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
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
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; 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.
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 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, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.
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.
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 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.
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
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. 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. Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation or special award terms.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local 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
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 US
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$612,166.00; - This program is no longer issuing awards. The CFDA remains active to allow the FWS to close all currently open awards and report any associated amendments to government-wide systems that require the identification of an open CFDA number as a key reporting element.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Variable amounts. The average grant amount is $35,000.
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