Wildlife Without Borders- Latin America and the Caribbean
To support the creation, implementation, and/or replication of innovative training programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that will train future generations of resource managers through a holistic, cooperative, ecosystem-oriented approach adapted to the complexities of modern society and the interconnectedness of the landscapes upon which society depends.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Fiscal Year 2014: No data currently available. Fiscal Year 2015: Program received 68 applications and issued 26 awards. Fiscal Year 2016: No data currently available.
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531-43).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Participation is limited to Federal, State and local governments, non-profit, non-governmental organizations; public and private institutions of higher education; and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience deemed necessary to carry out the proposed project.
Federal, State and local government agencies; non-profit, non-governmental organizations; public and private institutions of higher education; and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience deemed necessary to carry out the proposed project.
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?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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 http://www.fws.gov/international/DIC/howtoapply.html. The Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions are also located on the program website at http://www.fws.gov/international/wildlife-without-borders/latin-america-and-the-caribbean/index.html. If you are unable to access the Internet, hard copies are available upon request from the Branch of Latin America & the Caribbean, Division of International Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 100, Arlington, VA 22203.
Projects are reviewed and competitively selected for funding using criteria developed specifically for this program. Review criteria can be found in the application information at http://www.fws.gov/international/DIC/howtoapply.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.
May 01, 2015 April 15.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Decisions on funding of project proposals are normally made no later than 180 days after the receipt of the project proposals.
None. However, at the discretion of the Division of International Conservation awards can be modified (e.g. extended for time or budget changes made).
How are proposals selected?
A complete list of the criteria used to select projects under this program can be found in the Latin America & the Caribbean Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions located on line at http://www.fws.gov/international/DIC/howtoapply.html. Hard copies are available upon request from the Division of International Conservation at (703) 358-1754.
How may assistance be used?
Projects should take place in Latin America or the Caribbean, ideally in a recognized high priority ecosystem or ecoregion of biome, or a key location associated with flagship, endangered or migratory species of regional concern. If work is to be conducted outside that region, the proposal must explain why it is preferable that the project is implemented elsewhere. Funds provided under this program will not be used for the following activities: 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, treaties, 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, 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?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Complete reporting requirements can be found at this programs web page at http://www.fws.gov/international/DIC/pdf/NOFA-AAG/AAG.pdf . For financial reporting, Domestic Recipients with no program income to report shall use Federal Financial Report, Standard Form 425. Domestic recipients with program income to report shall use Federal Financial Report SF 425. Non-domestic Recipients shall submit a financial report that follows the same format of the original project proposal budget table, itemizes expenditures for the reporting period any describes any deviations from the approved project budget. Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12 and 2 CFR Part 170.
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.
Recipient 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.
This program has no matching requirements. No, to the extent possible, grant funds are matched by nonfederal funds.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Upon approval, the project may be extended or the agreement modified. Awarded funds must be spent during the period of performance indicated on the Assistance Award, and in accordance with the financial and performance reporting procedures specified in the Assistance Award. 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
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
, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: WWB_LAC@fws.gov
Phone: (703) 358-1754 Fax: (703) 358-2115.
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $500,000; FY 15 est $500,000; and FY 16 est $500,000 - B – PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY14 $500,000; FY15 est $500,000; FY16 est $500,000
FY15 and FY16 figures are based on funding levels from previous years.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Variable amounts. Generally $50,000 or less. Higher amounts may be requested.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Grants 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/DIC/pdf/AAG_9-6-07.pdf or in hard copy by contacting the Division of International Conservation at (703) 358-1754.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: This program supported: 1) A project to reduce the buying and selling of illegal Hawksbill products in Colombia through research on and engagement with local fishermen, commercial establishments, and tourist groups; and improved the capacity of government agencies to regulate, seize, and report illegal Hawksbill trade and products; 2) A project to develop effective management and protection of two key sites for migratory shorebirds in Central America, Bahia de Jiquilisco, El Salvador and Delta del Rio Estero Real, Nicaragua, by implementing a training program with on-site workshops to assess threats and plan actions for at least 20 local stakeholders at each site; 3) A project to bring together diverse stakeholders to create the region’s first-ever indigenous-mestizo conservation alliance to strengthen local capacity to participate in and benefit from the development and implementation of a collaborative and participatory conservation management plan to control the illegal removal of forest resources and to improve the effectiveness of the Alto Purús protected areas. Fiscal Year 2015: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that are similar in scope to FY14. Fiscal Year 2016: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that are similar in scope to FY14.