Notice of Funding Opportunity

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of International Conservation
International Affairs
Latin America Regional Program

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:15.640
Funding Opportunity Number: F19AS00097
Submission Deadline: 23:59 PM ET 12 April 2019

Description: USFWS will support local, national and transnational activities to reduce removal of wildlife and plants (including timber) from natural ecosystems for illegal and/or unsustainable consumption, commercial sale, or trade. Eligible proposals include projects that: (a) combat poaching,
illegal resource extraction, and habitat degradation in high value conservation areas; (b) increase local and national political will and capacity to improve compliance with wildlife and protected area laws; (c) raise public awareness to change behaviors to combat wildlife trafficking and associated illegal wildlife pet  trade; and (d) reduce the availability of and markets for wild animals and plants (including timber) that are illegally and/or unsustainably harvested.

USFWS seeks to support projects in the following areas:

  1. Strengthen Wildlife Law Compliance and Enforcement
  • Support Governments in Strengthening Capacity
  • Support Indigenous Peoples and Rural Communities in Strengthening Capacity
  1. Support Community Wildlife Conservation
  2. Raise Public Awareness to Change Behavior

Geographic Eligibility

South America:

  • Tropical Andes (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru)
  • Patagonia (5 critical landscapes in Chile and Argentina, described further below)
  • Gran Chaco (Dry Chaco ecoregion of Paraguay)

Other: Other geographic areas within the countries identified above will be considered if compelling  evidence is presented that wildlife trafficking is a major threat.

Eligible Applicants 

Applicants under this program can be: multi-national secretariats, foreign governments, U.S. and foreign non-profits, non-governmental organizations, community and indigenous organizations, and U.S. and foreign public and private institutions of higher education. U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations with 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Status (IRS) must provide a copy of their status determination letter received from the IRS. Individuals are not eligible to apply under this Notice of Funding Opportunity. In addition, tuition for individuals and field expenses for projects carried out in support of masters, doctorate degrees, and postdoctorate research are not eligible under this Notice of Funding Opportunity.

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