African Elephant Conservation Fund

To provide financial assistance to support projects that will enhance sustainable conservation programs to ensure effective, long-term conservation of African elephants.

The African Elephant Conservation Fund supports projects that promote conservation through: Applied research on elephant populations

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and their habitat, including surveys and monitoring; Development and execution of elephant conservation management plans; Compliance with applicable treaties and laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of elephants or regulate the use and management of elephant habitat; Conservation education and community outreach; Enhanced protection of at-risk elephant populations; Efforts to decrease human-elephant conflict; Habitat conservation and management; Protected area/reserve management in important elephant range; Strengthening local capacity to implement conservation programs; Transfrontier elephant conservation; and Wildlife inspection, law enforcement, and forensics skills.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The program supported: 1) A project to increase law enforcement operational support for elephant security in the eastern Nsumbu-Mweru ecosystem, Northern Zambia; 2) a project to ensure long-term viability of elephants through exclusion fencing to permanently reduce human-elephant conflict in the Greater Amboseli Ecosystem, Kenya; 3) a project to provide aerial support for anti-poaching, monitoring and management of Zakouma National Park and periphery, Chad.

Fiscal Year 2018: The program anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of African elephants, and those that are similar in scope to FY 2017.

Fiscal Year 2019: The program anticipates funding projects that are effective for the long-term conservation of African elephants, and those that are similar in scope to FY 2018.

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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Traffic International $ 199,368   2022-07-012024-06-30
Conservation Lower Zambezi $ 359,844   2022-04-012024-03-31
Bill Woodley Mount Kenya Trust $ 259,506   2022-04-012024-03-31
World Wildlife Fund, Inc. $ 400,000   2022-03-012024-02-29
Southern Tanzania Elephant Program $ 350,395   2022-03-012024-02-29
Big Life Limited $ 322,234   2022-03-012024-02-29
African Parks Foundation Of America $ 236,028   2022-03-012024-02-28
Wildlife Conservation Society $ 400,000   2022-03-012024-02-28
The Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation $ 147,555   2022-02-012024-01-31
African Parks Foundation Of America $ 388,443   2022-01-012023-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: The program received 36 applications, and issued 13 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: The program anticipates receiving 40 applications and issuing 15 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: The program anticipates receiving 40 applications and issuing 15 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Project work should occur within the range of the African elephant, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show a clear relevance to African elephant conservation.

Applied research projects should address specific management needs and actions.

Funds provided under this program will not be used for: 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, laws or regulations of either the U. S. or the country in which the activity would occur.

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, North Korea, 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.

100% of funds are discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applications may be submitted by any African government agency responsible for African elephant conservation and protection and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in African elephant conservation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any African government agency responsible for African elephant conservation and protection and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in African elephant 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 website: The Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions are also located on this program's website at . If you are unable to access the Internet, hard copies are available upon request from the Branch of Near East, South Asia and 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 reviewed and competitively selected for funding using criteria developed on the requirements of the African Elephant Conservation Fund (16 USC et seq.) Review criteria can be found in the application information at Once a proposal has been selected for funding, an FWS approving official executes an Assistance Award between the U.S. 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.


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African Elephant Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 4201 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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


No procedure for appeals.


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. 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 the payment methods prescribed in 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


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 $3,085,085; FY 18 est $3,000,000; and FY 19 est $3,000,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $3,085,085; FY18 $3,000,000; FY19 $3,000,000. FY18 and FY19 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Variable amounts. Generally $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 The 'Assistance Award Guidelines' can be found on-line at or in hard copy by contacting the Division of International Conservation.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


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: Phone: (703) 358-1754 Fax: (703) 358-2115

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals will be reviewed based on criteria developed from the requirements of the African Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4201 et. seq.). Additional details on the selection criteria can be found in the African Elephant Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions Hard copies of the criteria are available upon request from the Division of International Conservation.

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