Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund

To provide financial assistance for projects for the effective long-term conservation of rhinoceros and tigers.

This program supports projects that focus on one or more of the following areas: Enhanced protection of at-risk rhinoceros and tiger populations; protected area/reserve management in
important rhinoceros and tiger range; Veterinary care for wild populations; habitat conservation and management; reintroduction to former range; restoration of habitat; wildlife inspection, law enforcement, and forensics skills; conservation education and community outreach; efforts to decrease human-rhinoceros and human-tiger conflicts; strengthening local capacity to implement conservation programs; transfrontier rhinoceros and tiger conservation; applied research on rhinoceros and tiger populations and their habitats, including surveys and monitoring; development and execution of rhinoceros and tiger conservation management plans; and compliance with applicable treaties and laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of rhinoceros and tigers or regulate the use and management of their habitat.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: This program supported: 1) A project to mitigate Human-Tiger Conflicts through Stakeholder Participation in Uttar Pradesh, India; 2) a project to support informed and effective enforcement on illegal trade of rhinoceros products in China; 3) a project to provide a reliable water supply and security for a rhino sanctuaries expanding population of black rhino in Tanzania; 4) a project that enhances black rhinoceros monitoring and protection in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania; 5) a project focused on dehorning and translocating rhino throughout Namibia for biological management and security reasons.

Fiscal Year 2018: The program anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of rhinos and tigers.

Fiscal Year 2019: The program anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of rhinos and tigers.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Freeland Foundation $ 105,971   2022-01-012026-12-31
Wildlife Trust Of India $ 483,876   2022-01-012026-12-31
Centre For Wildlife Studies, Inc. $ 495,915   2022-01-012026-12-31
Save The Rhino International $ 46,505   2022-01-012026-12-31
Save The Rhino International $ 320,096   2022-01-012026-12-31
Save The Rhino International $ 471,949   2022-01-012026-12-31
Save The Rhino International $ 773,687   2022-01-012026-12-31
Frankfurt Zoological Society-u.s., Inc. $ 97,439   2021-11-012026-10-31
Zoologische Gesellschaft Frankfurt Von 1858 E.v. $ 212,733   2021-09-012026-08-31
Fauna & Flora International $ 180,764   2021-09-012026-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: The program received 80 applications, and issued 49 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: The program anticipates receiving 80 applications and issuing 50 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: The program anticipates receiving 80 applications and issuing 50 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Proposed project work should occur within the rhinoceros or tiger range, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show clear relevance to rhinoceros or tiger conservation.

If the project includes research, the applicant must provide a convincing argument that the results will address management needs or threats from disease and climate change and will result in management actions.

Funds provided under this program will not be used for: the purchase of firearms or ammunitions; buying intelligence information or paying informants; gathering information by persons who conceal their true identity; law enforcement operations that, to arrest suspects, prompt them to carry out illegal activities (entrapment); any activity that would circumvent sanctions, laws or regulations of either the U. S. or the country of proposed activity; material support or resources to individuals, entities, or organizations of countries that the U. S. Department of State has identified as state sponsors of terrorism.

These countries are: Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

(Exceptions may be allowed with clearance from U. S. Department of State.).

100% of funds are discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applications may be submitted by any government agency responsible for the conservation and protection of rhinoceroses and/or tigers and any other organization, multi-national secretariat or individual with demonstrated experience in rhinoceros and/or tiger conservation may submit proposals to this Fund.


non-profit, non-governmental organizations must submit documentary evidence of their Section 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any government agency responsible for conservation and protection of rhinoceros and/or tigers and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in rhinoceros or tiger conservation.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application 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. The Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions are also located on this program's website at https://www.fws.gov/international/grants-and-reporting/how-to-apply.html If you are unable to access the Internet, hard copies are available upon request from the Branch of Near East, South Asia & Africa, Division of International Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. 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.'

Award Procedures

Projects are competitively selected for funding using criteria from the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act (16 USC 5301 et seq.). 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.


Apr 01, 2018 To be determined. Expected April 1st, 2018.


Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §5301 et seq.; Multinational Species Conservation Act of 2007, Public Law 110-132, 121 Stat. 1360.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Decisions on funding of project proposals are made within 180 days after the receipt of the project proposal.


Not Applicable.


None. However; at the discretion of the Division of International Conservation, active awards can be modified, e.g.: time extensions or budget changes.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. No, to the extent possible, grant funds are matched by nonfederal funds. Cost sharing is not required but priority will be given to projects for which there exists some measure of matching funds. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awarded funds must be spent during the performance period that is approved for each Assistance Award, and in accordance with program financial and performance reporting procedures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: 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.

Post Assistance Requirements


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.


Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

Complete reporting requirements can be found at this program's web page at http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/assistance-award-guidelines.pdf.


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.


Recipients 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $4,831,742; FY 18 est $4,800,000; and FY 19 est $4,800,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $4,831,742; FY18 $4,800,000; FY19 $4,800,000; FY18 and FY19 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Variable amounts. Largely $50,000 or less. Higher amounts may be requested.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Awards 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/pdf/assistance-award-guidelines.pdf or in hard copy by contacting the Division of International Conservation.

Information Contacts

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, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: MSCF_RhinoTiger@fws.gov Phone: (703) 358 1754 Fax: (703) 358 2115

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of criteria developed from the requirements of the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 5301 et. seq.). Additional details on the selection criteria can be found in the Rhinoceros and Tiger Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions http://www.fws.gov/international/grants-and-reporting/how-to-apply.html. Hard copies of the criteria are available upon request from the Division of International Conservation.

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