Combating Wildlife Trafficking in Sub-Saharan Africa

Funding Agency:
Department of State

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 Grants to implement a program entitled “Combating Wildlife Trafficking in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Applications for activities in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, or Zambia will be reviewed. The authority for this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is found in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended. 

Subject to the availability of funds, INL intends to issue multiple awards for applications with activities separately benefiting Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, or Zambia in an amount not to exceed $5,000,000 in total funding. The U.S. Dollar amount will be funded from INL-allocated funds, for an initial project period of two (2) years. INL may award up to two (2) additional years contingent on INL priorities, good performance of the recipient, 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.

To advance U.S. objectives, INL aims to achieve specific goals to reduce the poaching and trafficking of wildlife through effective programming at the national, regional, and international levels in key source and transit locations in Africa.

INL leverages its unique foreign assistance authorities to contribute to the global fight against wildlife trafficking. INL will support work that builds investigative and enforcement capacity, strengthens legislative frameworks, provides judicial and prosecutorial assistance, and develop capacity for cross-border law enforcement cooperation. For example, activities may include training, mentoring, and possibly the provision of non-lethal equipment for park rangers, police, prosecutors, other relevant officials and, where applicable, non-governmental and civil society entities to address the multi-faceted dimensions of poaching and wildlife trafficking.

To support further progress in sub-Saharan Africa, the U.S. Department of State has allocated $5,000,000.00 in FY 2016 International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement (INCLE) Funds to strengthen capacity in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, or Zambia to combat wildlife trafficking. 

INL seeks to support combating wildlife trafficking projects where activities are based in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia that will (1) strengthen legislative frameworks (2) build investigative and enforcement capacity (3) enhance prosecutorial and judicial capacity, and (4) support the Wildlife Enforcement Networks for Southern Africa (WENSA). Applications may encompass any or all of the targets.

Deadline: Aug. 4, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants that qualify to receive U.S. grants (such as U.S. not-for-profit/nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or U.S. based educational institutions subject to section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code; foreign not-for-profits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or foreign based educational institutions, with the ability to develop and successfully implement a project in the country in which programming will take place and meet INL’s reporting requirements. Organizations must also be able to demonstrate current (or pending) country registration in the country they choose to work; Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, or Zambia if required by the country of project implementation. 



Amount Description

Award Ceiling: $1,500,000

Award Floor: $300,000 

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

August 4, 2017