Great Apes Conservation Fund
To provide financial assistance for projects for the effective long-term conservation of great apes and their habitats. This program supports projects that focus on one or more of the following areas: applied research on ape populations and their habitats, including surveys and monitoring; development and execution of ape conservation management plans; compliance with applicable treaties and laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of ape or regulate the use and management of ape habitat; conservation education and community outreach; enhanced protection of at-risk ape populations; efforts to decrease human-ape conflicts; habitat conservation and management; protected area/reserve management in important ape range; strengthening local capacity to implement conservation programs; transfrontier ape 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: Program received 63 applications, and issued 35 awards. Fiscal Year 2015: Program received 57 applications, and anticipates issuing approximately 30 awards. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data.
Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000, Public Law 106-411, 16 U.S.C. 6301. Tylersville Fish Hatchery Conveyance, Public Law 109-363.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applications may be submitted by any government agency responsible for conservation and protection of apes and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in ape conservation.
Any government agency responsible for conservation and protection of apes and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in ape 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 Grants.gov website http://www.grants.gov/search/basic.do. The Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions are also located on this program's website at http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/notice-of-funding-availability-great-ape.pdf. If you are unable to access the Internet, hard copies are available upon request from the Branch of Near East, South Asia & 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 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 Great Ape Conservation Act (16 USC 6301 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 will be made within 180 days after the receipt of the project proposal.
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 Great Ape Conservation Fund (16 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.). Additional details on the selection criteria can be found in the Great Ape 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 ape range, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show a clear relevance to ape 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 Department of State as state sponsors of terrorism. The countries currently identified are: Cuba, Iran, 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 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_GreatApe@fws.gov
Phone: (703) 358-1754 Fax: (703) 358-2115.
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $2,059,000; FY 15 est $1,875,000; and FY 16 est $2,000,000 - B – PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY14 $2,059,000; FY15 est $1,875,000; est FY16 $2,000,000
FY15 and FY16 are estimates based on previous years’ level of funding.
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 long-term conservation of hoolock gibbons and their habitat in Assam by producing a group of trained, skilled and motivated forest guards who can take up the difficult task of protection and conservation by involving local human communities. Activities included providing training to 100 Forest Guards posted in habitats occupied by hoolock gibbons; carrying out 5- 7 days of intensive, residential courses on hoolock gibbon conservation comprised of lectures, seminars, group discussions, individual and group assignments and field study at the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary; and carrying out pre- and post- training assessments of the trainees’ knowledge and attitudinal change resulting from the course; 2) A project to determine the presence and relative densities of chimpanzees in areas of southeastern Senegal to understand the impacts of proposed large-scale mining and to identify key habitats for future protection; and 3) A project to reduce the risk of disease transmission between people and mountain gorillas by improving the health and hygiene of Batwa communities that neighbor Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Fiscal Year 2015: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of great apes, and those that are similar in scope to FY14. Fiscal Year 2016: Program anticipates funding projects that are effective for long-term conservation of great apes, and those that are similar in scope to FY14.