U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Inviting applications for ‘Marine Turtle Conservation Fund’ to provide financial support for projects that conserve nesting populations and habitat and address other threats to the survival of marine turtles in foreign countries.

Funding brief: The Marine Turtle Conservation Fund (MTCA) is soliciting proposals for the conservation of marine turtles (Chelonia mydas, Caretta caretta, Dermochelys coriacea, Eretmochelys imbricata, Lepidochelys olivacea, Lepidochelys kempii) throughout their range outside of the United States and its territories. The U.S. Government enacted the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004 in response to the decline of many marine turtle populations worldwide and the serious threats to their long-term survival. The primary purpose of the Act is to provide financial support for projects that conserve nesting populations and habitat and address other threats to the survival of marine turtles in foreign countries.

Criteria: High priority, well-justified and feasible projects that address most or all of the requested proposal elements will be forwarded for review. Other review criteria include considering the degree to which:
● The project is well justified, has clear benefits, makes a significant contribution to the protection of marine turtles and is a high priority for the conservation of nesting marine turtle populations and their habitat;
● The capacity of organization and qualifications of key personnel to accomplish project objectives are evident from attached biographical sketch (CV);
● The goals are well defined, and are relevant to the project’s statement of need;
● The objectives, methods and activities are well defined, described in detail, measurable, apply the best scientific and technical information available, and are realistic for the project’s anticipated time frame;
● The proposal includes a well-organized timetable of activities, which can be accomplished during the project’s anticipated timeframe;
● The expected products/outputs/outcomes are identified and enumerated, their impact on the resource is apparent, and they will be effectively distributed to resource managers, community members, researchers and other stakeholders, and the project activities have the potential to be sustained beyond the life of the grant;
● The monitoring and evaluation plans are well described, and are appropriate and adequate;
● The proposal adequately details coordination of project activities with similar, on-going or planned activities of other stakeholders, and conducts activities that are non-duplicative of other on-going activities;
● The budget line items are justified in the proposal narrative, appropriate, allowable and reasonable, and applicant and other counterpart cash and in-kind contributions are acceptable;
● The proposal is a catalyst for activities in a previously neglected area with potential significant conservation value;
● The proposal addresses an emergent issue with potential significant conservation value;
● The proposal addresses a conservation need identified by a specialist group, or by a regional, national or global strategy;
● The proposal conducts activities that will be harmonious with international, national and/or regional conservation priorities, action plans and/or strategies;
● The proposal provides training essential to the development of local capacity to implement conservation activities (e., capacity building), and provides project management experience to local personnel, strengthening the local capacity to manage conservation programs;
● The proposal includes the participation of local people in the project activities;
● The proposal promotes networking, partnerships and/or coalitions;
● The proposal provides for the development of a demonstration activity that can be replicated for widespread use;
● Implement activities or provide benefits that have the potential to be sustained beyond the life of the grant;
● Maintains a positive record of accomplishment with Service based on previous grant support, if applicable, including timely submission of financial and performance reports and a summary of major activities and accomplishments of previous Service support in the Statement of Need section.

Funding Opportunity Number: F18AS00378

Donor Name: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Funding name: Marine Turtle Conservation Fund

Deadline: Cycle 1 is open from present to November, 26th, 2018. Cycle 2 is open from February 1st to April, 1st, 2019. Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT November, 26th, 2018 for Cycle 1, and by 11:59 PM EDT on April 1st, 2019 for Cycle 2.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,500,000, Award Ceiling: $80,000, Award Floor: $10,000

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

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: 5 years

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Applicants can be individuals; multi-national secretariats; state and local government agencies; non-profit, non-governmental organizations; for-profit organizations; public and private institutions of higher education; and foreign entities.

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 Applicants- mscf_marineturtle@fws.gov

Other important link:
Form (Budget-sample): Click to view
● Indirect Costs and Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreements: Click to view

How to apply: 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_marineturtle@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.

● Application Checklist
 DUNS Number
 System for Award Management (SAM) registration
 Leahy vetting information, if applicable
 SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance form
 SF-424B or D Assurances form
 Project Summary (1 page)
 Components outlined in Section C. Project Narrative (maximum 10 pages)
 Summary curricula vitae (1 page maximum) for key personnel
 Map
 Recent Letter of Governmental Endorsement
 SF 424 A or C Budget Information form
 Budget Narrative
 List of Federally funded equipment: If Federally-funded equipment will be used for the project, a list of that equipment
 Indirect Cost Statement
 NICRA: When applicable, a copy of the organization’s current Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement
 Overlap/Duplication statement
 A-133 Single Audit Reporting statement, if applicable
 SF-LLL Form, if applicable

● Proposals must be submitted in English.

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