African Elephant Conservation Fund: Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Protecting and Conserving African Elephant Priority Populations Funding Opportunity provides support to projects that deliver measurable conservation results for African forest and savanna elephants across the continent’s 37 elephant range states. Administered by the Service’s Africa Branch, the African Elephant Conservation Fund Program provides financial and technical assistance in support of projects that will enhance sustainable conservation programs to ensure effective, long-term conservation of African elephants. 


The goal of the Service’s Protecting and Conserving African Elephant Priority Populations Funding Opportunity is to ensure healthy African elephant populations in the wild, while improving pathways for human-elephant coexistence. The proposed projects should address one or more of the following objectives listed below:

  1. Habitat protection for and conservation of African elephant priority populations,
  2. Improving conservation governance and human well-being in landscapes housing elephant priority populations, and
  3. greater partner connectivity and conservation capacity in African elephant range states.


This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) targets priority populations of African forest and savanna elephants, including elephant population strongholds, ecologically or evolutionarily unique populations, and populations under immediate threat (see full NOFO for definitions). Additional information on desired results and allowable activities is further defined in the NOFO.

The African Elephant Conservation Fund Program will fund approximately 15 projects. As indicated in the NOFO, funding allocation ranges between $200,000 and $1,250,000, to be spent over two to five years. The expected award date is May 01, 2024.


Applicants may be multi-national secretariats, U.S. and foreign non-profits, non-governmental organizations, community and Indigenous organizations, and U.S. and foreign public and private institutions of higher education.


See the NOFO and sample budget table   for full details on the application requirements and process. The NOFO should be read carefully to ensure an application meets all eligibility requirements and is complete upon submission.

Applications may be submitted electronically between September 27, 2023 and 11:59 PM EST, November 27, 2023 through, or alternatively through Applicants who are unable to submit applications through those channels may seek a waiver.

Please send any queries to 

PROPOSALS DUE BY 11:59PM EST, November 27, 2023

Related Resources & Information

Full details: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) 

Apply through (search for funding opportunity number F24AS00060) or 

More Information: African Elephant Conservation Fund - FY24 NOFO FAQs