U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Funding brief: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The International Affairs Program delivers on this mission through its financial assistance programs by supporting strategic projects that deliver measurable conservation results for priority species and their habitats around the world.

The Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund (RTCF) is soliciting proposals for the conservation of rhinoceros and/or tigers throughout their ranges. The Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act was passed in 1994 to provide financial resources for conservation of rhinoceroses and tiger populations. This Funding Opportunity aligns with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) mission and contributes directly to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior’s following priorities:

● Create a conservation stewardship legacy, second only to Teddy Roosevelt: The goal of this program is to reduce threats to tigers and/or rhinoceroses in their natural habitats. Proposals should identify specific conservation actions that have a high likelihood of creating lasting benefits. Project activities that emphasize data collection and status assessment should describe a direct link to management action, and explain how lack of information has been a key limiting factor for management action in the past. Proposals that do not identify how actions will reduce threats or that do not demonstrate a strong link between data collection and management action will be rejected.

● Strike a regulatory balance: Decisions made in the conservation of tigers and/or rhinoceroses are based on strong science and thorough analysis.

Ensure that the most cost-effective approach has been taken to accomplish goals, objectives and activities. Provide timely technical and financial reporting. Work toward sustainability of project and recovery of species.

The Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund supports projects that promote conservation through:
● Support of protected area/reserve management and law enforcement in important rhinoceros and tiger range;
● Enhanced protection of the most at-risk rhinoceros and tiger populations;
● Habitat conservation, restoration and management;
● Strengthening local capacity and enhancing community engagement to implement conservation programs that enhance conservation stewardship;
● Efforts to decrease human-rhinoceros and human-tiger conflicts;
● Applied research on rhinoceros and tiger populations and their habitats, including surveys and monitoring;
● Compliance with applicable treaties (such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)) and laws that regulate the taking or trade of rhinoceroses and tigers or regulate the use and management of their habitat;
● Reducing demand for illegal rhinoceros and tiger parts, products and live animals in consumer countries;
● Combating trafficking of rhinoceros and tiger parts, products and live animals;
● Reintroduction of rhinoceros to former range; and,
● Trans-frontier tiger conservation;

Proposed project work should occur within the rhinoceros or tiger range, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show clear relevance to rhinoceros or tiger conservation. If the project includes research, the applicant must provide a convincing argument that the research addresses priority threats and that the results are likely to inform management actions.

Donor Name: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Funding name: No specific fund name

Funding Opportunity Number: F19AS00011

Deadline: Jan, 04th, 2019 Complete Applications are due no later than 11:59pm EDT on January, 4th, 2019.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,560,000, Award Ceiling: $250,000, Award Floor: $25,000

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found
Project duration: Not found

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● Applicants under this program can be multi-national secretariats; government agencies, non-governmental organizations, public and private institutions of higher education, foreign entities, for profit organizations and individuals. U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations with 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Status (IRS) must provide a copy of their Section 501(c)(3) status determination letter received from the IRS.

Ineligible Activities:
● They will not fund the purchase of firearms or ammunition; buying of intelligence, evidence or information or paying informants; gathering information by persons who conceal their true identity or any activity that would circumvent sanctions, laws, or regulations of either the U.S. or the country in which the activity would occur.

● Projects in countries determined by the U.S. Department of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism. These countries are subject to four main categories of sanctions which include restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, miscellaneous financial, and other restrictions. See http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/c14151.htm for more information;

● Projects in countries included in comprehensive sanction programs administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Controls, without proper licenses. See http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Pages/default.aspx for more information on OFAC and specific comprehensive and non-comprehensive sanction programs.

Applicants must ensure that activities occurring outside the United States are coordinated as necessary with appropriate U.S. and foreign government authorities and that any necessary licenses, permits, or approvals are obtained prior to undertaking proposed activities. The Service does not assume responsibility for recipient compliance with the laws and regulations of the country in which the work is to be conducted.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Foreign applicant: mscf_rhinotiger@fws.gov

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Form (Budget-Sample): Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

● Proposals must be submitted in English.

● U.S. Applicants: U.S. applicants MUST apply through Grants.gov. U.S. applicants cannot submit applications by direct email to the program inbox email without prior approval or justification. If you wish to seek a waiver and approval for direct email submission, you must demonstrate that you have attempted to register in SAM and apply via Grants.gov, and attempted to resolve issues you experienced. This may include computer screen shots, email correspondence or other information obtained at the time of submission, before the stated deadline, that would support a waiver.

● Register an Account with Grants.gov: Applicants must first register an account with Grants.gov and complete all steps of the registration process before they can apply through Grants.gov. Grants.gov registration requires the entity to create an account, create an account profile, and establish authorized profile roles, including the applicant’s authorized representative. Registration can take three to five business days or longer, if you do not complete the required steps in a timely manner.

● Apply through Grants.gov: Grants.gov applicants apply online using Workspace. Workspace is a shared, online environment where members of a grant team may simultaneously access and edit different webforms within an application. For each funding opportunity announcement, you can create individual instances of a workspace. To apply, the applicant will create, complete, and submit a Workspace application package for this Funding Opportunity directly on Grants.gov. Grants.gov recommends submitting your application package at least 24-48 hours prior to the close date to allow time to correct any potential technical issues that may disrupt the application submission. When attaching files to the Grants.gov application, please do not assign file names longer than 20 characters, including spaces. File names longer than 20 characters will prevent your application received by Grants.gov from automatically downloading into the Service’s financial assistance management system. Applicants using slow internet, such as dial-up connections, should be aware that the transmission of the application to Grants.gov takes time. Grants.gov sends either an error message or a “successfully received” message by email to the applicant’s authorized representative once the transmission is complete. Please do not end the transmission process before receiving that message.

● Proof of Timely Submission: Grants.gov automatically generates an electronic date and time stamp in the system upon application receipt. Grants.gov sends an acknowledgement of receipt with the date and time stamp and a unique Grants.gov application tracking number to the authorized representative by email. This email from Grants.gov serves as the proof of timely submission.

● Foreign Applicants: Foreign applicants are encouraged to submit applications through Grants.gov as described for U.S. applicants above. However, you may also submit your proposal to the following email address:[mscf_rhinotiger@fws.gov]. All documents must be printable on letter-sized paper (8 ½” x 11”). Format pages to display and print page numbers. Format your entire proposal into a SINGLE pdf file. If you are unable to submit a single pdf file and need to submit separate attachments, please send them in a single email message. If your files are too big for a single email, please number your emails and attachments and include the name of your organization in the subject line so that we know the order of your submissions. Compressed files (ZIP, RAR, etc.) and/or links to upload sites will NOT be accepted.

The required SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance,form, SF-424B/D Assurances form, and any other required standard forms MUST be signed by your organization’s authorized official. The Signature and Date fields on the standard forms downloaded from Grants.gov are pre-populated with the text “Completed by Grants.gov upon submission” or “Completed on submission to Grants.gov”. Remove this text (manually or digitally) before signing the forms.

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