Latin America and Caribbean Regional
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
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
The program anticipates receiving 125 applications and issuing 25 awards. In FY17 the program received 27 applications and issued 18 awards.Fiscal Year 2018
In FY18 the program received 65 applications and issued 27 awards.Fiscal Year 2019
In FY19 the program anticipates receiving 65 applications and anticipates issuing 25 awards.Fiscal Year 2020
In FY20 the program anticipates receiving 65 applications and anticipates issuing 25 awards.
Endangered Species Act—International Cooperation, 16 U.S.C. §1537
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.
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 https://www.fws.gov/international/wildlife-without-borders/south-america/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, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.
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 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.
April 12, 2019 Latin America; April 15, 2019 Caribbean
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.
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 online 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.
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.
Recipient 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
Department of Interior,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of International Conservation
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA
Falls Church, VA 22041 US
Department of Interior,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of International Conservation
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA
Falls Church, VA 22041 USA
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$1,083,851.00; FY 19 est $900,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$1,100,312.00; - Caribbean(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$1,200,000.00; FY 19 est $1,200,000.00; FY 20 est $1,200,000.00; - Latin America
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 reduce threats to key species and ecosystems in Central and South America and strengthen the requisite local individual and institutional capacity to sustain conservation processes in the long-term. The program supported: 1) A project to enhance development of economic opportunities related to ecotourism as an alternative to unsustainable natural resource use for the communities of La Amistad; 2) a project to reduce agricultural encroachment on broadleaf and coniferous forests of the Chiquibul-Maya Mountains landscape by consolidating strategic alliances, improving rural livelihoods of communities in critical conservation areas, and strengthening public and private participation through the Inter-sectoral Roundtable for Land and the Environment for Southern Petén; 3) a project to support a conservation effort in the community of Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre located on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica by supporting community-based conservation and the creation of green jobs.Fiscal Year 2018
Caribbean: The program supported: 1) Conservation of critically endangered iguana species and their habitats; 2) Addressing illegal trade of wildlife in the Caribbean; 3) Strengthening the leadership and professional capacities of young conservation professionals in the Caribbean; 4) Protected areas management and conservation through institutional capacity building and local community engagement. Latin America: Conservation of jaguars in the Sky Islands region of northern Mexico, by preventing deaths caused by collisions with vehicles and by maintaining habitat connectivity. Habitat fragmentation is one of the main drivers of jaguar extinction with roads being responsible for reducing habitat functionality and causing their death in wildlife-vehicle collisions. Conservation of Central America’s Wildlife Corridor: (1) improving governance and strengthening wildlife law enforcement through ground patrols, (2) providing in-situ training to managers, rangers, and indigenous authorities on SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) to carry out intelligence based patrolling strategies, (3) developing a National Jaguar Plan for Guatemala, and (4) scaling-up technical services to ranchers in protected area buffer zones. Uniting complete suites of carnivores, herbivores and scavengers co-existing with livestock producers on a connected matrix of protected areas and private lands in Patagonia, South America.Fiscal Year 2019
The program anticipates funding projects that promote the conservation of the Latin America and Caribbean region.Fiscal Year 2020
The program anticipates funding projects that promote the conservation of the Latin America and Caribbean region.