Marine Turtle Conservation Fund

 

To assist in the conservation of marine turtles and the nesting habitats of marine turtles in foreign countries by supporting and providing financial resources in the following areas: academic and technical training in the conservation and management of marine turtles; applied research on marine turtle populations and their habitats, including surveys and monitoring; conservation education and community outreach for the protection of nesting and near shore foraging populations; development and execution of marine turtle conservation management plans; habitat conservation and management; information exchange to promote international collaboration; projects to protect nesting females and eggs on important nesting beaches; promotion of networks, partnerships, and coalitions that assist in the implementation of conventions, treaties, protocols and other international activities for the conservation and management of marine turtles; protected area/reserve management of important nesting beaches; strengthening local capacity to implement conservation programs on nesting beaches; and strengthening law enforcement capacity and forensics skills through training and equipment.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.645
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 78 applications, and issued 48 awards. Fiscal Year 2015: Program received 80 applications, and has not determined how many will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
Authorization
Maine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004, Public Law 108-266, 16 U.S.C 6601.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applications may be submitted by any government agency responsible for conservation and protection of marine turtles and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in marine turtle conservation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Applications may be submitted by any government agency responsible for conservation and protection of marine turtles and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in marine turtle conservation.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
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-marine-turtle.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 Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-266). 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
Apr 01, 2015 October 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015. This program has two annual deadlines. The first deadline is October 1 each year. We strongly encourage applicants with nesting season projects beginning April/May to submit proposals on or before the October 1 deadline. The second deadline is April 1 each year. We strongly encourage applicants with nesting season projects beginning September/October to submit proposals on or before the April 1 deadline.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Decisions on funding of project proposals will be made within 180 days after the receipt of the project proposal.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
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 Marine Turtle Conservation Fund (Public Law 108-266). Additional details on the selection criteria can be found in the Marine Turtle 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 in foreign countries (outside of the United States) that have within their boundaries marine turtle nesting habitats and be conducted by any person or group with the demonstrated expertise required for the conservation of marine turtles. 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. 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
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awarded funds must be spent during the approved project period of performance, 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_marineturtle@fws.gov Phone: (703) 358-1754 Fax: (703) 358-2115.
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov/international/wildlife-without-borders/marine-turtle-conservation-fund.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1652-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $1,660,000; FY 15 est $1,500,000; and FY 16 est $1,500,000 - B-PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY14 $1,660,000; FY15 est $1,500,000; FY16 est $1,500,000
FY15 and FY16 figures are estimates based on previous years’ level of funding.
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/grants/grants.html or in paper copy by contacting the Division of International Conservation at (703) 358-1754.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Program supported: 1) Work with Colola and Maruata communities to conduct conservation programs on the two most important nesting beaches in Mexico for the recovery of the East Pacific green turtle nesting population during the 2013-14 nesting season; 2)
A project that will conduct nesting surveys to determine the status of hawksbills in the Tristao Islands and implement a nest protection program on key beaches; and 3) A project that will conduct all night patrols on national index nesting beaches for hawksbills in Barbados and nightly patrols on all other high density hawksbill to collect nesting data and to protect nesting females and nests, as well as conduct education and outreach activities in local hotels and communities. Fiscal Year 2015: Program anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of marine turtles, and those that are similar in scope to FY 2014. Fiscal Year 2016: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of marine turtles, and those that are similar in scope to FY 2014.

 


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