Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Countering Wildlife Trafficking in West Africa

Announcement Type: Request for Federal Assistance Awards Applications

Public Opportunity Title: Countering Wildlife Trafficking in West Africa

NOFO Opportunity Number: SFOP0004251

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 19.705 – Transnational Crime

Funding Amount: Not to exceed the total amount of $1,250,000 U.S. Dollars

NOFO Issuance Date: May 8, 2018

Deadline for Receipt of Questions: June 5, 2018; 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Closing Date and Time for Submission of Applications: July 3, 2018; 11:59 PM Eastern Time via

Program Type: INL/C Wildlife Trafficking

Grant Program: INL/C Program to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Assistance Type: Grant

Eligibility Category: U.S. based or overseas-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and U.S. or overseas private/state institutions of higher education. See complete eligibility criteria below.

Applicant Type: NGOs, Educational Institutions

Award Ceiling: $1,250,000

Award Floor: $400,000

Cost Sharing Requirement: Not required but recommended



The mission of the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is to minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States, its citizens, and partner nations by providing effective foreign assistance and fostering global cooperation. This mission, which centers on helping our partner nations establish a capable and accountable criminal justice sector, was expanded during the past decade to include stabilizing post-conflict societies through criminal justice sector development and reform. This mission supports peace and security by stabilizing and strengthening security institutions and by combating narco-trafficking and other transnational crimes such as money laundering and criminal gangs. It promotes just and democratic governments by strengthening justice sector institutions, good governance and respect for human rights.

INL combines forces with other USG and international agencies and takes a regional approach to widespread problems. INL also encourages more developed governments to take responsibility as equal partners in global efforts to combat transnational crime, include drug trafficking. The Bureau’s priority programs support three inter-related objectives:

  • BUILDING CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS: Institutionalize rule of law by developing and expanding criminal justice systems to strengthen partner country law enforcement and judicial effectiveness, foster cooperation in legal affairs, and advance respect for human rights;
  • COUNTER-NARCOTICS: Disrupt the overseas production and trafficking of illicit drugs through targeted counter-narcotics and institution-building assistance and coordination with foreign nations and international organizations, and;
  • TRANSNATIONAL CRIME: Minimize the impact of transnational crime and criminal networks on the U.S. and its allies through enhanced international cooperation and foreign assistance.



The United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is seeking applications from qualified Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Educational Institutions, and other qualified organizations for a Grant to implement a program entitled “Countering Wildlife Trafficking in West Africa.” The authority for this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is found in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.

Pursuant to 2 CFR 200.400g, it is U.S. Department of State policy not to award profit under assistance instruments. All reasonable, allocable, and allowable expenses, however, both direct and indirect, which are related to the agreement program and are in accordance with applicable cost standards (2 CFR 200 for U.S. and overseas-based non-profit organizations, and universities), may be paid under the grant agreement. NOTE: Overseas-based nonprofit organizations are legally required to comply with the 2 CFR 200.

Subject to the availability of funds and pending Department of State management approvals, INL intends to issue awards in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000 in total funding. The U.S. dollar amount will be funded from INL allocated funds, for an initial program period of up to two (2) years. INL may award up to two (2) additional years contingent on INL priorities, good performance of the recipient, Department of State management approvals, and funding availability. INL reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted and will determine the resulting level of funding for the award.

Eligible organizations interested in submitting an application are encouraged to read this NOFO thoroughly to understand the type of program sought and the application submission requirements and evaluation process.

 To be eligible for an award, the applicant must submit all required information and documents in its application through including the requirements found in any attachments to this funding opportunity.


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