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
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 42 applications thus far, anticipates receiving another 40 applications, and anticipates issuing 40 awards. In FY17 the program received 87 applications and issued 52 awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY18 the program received 52 applications and issued 31 awards.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY19 the program anticipates receiving 50 applications and anticipates issuing 10 awards.
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY20 the program anticipates receiving 50 applications and anticipates issuing 10 awards.
Authorization
Marine Turtle Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. ยง6601 et seq., 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
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. 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 https://www.fws.gov/international/grants-and-reporting/how-to-apply.html. 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 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
November 26, 2018 Cycle 1; April 1, 2019 Cycle 2
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 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.
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 requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

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_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 18$2,341,095.00; FY 19 est $2,000,000.00; FY 20 est $2,000,000.00; FY 17$2,203,383.00; -
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 marine turtles, and those that are similar in scope to FY 2016. The program supported: 1) A project for Leatherback & Hawksbill turtle research and population recovery in Panama; 2) a project to reduce Eastern Pacific Leatherback Bycatch in the Tuna Fisheries of the Eastern Tropical Pacific; 3) a project to combat Marine Turtle Trade in Vietnam.
Fiscal Year 2018 The program supported: 1) a project to support Rapid Nesting and Threats Assessments for the Recovery of Hawksbill Nesting in the Gulf of Thailand; 2) a project to strengthen regional sea turtle conservation through the support of Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (IAC); 3) a project to support community based Efforts to Evaluate Intentional and Unintentional Sea Turtles Catch in Local Fisheries along the Mauritanian Coastline.
Fiscal Year 2019 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. The program anticipates funding projects that promote the conservation of marine turtles and their habitats.
Fiscal Year 2020 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. The program anticipates funding projects that promote the conservation of marine turtles and their habitats.

 


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