African Elephant Conservation
Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC
on Jun 24, 2005
Purpose of this program:
To provide financial assistance to any organization or individual responsible for African elephant conservation, and any organization or individual with experience in African elephant conservation, for approved elephant conservation projects to support research, conservation, management and protection of African elephants.
Possible uses and use restrictions...
Project work should occur within the range of the Asian elephant, or if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show a clear relevance to Asian elephant conservation. Appllied 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.
Who is eligible to apply...
Applicants may be any Federal, State and local government agencies, public or private organizations, non- governmental nonprofit organizations, public an private institutions of higher education, or any other entity with experience in conservation. Projects must provide direct benefits to support research, conservation, management and protection of African elephants.
Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.
About this section:
This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy.
For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree,
3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible.
Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they
Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications
are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs,
the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.
How to apply...
Complete application information can be found at http://international.fws.gov/grants/grants.html, or if unable to access the website, from the Branch of Near East, South Asia & Africia, Chief, Division of International Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 730, Arlington, Virginia 22203.
Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.
Projects are reviewed and competitively selected for funding using criteria developed on the requirements of the African Elephant Conservation Fund (16 USC et seq.). An Assistance Award agreement between the Fish and Wildlife Service and the grantee is drafted by the Division of International Conservation and submitted to the Division of Contracting and Facilities Management (CFM)for processing. CFM then sends Award agreement documents to the grantee for signature. After being returned to CFM, the Award agreement is signed by CFM, and is effective on the date of CFM signature. Fully executived documents are mailed back to the Recipient, and thereafter the Division of International Conservation administers the Assistance Award.
Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check.
Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office,
or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by
intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.
Deadlines and process...
When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will
be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received.
When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Decisions on funding of project proposals are made within 180 days after the receipt of the project proposal.
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units
prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.
In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission
of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or
applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
None. However, at the discretion of the Division of International Conservation, active awards can be modified, e.g., time extensions or budget changes.
In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.
Who can benefit...
Applicants may be any Federal, State, and local government agencies, public or private organizations, non- governmental nonprofit organizations, public and private institutions of higher education, or any other entity with experience in Asian elephant conservation.
About this section:
This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.
What types of assistance...
The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.
How much financial aid...
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Variable amounts. Due to the limited funding available and the desire to support diverse projects, preference will be given to proposals requesting $50,000 or less; however, higher amounts may be requested.
This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.
(Grants) FY 03 $1,100,000; FY 04 est $1,062,000; and FY 05 est $1,030,000.
The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.
Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program.
This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.
Examples of funded projects...
Projects have included anti-poaching assistance in the form training and equipment, advanced training for African wildlife biologists, relocation of elephants to better habitat, exploring ways to reduce human/elephant conflicts, applied genetics studies to manage and conserve elephant populations, community conservation support, elephant population, movements, and habitat utilization studies, and meritorious service award programs for game scouts.
About this section
This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.
During 2003, the Service awarded approximately 24 Assistance Awards (grants)for projects in 13 countries. Highlights include: satellite tracking of forest elephant migrations in Congo, non-invasive genotyping of elephants and genetics-based ivory tracking; a meritorious service awards program for game wardens in Africa; relocation of elephant herds to more favorable habitats in Zimbabwe; community-based wildlife conservation programs in Zimbabwe and Zambia; training in elephant conservation and management for wildlife biologists in Ghana and Ivory Coast; the provision of anti-poaching equipment to six African nations; development and testing of deterrents to reduce human/elephant conflicts; and, immunocontraception as an alternative to elephant culling in South Africa.
Criteria for selecting proposals...
Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of criteria developed from the African Elephant Conservation Act (16 USC 201 et seq.). Hard copies of the criteria are available on request from the Division of International Conservation, (703) 358-1754.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awarded funds must be spent during the approved Period of Performance of the grant agreement and, in accordance with DOI/FWS financial and reporting procedures.
Formula and Matching Requirements
To the extent possible, grant funds are matched by nonfederal funds. This program has no statutory formula.
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.
Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.
In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.
Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.
Post assistance requirements...
Progress and final reports are to be submitted in accordance with terms and conditions in the Assistance Award.
This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency.
The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133.
These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year,
as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period,
rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments" and 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations."
This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require.
Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office.
For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C.
For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.
African Elephant Conservation Act, Title II Sec. 2001 et seq., Public Law 100-478, 102 Stat. 2315 et seq., 16 U.S.C. 4201 et seq., 4211 et seq., 4221 et seq., 4241 et seq., and 1538.
This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).
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 sources the regulations found in 43 CFR part 12 and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Administration Manual. The "Assistance Award Guidelines" can be found on-line at http://international.fws.gov/grants/grants.html or in hard copy by contacting the Division of International Conservation at (703) 358-1754.