Wildlife Without Borders- Latin America and the Caribbean

To support the creation, implementation, and/or replication of innovative training programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that will train future generations of resource managers through a holistic, cooperative, ecosystem-oriented approach adapted to the complexities of modern society and the
interconnectedness of the landscapes upon which society depends.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The program supported: 1) A project to enhance development of economic opportunities related to ecotourism as an alternative to unsustainable natural resource use for the communities of La Amistad; 2) a project to reduce agricultural encroachment on broadleaf and coniferous forests of the Chiquibul-Maya Mountains landscape by consolidating strategic alliances, improving rural livelihoods of communities in critical conservation areas, and strengthening public and private participation through the Inter-sectoral Roundtable for Land and the Environment for Southern PetÚn; 3) a project to support a conservation effort in the community of Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre located on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica by supporting community-based conservation and the creation of green jobs.

Fiscal Year 2018: The program anticipates funding projects that reduce threats to key species and ecosystems in Central and South America and strengthen the requisite local individual and institutional capacity to sustain conservation processes in the long-term.

Fiscal Year 2019: The program anticipates funding projects that reduce threats to key species and ecosystems in Central and South America and strengthen the requisite local individual and institutional capacity to sustain conservation processes in the long-term.


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
Fondation Pour La Protection De La Biodiversite Marine $ 98,500   2018-08-302019-09-30
The Peregrine Fund Inc $ 130,000   2017-09-222019-09-30
Fundacion Corcovado Lon Willing Ramsey Junior $ 78,171   2017-08-082019-09-30
Panthera Corporation $ 43,490   2017-08-112019-09-30
Global Wildlife Conservation Dba Global Conservation $ 90,748   2017-08-082019-09-30
Panthera Corporation $ 67,601   2017-08-082019-09-30
Instituto Nacional De Conservacion Y Desarollo Forestal, Areas Protegidas Y Vida $ 90,000   2017-08-142019-09-30
Organizacion Para La Conservacion De La Naturaleza Y Desarrollo Comunitario $ 104,390   2016-08-292019-09-30
Fundacion Investigacion En Ciencias Para El Estudio Y Conservacion De La Biodive $ 98,651   2017-08-082019-09-30
Panthera Corporation $ 38,126   2017-08-112019-01-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: In FY17 the program received 27 applications and issued 18 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: In FY18 the program anticipates receiving 30 applications and issuing approximately 20 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: In FY19 the program anticipates receiving 30 applications and issuing approximately 20 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects should take place in Latin America or the Caribbean, ideally in a recognized high priority ecosystem or ecoregion of biome, or a key location associated with flagship, endangered or migratory species of regional concern.

If work is to be conducted outside that region, the proposal must explain why it is preferable that the project is implemented elsewhere.

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 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, 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

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 agencies; 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.

Credentials/Documentation

Yes. 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.

12372.

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 https://www.fws.gov/international/wildlife-without-borders/south-america/index.html If you are unable to access the Internet, hard copies are available upon request from the Branch of Latin America & the Caribbean, Division of International Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.

Award Procedures

Projects are reviewed and competitively selected for funding using criteria developed specifically for this program. 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.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Endangered Species Act?International Cooperation, 16 U.S.C. ž1537.

Range of Approval/Disapproval 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).

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 indicated on the Assistance Award, and in accordance with the financial and performance reporting procedures specified in the Assistance Award. 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

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Complete reporting requirements can be found at this programs web page at http://www.fws.gov/international/DIC/pdf/NOFA-AAG/AAG.pdf .

Complete reporting requirements can be found at this programs web page at https://www.fws.gov/international/grants-and-reporting/information-for-grantees.html.

For financial reporting, Domestic Recipients with no program income to report shall use Federal Financial Report, Standard Form 425.

Domestic recipients with program income to report shall use Federal Financial Report SF 425.

Non-domestic Recipients shall submit a financial report that follows the same format of the original project proposal budget table, itemizes expenditures for the reporting period any describes any deviations from the approved project budget.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR Part 170.

Audits

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 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

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $1,100,312; FY 18 est $1,000,000; and FY 19 est $1,000,000 - PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY17 $1,100,312.34; FY18 $1,000,000; FY19 $1,000,000 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

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 https://www.doi.gov/pam/programs/financial_assistance/TermsandConditions. The Assistance Award Guidelines can be found on-line at https://www.fws.gov/international/grants-and-reporting/how-to-apply.html or in hard copy by contacting the Division of International Conservation at (703) 358-1754.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Wildlife Without Borders Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of International Conservation 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA, Falls Church, Virginia 22041 Email: wwb_sa@fws.gov;wwb_ca@fws.gov Phone: 703-358-1754 Fax: 703-358-2115

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

A complete list of the criteria used to select projects under this program can be found in the Latin America & the Caribbean 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.



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