Asian Elephant Conservation Fund

To provide financial assistance to support the effective long-term conservation of Asian elephants.

This program provides support for projects that focus on one or more of the following areas: Applied research, including surveys and monitoring; enhanced compliance with treaties and laws that
prohibit the take or trade of Asian elephant or regulate the use and management of their habitat; conservation education and community outreach; development and execution of conservation management plans; enhanced protection of at-risk populations; habitat conservation and management, including protected area and reserve management; local capacity building; reduction of human-elephant conflicts; transfrontier conservation; and wildlife inspection, law enforcement, and forensics skills.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The program supported: 1) A project is to expand the range of an existing community-based Elephant Conservation Unit (ECU) to reach communities recently experiencing human-elephant conflict (HEC) as well as collect Asian elephant behavioral and socioecological data in agricultural landscapes in Sabah, Malaysia; 2) a project to reduce human-elephant conflict (HEC) in Nepal through training of trainers programs in landscapes where humans and wild Asian elephants coexist, targeting educators and local communities; 3) a project to ensure the survival and increase the population of the Critically Endangered Sumatran elephant through a comprehensive elephant management strategy that protects the integrity of habitat and benefits rural communities of Ulu Masen, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Fiscal Year 2018: The program anticipates funding projects that promote the conservation of Asian elephants and their habitats.

Fiscal Year 2019: The program anticipates funding projects that promote the conservation of Asian elephants and their habitats.


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
Fauna & Flora International $ 84,134   2018-10-152021-12-31
The Australian Orangutan Project Incorporated $ 56,850   2018-08-162021-09-30
Community For Sumatra Nature Conservation $ 56,812   2018-09-052021-09-30
Asian Elephant Support $ 419,700   2013-08-162021-09-30
Wildlife Conservation Society $ 71,540   2018-09-142021-09-30
Zoologische Gesellschaft Frankfurt Von 1858 E.v. $ 144,000   2016-05-172021-06-30
Research Foundation Of The City University Of New York $ 47,195   2018-11-202020-12-31
Research Foundation Of The City University Of New York $ 0   2018-11-132020-12-31
Wildlife Conservation Society $ 119,328   2017-07-272020-09-30
Fauna & Flora International $ 70,200   2018-08-162020-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: The program received 56 applications and issued 27 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: The program anticipates receiving 50 applications and issuing approximately 25 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: The program anticipates receiving 50 applications and issuing approximately 25 awards.

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.

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 ammunition; 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, Sudan, and Syria.

This program is administered in compliance with the Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreement 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 Asian government agency responsible for Asian elephant conservation and protection, and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in Asian elephant conservation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any Asian government agency responsible for Asian elephant conservation and protection, and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in Asian elephant conservation.

Credentials/Documentation

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.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 Grants.gov websitewww.grants.gov. The Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions are also located on this program's website at http://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/notice-of-funding-availability-asian-elephant.pdf. 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 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 Asian Elephant Conservation Fund (16 USC 4261 4266.) Review criteria can be found in the application information 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 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.

Deadlines

Apr 01, 2018 Feb 1, 2018.

Authorization

Asian Elephant Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 4261 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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

Appeals

No procedure for appeals.

Renewals

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: 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. 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.

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 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.

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

14-1652-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $1,835,320; FY 18 est $1,800,000; and FY 19 est $1,800,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $1,835,320; FY18 $1,800,000; FY19 $1,800,000. 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 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

None.

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_asianelephant@fws.gov 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 Asian Elephant Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 4261-4266). Additional details on the selection criteria can be found in the Asian Elephant 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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