USAID: Sustainable Coastal Fisheries Management in Pacific Region
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a Cooperative Agreement from qualified U.S. and Non-U.S. non-profit or for-profit NonGovernmental Organizations (NGOs), and other qualified non-U.S. organizations to implement a project entitled “Sustainable Coastal Fisheries Management.”
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Fisheries sustainability, biodiversity conservation, and maritime security are interconnected development goals in the Pacific region. Overall, this activity will address the drivers that are degrading fisheries and biodiversity, and damaging livelihoods and food security. It will protect fisheries and biodiversity as a significant source of the region’s economic and maritime security with a focus on addressing IUU fishing. This five-year Sustainable Coastal Fisheries Management Activity in the Pacific Region seeks to address the drivers of IUU fishing that are degrading coastal fisheries and biodiversity and negatively impacting local livelihoods and maritime security. While the primary focus is on coastal fisheries, community-driven fisheries management is necessarily linked to broader national-level applications with clear roles and responsibilities between the local level and national government management.
This activity will achieve the following major results:
Improvement of sustainable coastal fisheries management;
Enhancement of monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS) in coastal fisheries; and
Demonstration of sustainable supply chains and private sector partnerships.
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USAID intends to award one (1) Cooperative Agreement pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity.
Subject to funding availability and at the discretion of the Agency, USAID intends to provide not more than $15 million in total USAID funding over a five (5) year period.
USAID partner Pacific Island Countries (PICs) consists of 12 sovereign nations: 1) Federated States of Micronesia (FSM); 2) Fiji; 3) Kiribati; 4) Nauru; 5) Palau; 6) Papua New Guinea (PNG); 7) Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI); 8) Samoa; 9) the Solomon Islands; 10) Tonga; 11) Tuvalu, and 12) Vanuatu.
These PICs are broken down into the three sub-regions of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia1. Given the vast distances and number of countries in the Pacific Region, and for the purposes of this activity, USAID is considering a geographic focus in the sub-regions of Micronesia and Melanesia.
In Micronesia, the countries of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau are of interest; for Melanesia, the countries are Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu are also of interest. These countries all have historic ties to the United States as well as productive fisheries and significant biodiversity.
USAID encourages applications from potential new partners. USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
To be eligible for award of a Cooperative Agreement, in addition to other conditions of this NOFO, organizations must have a commitment to non-discrimination with respect to beneficiaries and adherence to equal opportunity employment practices. Non-discrimination includes equal treatment without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, and political affiliation.
Types of entities eligible to apply for funding under this NOFO:
U.S. and Non-U.S. Non-Profit Organizations: U.S. and non-U.S. private non-profit organizations may apply for funding under this NOFO.
U.S. and Non-U.S. For-Profit Organizations: U.S. and non-U.S. private for-profit organizations may apply for funding under this NOFO. Potential for-profit applicants should note that, in accordance with 2 CFR 200.400(g), the non-Federal entities may not earn or keep any profit resulting from Federal financial assistance. Furthermore, pursuant to 2 CFR 700.13(a)(1), Prohibition against profit: No funds will be paid as profit to any for-profit entity receiving or administering Federal financial assistance as a recipient or sub-recipient.
U.S. and Non-U.S. Colleges and Universities: U.S. and non-U.S. colleges and universities may apply for funding under this NOFO. Please note, however, that this NOFO is focused on addressing the drivers of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Pacific region. This NOFO is not intended to fund academic research.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328977