Submit Applications for USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili’s Grants Program (Tanzania)

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Deadline: 2-Feb-22

RTI International (RTI) is now seeking applications for the USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili’s Grants Program to advance conservation interventions only for Kwakuchinja, Amani-Nilo, and Kigosi Moyowosi -Uvinza corridors.

The USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili project is designed to address some of the key drivers and associated threats to improve conservation in Tanzania, particularly in six corridors: Amani-Nilo, Kwakuchinja, Nyerere Selous-Udzungwa, Kigosi Moyowosi-Uvinza, Tarangire-Simanjiro Plains, and Pemba Channel Conservation Area (PECCA).

Thematic Areas
  • Build institutional capacities of both public and private stakeholders: Tanzania requires strong, able government, non-government institutions, civil society institutions, and organizations to effectively manage the country’s natural resources. There should be a purposeful capacity building for all organizations to develop plans, monitor, and measure human and institutional capacity development as well as measure performance. Through this RFA the USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili project will support prospective applicants that work in the following areas:
    • Youth internships
    • Women’s empowerment in biodiversity conservation
  • Increase private sector engagement in biodiversity conservation and NRM: Private sector engagement in conservation is critical to leverage resources and skills for biodiversity conservation. Under this theme, the USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili project will provide technical assistance, catalyze investment, and build the capacity of businesses to align their operations with wildlife corridor, local economic priorities, and land use priorities for conservation and local government authorities’ (LGAs) objectives. USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili will provide grants to local CSOs to support the following activities:
    • Community Conservation Enterprises (CCEs) in areas of connectivity
    • Scale-up of existing and functioning funding models in areas of connectivity
    • Awareness creation to different private sector entities on natural resources-related crimes with a focus on areas of connectivity
  • Improve the policy, regulatory, and enabling environment for biodiversity conservation and NRM: To support the long-term viability of Tanzania’s wildlife and natural resources, the development and application of key policies and legislation are needed to provide the legal basis for promoting decision making and conservation of biodiversity. In this theme Tuhifadhi Maliasili will partner with local organizations to support the improvement of the policy framework and the use of data for informed decisions through the following areas:
    • Establishment and operationalization of the Corridor Working Groups
    • Facilitate Land Use Planning in the Prioritized Corridors
    • Awareness raising on corridor importance among communities
    • Conservation education/training in secondary schools
    • Monitoring of animal movement in key wildlife corridors
Funding Information

Pending the availability of funding provided for this purpose by USAID, Tuhifadhi Maliasili anticipates awarding up to $1,000,000 in grants to fund appropriate and eligible applications submitted in response to this announcement:

  • Minimum of eight (8) to ten (10) grants with budgets not exceeding $250,000, to non-governmental, regional or local organizations and to US organizations with budgets not exceeding $100,000, to promote connectivity activities that fall in one or more of the three thematic areas.
Organizations, Individuals, Activities and Costs that will NOT be Funded
  • Ineligible organizations and individuals include:
    • Government entities and employees;
    • Political parties, groupings, or institutions or their subsidiaries and affiliates;
    • Organizations and individuals that advocate, espouse, or promote anti-democratic policies or illegal activities;
    • Faith-based organizations whose objectives are for discriminatory and religious purposes, and whose main objective of the grant is of a religious nature;
    • Any entity and individual whose name appear on the List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Non-procurement Programs.
  • Ineligible activities and purchases include:
    • Any purchases that are not necessary to execute the grant activity, including any grantee headquarter expenses (for organizations) or living expenses (for individuals) that are not directly linked to the implementation of the proposed project;
    • Profit or fee;
    • Fines, penalties, previous obligations or bad debt;
    • Activities that contribute to the destruction, deterioration, or the degradation of natural resources and/or environment;
    • Illegal activities as defined by the host country and/or USAID;
    • Subsidies to organizations that are not legally recognized;
    • Ceremonies, celebrations, parties, gifts or gratuities;
    • Purchases of goods or services restricted or prohibited under U.S. Government source/origin regulations; and
    • Military equipment, police equipment, surveillance equipment, abortion equipment and services, gambling equipment, or climate modifier equipment.

For more information, visit https://www.rti.org/sites/default/files/rfa_01-2020_approved.pdf

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