Deadline: 1 November 2016
The Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from eligible organizations for a program entitled “Asian Elephant Conservation Fund” with an aim to support projects that promote conservation of Asian elephants and their habitats.
In 1997, with awareness of the increasing threat to the welfare of the already endangered Asian elephant, The Asian Elephant Conservation Act was signed into law. The Act provides for the conservation of Asian elephants by supporting conservation programs in countries within the range of Asian elephants, and the projects of persons with demonstrated expertise in the conservation of Asian elephants.
- The approximate amount of funding available under this program is $1,500,000 USD.
- Based on program experience, it is anticipated that 15 to 20 new awards will be granted this fiscal year.
- This program uses one- to five-year grants or cooperative agreements as financial assistance instruments.
- Applied research on elephant populations and their habitats, including surveys and monitoring;
- Activities that result in fewer wild elephants being removed from the wild, reduce demand in consumer countries for ivory and other body parts, and prevent illegal killing of elephants;
- Development and execution of elephant conservation management plans;
- Compliance with applicable treaties and laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of elephants or regulate the use and management of elephant habitat;
- Conservation education and community outreach;
- Enhanced protection of at-risk elephant populations;
- Efforts to decrease human-elephant conflict;
- Habitat conservation and management, including improved protected area management in important elephant ranges;
- Strengthening local capacity to implement conservation programs;
- Trans-frontier elephant conservation; and
- Wildlife inspection, law enforcement, and forensics skills.
- 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.
- U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations must submit documentary evidence of their Section 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
- Support will also be given to projects that enhance the knowledge of decision makers and other stakeholders. These include legislators, teachers, school children, journalists, tourists, non-governmental organizations, and private sector organizations or businesses in order to strengthen their ability to positively influence wildlife conservation, management, legislation, policy, and finance; and to harmonize these with other national policies.
- Proposed project should occur within the range of the Asian elephant, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show a clear relevance to Asian elephant conservation.
- Applied research projects should address specific management needs and actions, and threats from emerging issues such as disease, poaching, or climate change that affect the species and its habitats.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can apply via given website.
For more information, visit grants.gov.