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
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Program received 39 applications and issued 26 awards. Fiscal Year 2015: Program received 61 applications and anticipates issuing approximately 40 awards. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data is available.
Authorization
Asian Elephant Conservation Act, Public Law 105- 96, 111 Stat. 2150, 16 U.S.C. 4261-4266.; Asian Elephant Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2007, Public Law 110-133, 121 Stat. 1362.
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
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?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
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-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, 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."
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
Nov 01, 2014 November 1, 2014.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Decisions on funding of project proposals are made within 180 days after receipt of the project proposal.
Appeals
No procedure for appeals.
Renewals
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 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. 100%.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
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.
Auditing
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.
Records
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
None.
Headquarters 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_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 14 $1,450,000; FY 15 est $1,500,000; and FY 16 est $1,500,000 - B-PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY14 $1,450,000; FY15 est $1,500,000;
FY16 est $1,500,000.
FY15 and FY16 figures 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) A project to minimize human-elephant conflict (HEC) through scientific management and community engagement with awareness programs with alternative livelihood options, operationalize rapid response team to deal with HEC incidents, and conduct human elephant co-existence (HECx) related awareness activities in Bardia National Park, Nepal; 2) The prevention and protection of the habitats of Bukit Barisan Selatan and Gunung Leuser National Parks, Indonesia through patrol and direct monitoring in the field, specifically by the reduction of encroachment and other threats in areas with key elephant populations, and an improved understanding of deforestation; and 3) A project that will develop a sustainable education program in Thailand addressing the conservation of Asian elephants that improves science literacy, and critical thinking skills in Thai students. Fiscal Year 2015: 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 FY14. Fiscal Year 2016: Program anticipates funding projects that are effective for long-term conservation of Asian elephants, and those that are similar in scope to FY14.

 


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