Central Africa Regional
The Central Africa Regional Program supports projects in Central Africa that strengthen capacity, target key threats to wildlife and their habitats, and build a better evidence base for conservation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) prioritizes strengthening capacity for wildlife protection, including the professionalization of park staff, protected species management, and wildlife law enforcement. USFWS provides tools and technologies for measuring, evaluating, and improving the effectiveness of site-based protection and wildlife conservation. The success of USFWS efforts depends on building the capacity of Central African governments and field partners to professionally manage and protect their national resources. USFWS works closely with governments, other U.S. agencies, international donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), wildlife colleges, communities, and a range of other partners to ensure a strategic, results-based approach to wildlife stewardship in Central Africa. Through a competitive process, USFWS provides support where it is needed most and can be applied effectively. Long-term goals of support include: (1) promoting landscape connectivity in Central Africa?s most important wildlife strongholds, (2) protecting parks by supporting the front lines of protected area management and capacity development, (3) addressing regional threats to wildlife, and (4) conserving critical wildlife populations.
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
Program anticipates receiving 55 applications and issuing 25 awards. In FY17 the program received 67 applications and issued 13 awards.Fiscal Year 2018
In FY18, the program received 20 applications and issued 6 awards.Fiscal Year 2019
In FY19, the program anticipates receiving 25 applications and issuing 8 awards.Fiscal Year 2020
In FY20, the program anticipates receiving 25 applications and issuing 8 awards.
Endangered Species Act—International Cooperation, 16 U.S.C. §1537, 16 U.S.C. 1531-43
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Federal, State and local government agencies; non-profit, non-governmental organizations; and public and private institutions of higher education, or any of the stated associate entities on behalf of an eligible individual.
Federal, State and local government. agencies; nonprofit, non-governmental organizations; and public and private institutions of higher education. All recipients, both individual and institutional, must have a bank account and have the ability to receive funds directly.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. See program Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov for pre-application requirements and procedures.
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. Complete application information can also be found at http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/notice-of-funding-availability-africa.pdf, or, if unable to access the website, by requesting a paper copy from the Division of International Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041, Telephone: (703) 358-1754. 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.
Projects are reviewed and competitively selected for funding based on established criteria. Review criteria can be found in the application information at http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/notice-of-funding-availability-africa.pdf. Once a proposal has been selected for funding, an FWS approving official executes an Assistance Award between the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Recipient. 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.
March 18, 2019
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 will be included as part of the Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions at http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/notice-of-funding-availability-africa.pdf. Hard copies can be obtained by contacting the Division of International Conservation at (703) 358-1754 or WWB_Africa@fws.gov.
How may assistance be used?
The Congo Basin is a globally important region for forest and biodiversity conservation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) works closely with national governments, U.S. agencies, and a range of other partners to ensure a strategic, results-based approach to wildlife conservation in the basin. In collaboration with U.S. Agency of International Development’s (USAID) Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE), the USFWS is providing this funding opportunity to improve protected area management, reduce threats to key wildlife populations, and develop the requisite individual and institutional conservation capacity to undertake long-term conservation programs. It is anticipated that grant funding through the USFWS Multinational Species Conservation Funds will continue to provide support on a competitive basis to Congo Basin countries and corresponding landscapes not covered in the priorities outlined below, in future funding cycles.
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
Awarded funds must be spent during the approved project period of performance, 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 terms and conditions in the notice of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Region 1, (Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Hawaii, Trust Territories of the Pacific) Regional Director: Renne Lohoefener, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-4181. Telephone: (503) 872-2716; Fax: (503)231-6118. California Nevada Operations Office Regional Director: Steve Thompson, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W2606 Sacramento, CA 95825. Telephone: (916) 414-6486; Fax: (916) 414-6464 Region 2 (New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas) Regional Director: Benjamin Tuggle, P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, NM 87103. Telephone: (505) 248-6910; Fax: (505) 248-6282. Region 3, (Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa). Regional Director, Robyn Thorson Federal Building, 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, MN 55111. Telephone: (612) 713-5284; Fax: (612) 713-5301. Region 4, (Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico). Regional Director: Sam Hamilton, 1875 Century Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30345. Telephone: (404)679-4006 Fax: (404) 679-4000. Region 5, (Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island) Regional Director: Marvin Moriarty, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035. Telephone: (413) 253-8308. Fax: (413) 253-8300. Region 6, (Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota) Regional Director, Mitch King, P.O. Box 25486, DFC Denver, CO 80225. Telephone: (303) 236-7920 Fax: (303) 236-8295 Region 7 (Alaska) Regional Director: Tom Melius, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503. Telephone: (907) 786-3306 Fax: (907) 786-3542.
Devon Larson, Grants Specialist
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
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$15,028,276.00; FY 19 est $15,000,000.00; FY 20 est $15,000,000.00; FY 17$15,170,086.00; -
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 anticipates funding projects that are similar in scope to FY 2016. The program supported: 1) A project to reduce bushmeat supply and demand by increasing wildlife security on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea; 2) A project to enhance conservation in the Okapi Faunal Reserve by strengthening law enforcement operations to ensure long-term protection.; 3) a project to develop a new generation of researchers to address critical conservation challenges facing wildlife, biodiversity and ecosystem health; 4) a project aimed at consolidating and increasing protection measures and minimizing the negative impacts of road construction in Mbam and Djerem National Park (MDNP), Cameroon.Fiscal Year 2018
The program anticipates funding projects that reduce threats to key wildlife populations, and develop the requisite individual and institutional conservation capacity to undertake long-term conservation programs.Fiscal Year 2019
The program anticipates funding projects that reduce threats to key wildlife populations, and develop the requisite individual and institutional conservation capacity to undertake long-term conservation programs.Fiscal Year 2020
The program anticipates funding projects that reduce threats to key wildlife populations, and develop the requisite individual and institutional conservation capacity to undertake long-term conservation programs.