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
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
Program received 56 applications and anticipates issuing 25 awards. In FY17 the program received 56 applications and issued 38 awards.Fiscal Year 2018
76 applications received and issued 40 awards.Fiscal Year 2019
85 applications estimated to be received and issuing 40 awards.Fiscal Year 2020
85 applications estimated to be received and issuing 40 awards.
Great Ape Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §6301 et seq.
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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 website http://www.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-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,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."
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.
January 15, 2019
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
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
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
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$5,200,000.00; FY 19 est $5,000,000.00; FY 20 est $5,000,000.00; FY 17$2,992,302.00; -
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 great apes, and those that are similar in scope to FY 2016. The program supported: 1) A project for research and tourism development for Western Gorillas in Loango National Park, Gabon; 2) a project for public engagement and threat mitigation in a proposed Ebo National Park, Cameroon; 3) a project to conserve the endangered western hoolock gibbon in Nagaland through community-based strategies; 4) a project to expand community led patrolling to protect gibbon populations in the Phou Si Thone Endangered Species Conservation Area, Lao PDR.Fiscal Year 2018
In response to the decline of ape populations in Africa and Asia, the U.S. Government enacted the Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000. The Act provides for the conservation and protection of apes by supporting conservation programs in countries within their ranges and the projects of persons and organizations with demonstrated expertise in ape conservation. The Great Ape Conservation Fund will consider projects that promote conservation through: Development and execution of ape conservation management plans; Reducing trade in, and consumer demand for, illegally harvested apes and ape products; Applied research on ape populations and their habitats, including surveys and monitoring, and disease; Conservation and management of protected areas and other ape habitat, including corridors connecting habitats; Strengthening local capacity to implement ape conservation programs that lead to conservation stewardship; Compliance with applicable treaties (such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of apes or regulate the use and management of ape habitat; Wildlife inspection, law enforcement and forensics skills; Enhanced protection of at-risk ape populations; Reduction of human-ape conflicts; Ape-relevant conservation education and community outreach; Transboundary ape conservation; Emerging issues.Fiscal Year 2019
The Great Ape Conservation Fund will consider projects that promote conservation through: Development and execution of ape conservation management plans; Reducing trade in, and consumer demand for, illegally harvested apes and ape products; Applied research on ape populations and their habitats, including surveys and monitoring, and disease; Conservation and management of protected areas and other ape habitat, including corridors connecting habitats; Strengthening local capacity to implement ape conservation programs that lead to conservation stewardship; Compliance with applicable treaties (such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of apes or regulate the use and management of ape habitat; Wildlife inspection, law enforcement and forensics skills; Enhanced protection of at-risk ape populations; Reduction of human-ape conflicts; Ape-relevant conservation education and community outreach; Transboundary ape conservation; Emerging issues.Fiscal Year 2020
Same as 2019.