US Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Office of Response and Restoration
01/14/22 11:59 PM ET
Cooperative agreements to USA and territories agencies, nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and for-profits for the assessment, prevention, and removal of waste and debris in marine environments. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. The NOAA Marine Debris Program supports the development and implementation of locally-driven, marine debris assessment, removal and prevention projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and marine and Great Lake resources.
Projects awarded through this grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological benefits and habitat improvements through on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, with highest priority for those targeting derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris. Projects should also foster awareness of the sources and effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution and impacts, and work to prevent marine debris reaccumulation. Projects awarded through this competition may be implemented throughout all United States coastal, marine, and Great Lakes areas; the coastal and marine areas of United States territories and Freely Associated States, or; within coastal areas of Mexico or Canada as long as benefits to United States resources, navigation or economy can be clearly demonstrated.
Marine debris removal is the most direct approach to restoring damaged or depleted habitat and mitigating any future impacts. Another principal objective of the Marine Debris Program is engaging the public to promote the long-term prevention of marine debris. NOAA supports this objective through education and outreach projects that provide the knowledge and resources necessary to change behaviors and raise awareness of the issue. In conjunction with all removal efforts, NOAA encourages such activities to be integrated into the project to maximize the long term impact of a removal project. NOAA also encourages partnerships with relevant groups to this end. These may include partnerships with public and nonprofit organizations, citizen and watershed groups, anglers, boaters, industry (e.g. the commercial fishing industry, the aquaculture industry, fishing gear manufacturers, other marine industries, and the plastics and waste management industries), corporations and businesses, youth conservation corps, students, landowners, academics, and local, state, and federal government agencies.
To better achieve these program objectives, the NOAA Marine Debris Program encourages applicants and awardees to support the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion when writing their proposals and performing their work.
For funding priorities, see page 6 of the NOFO. See Attached Files below.
Allowable Costs can be found on page 27 of the NOFO.
GrantWatch ID#: 148236
Expected Number of Awards: 15
- Award Ceiling: $750,000
- Award Floor: $50,000
The typical funding level for the federal share of project awards ranges from $150,000 to $350,000.
Applications should cover a project period of performance of no more than two years in duration. If habitat recovery monitoring activities are proposed to be conducted before or following removal, NOAA may consider applications with a period of performance of up to three years total as long as there is reasonable justification provided. The earliest anticipated start date for awards will be September 1, 2022 – applicants should consider this date when developing plans for initiating proposed project activities.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Email LOI to email@example.com.
The Responsible NOAA MDP Official for questions regarding this guidance and for verifying accessibility of data produced by funding recipients:
Management and Program Analyst
NOAA Marine Debris Program
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