NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
This competitive program provides funding via grants or cooperative agreements to institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and local and Indian tribal government agencies to support coral reef conservation projects in the United States, as authorized under the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. §§ 6401-6409).
These awards are intended to support coral reef conservation projects in shallow water coral reef ecosystems, including reefs at mesophotic depths, in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and coral-dominated banks in U.S. portions of the Gulf of Mexico. Applicants may propose projects in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands, but the Coral Reef Conservation Program does not consider these locations as priorities under this announcement.
Priorities fall within five major categories: 1) Improve Fisheries Sustainability; 2) Reduce Land-Based Sources of Pollution; 3) Increase Resilience to Climate Change; 4) Restore Viable Coral Populations; and 5) Local and Emerging Management Needs. These categories are described in more detail in the full Federal Funding Opportunity announcement. Applications should address CRCP’s national priorities or the jurisdictional priorities as described in the five categories.
Applicants should submit complete applications via www.grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on January 29, 2019.