Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund


To provide financial assistance for projects for the effective long-term conservation of rhinoceros and tigers. This program supports projects that focus on one or more of the following areas: Enhanced protection of at-risk rhinoceros and tiger populations; protected area/reserve management in important rhinoceros and tiger range; Veterinary care for wild populations; habitat conservation and management; reintroduction to former range; restoration of habitat; wildlife inspection, law enforcement, and forensics skills; conservation education and community outreach; efforts to decrease human-rhinoceros and human-tiger conflicts; strengthening local capacity to implement conservation programs; transfrontier rhinoceros and tiger conservation; applied research on rhinoceros and tiger populations and their habitats, including surveys and monitoring; development and execution of rhinoceros and tiger conservation management plans; and compliance with applicable treaties and laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of rhinoceros and tigers or regulate the use and management of their habitat.

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 90 applications and issuing 60 awards. The program received 80 applications, and issued 49 awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 The program received 80 applications and issued 49 awards.
Fiscal Year 2019 The program anticipates receiving 80 applications and issuing 50 awards.
Fiscal Year 2020 The program anticipates receiving 80 applications and issuing 50 awards.
Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. ยง5301 et seq.
Multinational Species Conservation Act of 2007, Public Law 110-132, Statute 121,1360
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applications may be submitted by any government agency responsible for the conservation and protection of rhinoceroses and/or tigers and any other organization, multi-national secretariat or individual with demonstrated experience in rhinoceros and/or tiger conservation may submit proposals to this Fund. U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations must submit documentary evidence of their Section 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any government agency responsible for conservation and protection of rhinoceros and/or tigers and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in rhinoceros or tiger conservation.
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 the Grants.gov website: http://www.grants.gov. 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 all 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 competitively selected for funding using criteria from the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act (16 USC 5301 et seq.). Review criteria can be found in the application information at https://www.fws.gov/international/grants-and-reporting/how-to-apply.html. Once a proposal has been selected for funding, an Assistance Award between the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Recipient is executed by an FWS approving official. 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 4, 2019 Rhino Tiger - Asia; March 29, 2019 Rhino Tiger - Africa
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of criteria developed from the requirements of the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 5301 et. seq.). Additional details on the selection criteria can be found in the Rhinoceros and Tiger 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?
Proposed project work should occur within the rhinoceros or tiger range, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show clear relevance to rhinoceros or tiger conservation. If the project includes research, the applicant must provide a convincing argument that the results will address management needs or threats from disease and climate change and will result in management actions. Funds provided under this program will not be used for: the purchase of firearms or ammunitions; buying intelligence information or paying informants; gathering information by persons who conceal their true identity; law enforcement operations that, to arrest suspects, prompt them to carry out illegal activities (entrapment); any activity that would circumvent sanctions, laws or regulations of either the U.S. or the country of proposed activity; material support or resources to individuals, entities, or organizations of countries that the U.S. Department of State has identified as state sponsors of terrorism. These countries are: Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria (exceptions may be allowed with clearance from U.S. Department of State).
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
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. 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
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
Phone: (703) 358 1754
Fax: (703) 358 2115
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$3,540,000.00; FY 19 est $4,000,000.00; FY 20 est $4,000,000.00; FY 17$4,831,742.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Variable amounts. Largely $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. FWS 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 anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of rhinos and tigers, and those that are similar in scope to FY 2016. This program supported: 1) A project to mitigate Human-Tiger Conflicts through Stakeholder Participation in Uttar Pradesh, India; 2) a project to support informed and effective enforcement on illegal trade of rhinoceros products in China; 3) a project to provide a reliable water supply and security for a rhino sanctuaries expanding population of black rhino in Tanzania; 4) a project that enhances black rhinoceros monitoring and protection in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania; 5) a project focused on dehorning and translocating rhino throughout Namibia for biological management and security reasons.
Fiscal Year 2018 Projects funded in FY18: 1. Kenya-Support for black rhino monitoring and protection and improvement of communication between wildlife authorities and community wildlife management areas and Masai Mara National Reserve. 2. Malaysia- Support for the Spatial Monitoring Tool (SMART) based patrol team of a non-profit research group to help evaluate the effectiveness of law enforcement interventions over time and eradicate poaching threats in tiger hotspots. 3. India- Support for Andhra Pradesh Forest Department, for identifying and mapping threats to tigers and prey species and to provide scientific aid in consolidating tiger habitats within tiger reserves by promoting government schemes.
Fiscal Year 2019 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of rhinos and tigers, and those that are similar in scope to FY 2018.
Fiscal Year 2020 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of rhinos and tigers, and those that are similar in scope to FY 2018.


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