The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s International Affairs


Organizational profile:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is an agency of the United States Federal Government within the United States Department of the Interior dedicated to the management of fish, wildlife, and natural habitats. The Service’s International Affairs program coordinates domestic and international efforts to protect, restore, and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife and their habitats with a focus on species of international concern. The Service has international responsibilities under some 40 treaties and U.S. laws and regulations. Located within International Affairs, the Wildlife Without Borders program and the International Wildlife Trade program promote conservation across the globe. The programs work with private citizens, local communities, other Federal and State agencies and foreign governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, scientific and conservation organizations, industry groups and other interested parties to ensure the effective implementation of treaties and laws, and the global conservation of species.

International Affairs envisions a world where all people value nature and conserve living resources for the well-being of life on Earth. Working with partners around the world to conserve species and their ecosystems, International Affairs:

  • Administers an extensive grant program supporting human and institutional capacity building and conservation research
  • Provides technical assistance to wildlife managers in other countries
  • Helps to conserve species at risk through the regulation of international trade
  • Works closely with States and Native American tribes to help ensure the conservation of U.S. species in international trade


Financing Instruments: Grants


Project scale: 

  • African Elephant Conservation Fund: $100,000 - $400,000
  • Latin America: $100,000 - $200,000
  • Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund: $50,000 - $500,000 (Asia); $0 - $500,000 (Africa)
  • Great Ape Conservation Fund: $50,000 - $500,000 (Asia); $50,000 - $450,000 (Africa)
  • Asian Elephant Conservation Fund: $50,000 - $500,000


Recipient countries regions/country groups: Global


Recipient categories:
Applicants can be individuals; multi-national secretariats; government agencies; non-profit non-governmental organizations; for-profit organizations; public and private institutions of higher education.


Eligibility Criteria: N/A

Application guidelines: 

  • Each grant program has a different Notice of Funding Availability and grants application deadline. Please check the International Affairs website for any updates.
  • Applicants must submit the appropriate Standard Form (SF)-424, Application for Federal Assistance, which is available on
  • Applicants also need to provide the International Affairs with their project summary, project narrative, project timetable, stakeholder coordination/involvement, project monitoring and evaluation, budget narrative, Government Letter of Endorsement (for projects implemented outside the United States, non-governmental applicants must include a recent letter of support (no older than two years) from the appropriate local, regional, or national government wildlife or conservation authority), etc.

Please contact the program the applicant is interested in for any inquiries or questions:

Publication Date
Friday, 01 April 2022
Applicable location
Forest conservation and management
Forest landscape restoration
Biodiversity conservation
Climate change
Financing opportunities