Combating Wildlife Trafficking


The goal of this grant program is to provide financial assistance to innovative projects that advance counter-wildlife trafficking activities (wildlife defined to include terrestrial and aquatic species and timber). The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) is identified as a lead or a participating agency in all of the Strategic Priorities stemming from the President?s Implementation Plan of the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
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 The program anticipates receiving approximately 172 proposals, and issuing 15 awards. The program received 117 applications and issued 35 awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY18, the program received 64 applications and issued 14 awards.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY19, the program received 74 applications and anticipates issuing 20 awards.
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY20, the program anticipates receiving 75 applications and issuing 20 awards.
Endangered Species Act—International Cooperation,16 U.S.C. §1537; E.N.D. Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016, P.L. 114-231; and Executive Order 13773, signed February 09, 2017.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Not applicable.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Non-domestic (outside of the United States) government agencies responsible for combating wildlife trafficking and any other U.S.- based or non-domestic public or private non-governmental organization or institution or individual with demonstrated experience in the activities proposed.
Federal law (2 CFR Part 25, Universal Identifier and System for Award Management) mandates that all entities applying for Federal financial assistance, except individuals applying on their own behalf and not on behalf of any entity, must have a valid Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and have a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM). Applicant entities or their key project personnel identified in the Exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted or excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program. U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations with 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Status must provide a copy of their Section 501(c)(3) status determination letter received from the Internal Revenue Service.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The pre-application announcement and program announcement, and application instructions for this program can be found at the website: Complete application information can also be found at or, if unable to access the website, by requesting a paper copy from the Division of International Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS:IA, Falls Church, Virginia, 22041, Telephone: (703) 358-1754. An application will not be considered complete if required elements are not submitted as instructed.
Award Procedure
Pre-applications and subsequent full applications are reviewed and competitively selected for funding based on established criteria. Review criteria can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on the Internet at Once a proposal has been selected for funding, an FWS approving official executes an Assistance Award between the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Recipient. Fully executed awards are sent to the Recipient electronically.
February 19, 2019
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Decisions on Pre-applications are made within 90 days from the submission deadline. Decisions on full applications are typically made within 180 days after the receipt of the application, but not later than September 30 each year.
Not applicable.
Recipients may request funding for a subsequent year/cycle of a currently funded project. However, these requests are subject to the same submission, review, and approval requirements as all new applications. This program will fund any approved renewal application as new award, not as an amendment to an existing award. Recipients may request approval for budget and project plan revisions of funded projects, including period of performance and reporting due date extensions, in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
How are proposals selected?
Review criteria can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted at
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
Not applicable.
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 requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Program will include any special award terms and conditions in the notice of award. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request awarded funds as needed and in accordance with 2 CFR 200, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation/regulation or special award terms.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Devon Larson
Headquarters Office
Division of International Conservation
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA
Falls Church, VA 22041 US
Phone: (703) 358-2134
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$3,257,723.00; FY 19 est $4,500,000.00; FY 20 est $4,500,000.00; FY 17$4,866,038.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
We anticipate issuing 10 awards for $100,000 or less each to be used for projects lasting one year.
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 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 anticipates funding projects that are effective and similar in scope as those of FY2016. The program supported: 1) A project to enhance education and training to CITES Authorities in Central America and the Caribbean; 2) a project aimed at Building Law Enforcement and Community Capacity to Reduce the Pangolin Trade in Nepal; 3) a project to combat poaching and illegal trade of the snow leopard across its range through improved data collation, information generation, information sharing, and international cooperation.
Fiscal Year 2018 The program anticipates funding projects that help advance counter-wildlife trafficking activities.
Fiscal Year 2019 The program anticipates funding projects that help advance counter-wildlife trafficking activities.
Fiscal Year 2020 The program anticipates funding projects that help advance counter-wildlife trafficking activities.


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