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FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Asian Elephant Conservation Act, Public Law 105- 96, 111
Stat. 2150, 16 U.S.C. 4261-4266.
To provide financial assistance to any organization or
individual responsible for Asian elephant conservation, and any organization
or individual with experience in Asian elephant conservation, for approved
elephant conservation projects to support research, conservation, management
and protection of Asian elephants.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Funds may be used for approved Asian elephant conservation projects. Proposed
projects should have the support of the local government(s) and have matching
funds (cash) or in- kind support (salaries, equipment, etc.) provided by the
organization receiving the grant or other partners. All non-governmental or
private sector project proposals must contain evidence of support by local
government entities of countries where the project is to be conducted.
Applicant Eligibility: 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 Asian elephants.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Beneficiary Eligibility: 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
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is
excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure: Submit a request for
proposal package, which includes specific information on requirements, to the
Chief, Division of International Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 730, Arlington, Virginia 22203.
Award Procedure: The Chief, Division of
International Conservation (DIC),will select projects to be funded based on
established criteria contained in 16 U.S.C. 4261-4266. A graant agreement
between the Fish and Wildlife Service and the grantee is drafted by DIC. The
agreement is then submitted to the Office of Contracting and General Services
(CGS) for processing. CGS then sends the grant agreement to the grantee for
signature. Upon return to CGS, the grant agreement is signed by CGS, and is
effective on the date of CGS signature.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: Decisions on
funding of project proposals must be made no later than 6 months after the
receipt of the project proposal.
Renewals: A grant agreement can be modified,
extended, or renewed at the discretion of the Chief of DIC and the CGS
Formula and Matching Requirements: To the extent
possible, grant funds are matched by nonfederal funds. This program has no
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.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Progress and final reports are to be
submitted in accordance with terms and conditions of the grant agreement and
must all be submitted within the Period of Performance of the grant agreement.
Audits: 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
receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a
single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal
entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt
from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No.
Records: Records for grants awarded to State and
Local Governments will be maintained 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." Records for
grants awarded to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit
organizations will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR
Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and
Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other
Account Identification: 14-1652-0-1-303.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $725,000; FY 02 est
$970,000; and FY 03 est $920,000.
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
$30,000 or less; however, higher amounts may be requested.
During 2001, the Service awarded 21 grants in 9 range countries, highlights
include: assessing the distribution, abundance, seasonal movements, and
conflicts with man in a river region of Malaysia; establishing monitoring
systems for elephants in numerous countries; educational materials for
teachers/students in India; training of survey techniques for local park
rangers in numerous countries; illegal ivory trade/poaching information for
the range of the Asian elephant; and testing of specific deterrents, fencing,
repellants, etc., for conflict resolutions in southern India.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
50 CFR Parts 13, 14, 17, 24, 7 CFR Part 355.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Contact: Chief, Division of
International Conservation, Room 730, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington,
Virginia 22203. Telephone: (703) 358-1754. Fax: (703) 358-2849.
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Projects have included anti-poaching assistance in the form of training and
equipment, advanced training for Asian wildlife biologists, exploring ways to
reduce human/elephant conflicts, applied genetics studies to manage and
conserve elephant populations, community conservation support, and habitat
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of criteria contained in 16 U.S.C.
4261-4266, and evaluated for scope, significance, feasibility and cost