Grants Program

Women transporting smoked fish in a canoe over the Fresco river from the fishing island for sale in the Fresco town

The WA BiCC Grants Program is a Grant under Contract program to support WA BiCC project objectives by adding value to prior or ongoing activities of partners. The WA BiCC Grants Program is designed to build the capacity of WA BiCC’s core regional partner institutions and local organizations to improve conservation across West Africa.

The program will use a multifaceted approach that issues:

  • Grants aligned with WA BiCC program objectives;
  • Transition grants that build the capacity of organizations to improve their ability to receive direct USAID-funding; and
  • Grants that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships.


Goal and Objectives

WA BiCC aims to improve conservation and climate-resilient, low emission growth across West Africa. The program addresses direct and indirect drivers of natural resource degradation to improve livelihoods and natural ecosystems across the region. WA BiCC makes regional impact by focusing on five learning landscapes within the region and sharing best practices that improve governance, policy and practices related to critical natural and human systems for application across the region.

By working with regional partners, national, and sub-national actors, WA BiCC will enhance the capacity of institutions to strengthen systems that improve natural resource management and the resilience of selected coastal and upland forest ecosystems.

All activities will be implemented to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Combat wildlife trafficking through the revision and operationalization of national and regional policies, laws, and regulations. The project will strengthen multi-level networks and institutions by building their capacity to enforce trafficking laws. National Action Plans and community communication campaigns will be developed to shrink the supply chains of trafficked wildlife.
  2. Improve coastal resilience through integrated planning and capacity strengthening of local, national, and regional frameworks. WA BiCC will build multi-level capacity to generate climate information for coastal planning, support the National Adaptation Planning process, and pilot and scale-up effective coastal adaptation strategies.
  3. Reduce deforestation, degradation, and biodiversity loss in key forests through technical and knowledge management support. WA BiCC will improve capacity to economically plan and develop low emissions development strategies, transboundary conservation strategies, and ways to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation or REDD+. Simultaneously, the project will engage the private sector and support frameworks to integrate best practices to sustainably manage natural resources.

Implementation Modalities for Grants

As a guiding principle, WA BiCC will seek to award grants on a competitive basis, issuing grants that stimulate actions that contribute to program objectives. Grants will be implemented in agreement with WA BiCC contract terms and conditions and USAID’s grants regulations, procedures, and policies.

WA BiCC will issue grants through traditional grant solicitation mechanisms, and award innovative strategies that leverage partnerships and collaboratively address underlying development challenges that the program seeks to address.

Types of Grants

Standard Grants: Grants with complex activities, often requiring international
travel or purchase of equipment above US$5,000. Standard grants are advance-based grants. WA BiCC reimburses grantees upon certification of supporting documentation. There is no ceiling on the amount of award or on the duration. However, the award limit and duration for each standard grant is stated in the Request for Application. Disbursements are based on advance basis.

Fixed Amount Award: Grants with clearly-defined milestones, deliverables, and activities. Payments are made to the grantees based upon acceptable milestone/delivery by WA BiCC. The grant ceiling is US$150,000 for a duration of up to 3 years. Payment is based on accomplishment of milestones.

Simplified Grants: Grants are meant for only direct expenses. No indirect expense are allowed and, as such, these grants do not generally allow for international travel or the procurement of large equipment with a unit cost above US$5,000. There is no limit on the duration. However, the award duration for each simplified grant is stated in the Request for Application. Disbursements are based on cost reimbursable.

In-Kind Grants: Grants used when no funds will be transferred to a grantee. WA BiCC will be responsible for the procurement of all equipment and/ or services required under the grant.

Unsolicited Applications: There may be instances where unsolicited applications are received, in which the applicant submits an application solely on the initiative of the organization or individual and without prior formal or informal solicitation from WA BiCC or Tetra Tech. Although grant awards for unsolicited applications are not the rule, if the applicant demonstrates unique, innovative, or proprietary capacity, and represents appropriate use of USAID funds (consistent with the USAID contract), they may be considered.

Eligible Applicants

WA BiCC may issue grants to the potential recipients outlined below, provided that recipients are legally registered, recognized and operate under the laws of the West African States. Recipient organizations must not be prohibited from receiving United States government funding by US federal regulations. WA BiCC will not award an individual grant that exceeds $100,000 to a US organization.

Entities eligible for WA BiCC grants may include:

  • International, national, regional, and local organizations;
  • US and non-US nongovernmental organizations;
  • Private foundations and universities;
  • Private enterprises or firms (profit is not allowed under USAID grants);
  • Business associations;
  • Civil society organization; and
  • Community-based organizations.

Solicitation platforms

In line with WA BiCC’s grants manual and USAID rules and regulations, solicitations could occur through the following channels: print media, electronic media, new media, missions’ bulletin boards or trade fairs. These channels will be selected based upon solicitation requirements according to the targeted organizations/grantees.