Asian Elephant Conservation Fund

 

To provide financial assistance to support the effective long-term conservation of Asian elephants. This program provides support for projects that focus on one or more of the following areas: Applied research, including surveys and monitoring; enhanced compliance with treaties and laws that prohibit the take or trade of Asian elephant or regulate the use and management of their habitat; conservation education and community outreach; development and execution of conservation management plans; enhanced protection of at-risk populations; habitat conservation and management, including protected area and reserve management; local capacity building; reduction of human-elephant conflicts; transfrontier conservation; and wildlife inspection, law enforcement, and forensics skills.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.621
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 56 proposals and anticipates issuing 30 awards. The program received 56 applications and issued 27 awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY18 the program received 65 applications and issued 22 awards.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY19 the program received 51 applications and anticipates issuing 16 awards.
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY20 the program anticipates receiving 50 applications and anticipates issuing 15 awards.
Authorization
Asian Elephant Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. ยง4261 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applications may be submitted by any Asian government agency responsible for Asian elephant conservation and protection, and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in Asian elephant conservation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any Asian government agency responsible for Asian elephant conservation and protection, and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in Asian 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. 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 Grants.gov websitewww.grants.gov. 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-asian-elephant.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, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. 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."
Award Procedure
Projects are reviewed and competitively selected for funding using criteria developed on the requirements of the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund (16 USC 4261 4266.) 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
January 14, 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 Asian Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4261-4266). Additional details on the selection criteria can be found in the Asian 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 Asian elephant, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show a clear relevance to Asian 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 ammunition; 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, Sudan, and Syria. This program is administered in compliance with the Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreement 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_asianelephant@fws.gov
Phone: (703) 358-1754
Fax: (703) 358-2115.
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov/international/wildlife-without-borders/asian-elephant-conservation-fund.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1652-0-1-302
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$1,804,898.00; FY 19 est $1,800,000.00; FY 20 est $1,800,000.00; FY 17$1,835,320.00; -
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. Service 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 has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of Asian elephants, and those that are similar in scope to FY 2016. The program supported: 1) A project is to expand the range of an existing community-based Elephant Conservation Unit (ECU) to reach communities recently experiencing human-elephant conflict (HEC) as well as collect Asian elephant behavioral and socioecological data in agricultural landscapes in Sabah, Malaysia; 2) a project to reduce human-elephant conflict (HEC) in Nepal through training of trainers programs in landscapes where humans and wild Asian elephants coexist, targeting educators and local communities; 3) a project to ensure the survival and increase the population of the Critically Endangered Sumatran elephant through a comprehensive elephant management strategy that protects the integrity of habitat and benefits rural communities of Ulu Masen, Sumatra, Indonesia.
Fiscal Year 2018 The program supported: 1) a project to facilitate human-elephant co-existence in Sri Lanka; 2) a project to secure Asian elephant habitats and populations in Kerala, South India through a Government endorsed, comprehensive, landscape-scale conservation plan; 3) a project to develop an elephant conservation action plan and strengthening elephant conservation initiatives focused to Khata and Karnali forest corridors of Bardia, Nepal.
Fiscal Year 2019 The program anticipates funding projects that promote the conservation of Asian elephants and their habitats.
Fiscal Year 2020 The program anticipates funding projects that promote the conservation of Asian elephants and their habitats.

 


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