Marine Turtle Conservation Fund

To assist in the conservation of marine turtles and the nesting habitats of marine turtles in foreign countries by supporting and providing financial resources in the following areas: academic and technical training in the conservation and management of marine turtles; applied research on marine turtle
populations and their habitats, including surveys and monitoring; conservation education and community outreach for the protection of nesting and near shore foraging populations; development and execution of marine turtle conservation management plans; habitat conservation and management; information exchange to promote international collaboration; projects to protect nesting females and eggs on important nesting beaches; promotion of networks, partnerships, and coalitions that assist in the implementation of conventions, treaties, protocols and other international activities for the conservation and management of marine turtles; protected area/reserve management of important nesting beaches; strengthening local capacity to implement conservation programs on nesting beaches; and strengthening law enforcement capacity and forensics skills through training and equipment.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The program supported: 1) A project for Leatherback & Hawksbill turtle research and population recovery in Panama; 2) a project to reduce Eastern Pacific Leatherback Bycatch in the Tuna Fisheries of the Eastern Tropical Pacific; 3) a project to combat Marine Turtle Trade in Vietnam.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that conserve nesting populations and habitat and address other threats to the survival of marine turtles in foreign countries.

Fiscal Year 2019: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that conserve nesting populations and habitat and address other threats to the survival of marine turtles in foreign countries.


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 Des Especes Mari Nes $ 25,000   2018-07-062021-09-30
Reptile And Amphibian Program - Sierra Leone $ 73,600   2018-07-022021-09-30
Kutzari Asociacion Para El Estudio Y Conservacion De Las Tortugas Marinas, A.c. $ 66,305   2018-07-022021-09-30
Indefor $ 43,500   2018-07-022021-09-30
Conservation Science Partners, Inc. $ 73,948   2018-05-242021-09-30
Dakshin Foundation $ 76,780   2018-08-092021-09-30
Pamukkale Bilim Merkezi Dernegi Danismanlik Ve Organizasyon Ikt Isl $ 30,000   2018-05-072021-06-30
Environment Society Of Oman $ 83,641   2018-05-292021-06-30
Grupo Tortuguero De Las Californias, A.c. $ 28,359   2018-06-192021-06-30
Lembaga Penelitian Dan Pengabdian Masyarakat $ 89,972   2018-05-102021-06-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: In FY17 the program received 87 applications and issued 52 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: In FY18 the program anticipates receiving 80 applications and issuing approximately 40 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: In FY19 the program anticipates receiving 80 applications and issuing approximately 40 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Project work should occur in foreign countries (outside of the United States) that have within their boundaries marine turtle nesting habitats and be conducted by any person or group with the demonstrated expertise required for the conservation of marine turtles.

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 government agency responsible for conservation and protection of marine turtles and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in marine turtle conservation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Applications may be submitted by any government agency responsible for conservation and protection of marine turtles and any other organization or individual with demonstrated experience in marine turtle conservation.

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 Grants.gov website http://www.grants.gov/search/basic.do. The Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions are also located on this program's website at https://www.fws.gov/international/grants-and-reporting/how-to-apply.html. 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 Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-266). 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 02, 2018 January 22, 2018, and April 2, 2018.

Authorization

Marine Turtle Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 6601 et seq., Public Law 108-266, 16 U.S.C 6601.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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

Appeals

Not Applicable.

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

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. 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 approved project period of performance, 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 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 $2,203,383; FY 18 est $2,200,000; and FY 19 est $2,200,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $2,203,383.57; FY18 $2,200,000; FY19 $2,200,000 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/grants/grants.html or in paper copy by contacting the Division of International Conservation at (703) 358-1754.

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_marineturtle@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 Marine Turtle Conservation Fund (Public Law 108-266). Additional details on the selection criteria can be found in the Marine Turtle 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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