Wildlife Without Borders-Mexico

 

To Build human and institutional capacity for biodiversity conservation and management in Mexico through training. Of interest are projects that provide direct and significant training to Mexican personnel in terms of number of individuals trained, strategic or innovative nature of the training, and impact of the training on the conservation of biodiversity.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.641
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 54 applications and issued 18 awards. Fiscal Year 2015: Program received 46 applications; the number of awards is TBD. Fiscal Year 2016: No data is available.
Authorization
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1531-43.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federal, State and local government; public nonprofit institution/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.
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
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.grants.gov. The Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions are also located on this programs website at http://www.fws.gov/international/wildlife-without-borders/mexico/index.html. If you are unable to access the Internet, hard copies are available upon request from the Branch of Mexico, Division of International Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 100, Arlington, VA 22203.
Award Procedure
Projects are simultaneously reviewed by a panel convened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a panel convened by the Mexican Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). Final funding decisions are made jointly by representatives of the Service and SEMARNAT based on the recommendations of the two review panels. 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.
Deadlines
Oct 01, 2014 October 1.
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.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
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 Mexico Program 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?
To be considered, projects must fall into one or more of the following three strategic categories:
(1) Managing for Excellence: Training in natural resource conservation and management for Mexican
Government personnel, including policy-makers, federal, state, and municipal-level resource managers, and reserve guards. This includes short-term (2-3 weeks) on-the-job courses certified by an educational institution (Diplomados), workshops, exchanges of personnel, etc.

(2) Stewards of the Land: Training in natural resource conservation/management for resource owners and/or direct users, including local communities, rural peasant farmer organizations, and indigenous peoples. This includes training provided through on-the-ground practices, workshops, exchanges of personnel, and other delivery mechanisms appropriate to the training needs of these target groups.

(3) Voices for Nature: Training in environmental education and/or public outreach for targeted society stakeholder groups, including teachers, school children, journalists, tourists, legislators, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector organizations or businesses. This includes workshops, educational programs, production of educational and training material, etc.

Applicants should be proposing work to be conducted in Mexico. If work is to be conducted in the United States, the proposal must show a clear connection to capacity building for biodiversity conservation in Mexico to be eligible for funding. 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 Mexico. 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. For further information, please contact the regional office. 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
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 that is approved for each Assistance Award, and in accordance with the program financial and performance reporting procedures specified in the Assistance Award document. 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
See Regional Agency Offices.
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
, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: WWB_Mexico@fws.gov Phone: (703) 358-1754 Fax: (703) 358-2115.
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov/international/DIC/regionalprograms/mexico/mexico.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1611-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $600,000; FY 15 est $500,000; and FY 16 est $600,000 - B-PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY14 $600,000; FY15 est $500,000; FY16 est $600,000
FY15 and FY16 figures are based on funding levels from previous years.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Variable amounts. The average grant amount is $35,000.
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/NOFA-AAG/AAG.pdf or in hard copy by contacting the Division of International Conservation.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Program supported: 1) Training to develop the monitoring and patrolling skills of 20 park rangers to conserve Huatulco National Park, a priority marine protected area in the Mexican South Pacific. A total of 9 training workshops were implemented. Training topics including scuba diving certification and navigation skills; first aid; biological monitoring of fish, coral reefs and invertebrates; best patrolling practices and protocols; environmental law framework; recreational areas management and protection; and enforcement of sustainable tourism practices for tour service operators and visitors; 2) Peasant farmers from all over Mexico with the knowledge and skills necessary to sustainably harvest wild agave plants (Agave cupreata) as a non-timber forest product while generating an alternative and sustainable source of income for their families; and 3) Protection and conservation of threatened ecosystems within the Papaloapan River watershed, while improving the living conditions of the local rural and indigenous communities in the area. 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 anticipates funding projects that are similar in scope to FY14.

 


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