Combating Wildlife Trafficking

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Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The program supported: 1) A project to enhance education and training to CITES Authorities in Central America and the Caribbean; 2) a project aimed at Building Law Enforcement and Community Capacity to Reduce the Pangolin Trade in Nepal; 3) a project to combat poaching and illegal trade of the snow leopard across its range through improved data collation, information generation, information sharing, and international cooperation.

Fiscal Year 2018: The program anticipates funding projects that help advance counter-wildlife trafficking activities.

Fiscal Year 2019: The program anticipates funding projects that help advance counter-wildlife trafficking activities.


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.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Conservation Science Global, Inc $ 148,500   2019-10-012021-09-30
International Snow Leopard Trust, The $ 93,265   2019-10-012021-09-30
Traffic International $ 102,324   2019-12-012021-09-30
Endangered Wildlife Trust $ 115,118   2019-10-012021-09-30
Endangered Wildlife Trust $ 55,980   2019-10-012021-09-30
Colorado State University $ 117,076   2019-10-012021-09-30
Fauna & Flora International $ 157,206   2019-10-012021-09-30
Wildlife Conservation Society $ 126,182   2019-10-012021-09-30
Zambian Carnivore Programme $ 100,000   2019-10-012021-09-30
Save Vietnam's Wildlife $ 60,000   2019-10-012021-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: The program received 117 applications and issued 35 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: In FY18 the program anticipates receiving 115 applications and issuing approximately 35 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: In FY19 the program anticipates receiving 115 applications and issuing approximately 35 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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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.

These funds may not be used towards training U. S. Federal Government personnel.

Program will fund projects that link directly to the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking: Implementation Plan.

(https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/nationalstrategywildlifetrafficking.pdf).

100% of funding is discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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Beneficiary Eligibility

Non-domestic (outside of the United States) government agencies responsible for combating wildlife trafficking and any other U.S.- based or non-domestic public or private non-governmental organization or institution or individual with demonstrated experience in the activities proposed.

Credentials/Documentation

Federal law (2 CFR Part 25, Universal Identifier and System for Award Management) mandates that all entities applying for Federal financial assistance, except individuals applying on their own behalf and not on behalf of any entity, must have a valid Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and have a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM). Applicant entities or their key project personnel identified in the SAM.gov Exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted or excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program. U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations with 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Status must provide a copy of their Section 501(c)(3) status determination letter received from the Internal Revenue Service. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The pre-application announcement and 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/grants-and-reporting/how-to-apply.html 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, MS:IA, Falls Church, Virginia, 22041, Telephone: (703) 358-1754. An application will not be considered complete if required elements are not submitted as instructed.

Award Procedures

Pre-applications and subsequent full applications are reviewed and competitively selected for funding based on established criteria. Review criteria can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/international/grants-and-reporting/how-to-apply.html 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 electronically.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Endangered Species Act?International Cooperation,16 U.S.C. §1537; E.N.D. Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016, P.L. 114-231; and Executive Order 13773, signed February 09, 2017.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. Decisions on Pre-applications are made within 90 days from the submission deadline. Decisions on full applications are typically made within 180 days after the receipt of the application, but not later than September 30 each year.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

None. Recipients may request funding for a subsequent year/cycle of a currently funded project. However, these requests are subject to the same submission, review, and approval requirements as all new applications. This program will fund any approved renewal application as new award, not as an amendment to an existing award. Recipients may request approval for budget and project plan revisions of funded projects, including period of performance and reporting due date extensions, in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Program will include any special award terms and conditions in the notice of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request awarded funds as needed and in accordance with 2 CFR 200, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation/regulation or special award terms.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

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.

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Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final 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 financial 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.

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

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

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $4,866,038; FY 18 est $4,850,000; and FY 19 est $4,850,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $4,866,038.17; FY18 $4,850,000; FY19 $4,850,000 FY18 and FY19 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

We anticipate issuing 10 awards for $100,000 or less each to be used for projects lasting one year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

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Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Nikole Tucker Headquarters Office Division of International Conservation U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA , Falls Church, Virginia 22041 Phone: (703)358-2379

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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