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
Active
Program Number
15.620
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 Program received 35 applications and anticipates issuing 20 awards. The program received 36 applications, and issued 13 awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 38 applications received and issued 17 awards.
Fiscal Year 2019 45 applications estimated to be received and issuing 20 awards.
Fiscal Year 2020 45 applications estimated to be received and issuing 20 awards.
Authorization
African Elephant Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. ยง4201 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any African government agency responsible for African elephant conservation and protection and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in African elephant conservation.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 athttps://www.fws.gov/international/grants-and-reporting/how-to-apply.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, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. 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."
Award Procedure
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.
Deadlines
March 25, 2019
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Performance reports are required. Recipients must monitor and report on project performance in accordance with the requirements in 2 CFR 200.328. A final performance report is due within 90 calendar days of the award period of performance end date, unless the awarding program approves a due date extension. The FWS details all reporting requirements including frequency and due dates in Notices of Award.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictate additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. To the extent possible, grant funds are matched by nonfederal funds. Cost sharing is not required but priority will be given to projects for which there exists some measure of matching funds.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available from the start data of the period of performance to the end date of the period of performance. Funding must be spent within 90 days of the end date of the period of performance. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Chief
Division of International Conservation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Department of the Interior,
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA

Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 US
MSCF_AfricanElephant@fws.gov
Phone: (703) 358-1754
Fax: (703) 358-2115
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov/international/wildlife-without-borders/african-elephant-conservation-fund.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1652-0-1-302
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$3,190,000.00; FY 19 est $3,000,000.00; FY 20 est $3,000,000.00; FY 17$3,085,085.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Variable amounts. Generally $50,000 or less. Higher amounts may be requested
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Acceptance of a grant or cooperative agreement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service carries with it the responsibility to be aware of and comply with the terms and conditions of award. FWS Award Terms and Conditions are available at https://www.fws.gov/grants/atc.html. Acceptance is defined as the start of work, drawing down funds, or accepting the award via electronic means. Awards are based on the application submitted to and approved by the Service. Awards from the Service are subject to the terms and conditions incorporated into the award either by direct citation or by reference to the following: Federal regulations; program legislation or regulation; and special award terms and conditions. The Service financial assistance award terms and conditions flow down to subrecipients and contractors, unless a particular award term or condition specifically indicates otherwise.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 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 FY 2016. The program supported: 1) A project to increase law enforcement operational support for elephant security in the eastern Nsumbu-Mweru ecosystem, Northern Zambia; 2) a project to ensure long-term viability of elephants through exclusion fencing to permanently reduce human-elephant conflict in the Greater Amboseli Ecosystem, Kenya; 3) a project to provide aerial support for anti-poaching, monitoring and management of Zakouma National Park and periphery, Chad.
Fiscal Year 2018 The African Elephant Conservation Fund will be funding projects for the conservation of the African elephant (Loxodonta africana). The African Elephant Conservation Fund supports projects that promote conservation through: 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; Wildlife inspection, law enforcement, and forensics skills; Conservation education and community outreach; Applied research necessary to inform protection and management, including surveys and monitoring; Development and execution of elephant conservation management plans; Development of innovative technologies that have the potential to improve elephant protection; 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; Reducing demand for and trafficking of illegal ivory products.
Fiscal Year 2019 The African Elephant Conservation Fund will be funding projects for the conservation of the African elephant (Loxodonta africana). The African Elephant Conservation Fund supports projects that promote conservation through: 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; Trans-frontier elephant conservation; Maintaining or restoring connectivity between subpopulations; Establishing new wildlife areas and protected corridors; Wildlife inspection, law enforcement, and forensics skills; Conservation education and community outreach; Applied research necessary to inform protection and management, including surveys and monitoring; Development and execution of elephant conservation management plans; Development of innovative technologies that have the potential to improve elephant protection; Compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and other applicable treaties and laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of elephants or regulate the use and management of elephant habitat; Reducing demand for and trafficking of illegal ivory products.
Fiscal Year 2020 Same as 2019.

 


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