USAID PROTECT’s Small Grants Program: Addressing Dynamics in Tanzania that Threaten Biodiversity Conservation

Deadline: 21 February 2019

Applicants are invited to apply for the ‘PROTECT’ Project which is a five-year USAID-funded project implemented by RTI International.

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The objective of USAID PROTECT is to address dynamics in Tanzania that threaten biodiversity conservation and inhibit private sector-led growth in the natural resources sector.

Key Areas

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USAID PROTECT activities focus on three key areas:

  • policy, research and advocacy;
  • institutional strengthening; and
  • increasing private investment in the wildlife sector.

Addressing these challenges is essential to safeguarding the future of biodiversity conservation in Tanzania. There are many strategies to do so, such as policy and legal reforms and harmonization, strengthening law enforcement, and encouraging non-state actors to become champions for conservation. For these efforts to be successful, innovative conservation approaches are needed to address conservation threats.

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USAID PROTECT aims to support innovative conservation initiatives to address conservation threats, through the award of grants to eligible entities/organizations: local civil society organizations (CSOs), non-government organizations (NGOs), and private sector actors. This activity is also intended to contribute to one of USAID PROTECT’s outcomes, which is to build local Tanzanian capacity to promote biodiversity conservation in Tanzania.

Funding Information

  • All grants will be administered according to USAID grant regulations by the USAID PROTECT Activity implementer, RTI International.
  • USAID PROTECT anticipates awarding grants to fund eligible applications submitted in response to this Request for Applications (RFA). Applications must range between TZS 114,771,000 (USD50,000) up to TZS 459,082,000 (USD200,000).

Priority Thematic and/or Geographic Areas

Grants will be for (1) year to support innovative activities that address threats to biodiversity such as wildlife trafficking, human-wildlife conflict, and habitat fragmentation. USAID is interested in receiving applications that address one or more of the following priority thematic and/or geographic areas:

  • Private sector partnerships
  • Combatting wildlife trafficking
  • Conservation of the Eastern Arc Mountains
  • Conservation of the Coastal Forests
  • Conservation of marine area


  • Project activities must take place in the United Republic of Tanzania.
  • Grant applications and all deliverables must be submitted in English.
  • Organizations, Individuals, Activities and Costs that will NOT be Funded.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a completed Grant Application Form and required attachments electronically at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Tanzania

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