants at Dzanga Bai in the Central African Republic. In spite of political turmoil and instability in the country, the area remains an important habitat and gathering site for large numbers of elephants. Funds support ongoing surveillance and monitoring of the site, collection of baseline data, and collaboration with the Dzanga-Sangha project in anti-poaching efforts. Fiscal Year 2015: Program is currently going through the selection process and anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of African elephants, and those that are similar in scope to FY14. Fiscal Year 2016: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of African elephants, and those that are similar in scope to FY14.