US Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Ocean Service (NOS)
12/04/19 11:59 PM ET Postmarked, Delivered, or Electronic Receipt
Grants starting at $50,000 to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, IHEs, and government agencies for locally-driven marine debris assessment, removal, and prevention projects. Applicants must first submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Required registrations for the final application process may take several weeks to complete.
The NOAA Marine Debris Program, authorized in the Marine Debris Act, codified at 33 U.S.C. § 1951 et seq., supports the development and implementation of locally-driven, marine debris prevention, assessment, and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources. Projects awarded through this grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological benefits and habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources 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 effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution and impacts.
The highest program priorities for this solicitation are the detection and removal of derelict fishing gear and the removal of medium- to large-scale marine debris that have a negative impact on NOAA trust resources and important habitat areas. Derelict fishing gear includes, but is not limited to, such items as abandoned crab or lobster pots/traps, fishing nets, and synthetic (e.g., monofilament, polypropylene) line. Medium and large-scale debris are items that generally cannot be manually removed by an individual. Such projects must comply with applicable federal and state laws regarding handling and ownership.
Other priority activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
For more information on program priorities, see pages 4-7 of the Full Announcement document in Attached Files below.
GrantWatch ID#: 148236
The NOAA MDP anticipates that between 8 and 15 awards will be made under this solicitation.
The NOAA MDP does not plan to fund proposals for removal activities at less than $50,000 or more than $250,000 under this solicitation. The typical funding level for the federal share of project awards ranges from $50,000 to $150,000.
For projects that include habitat recovery monitoring activities, applicants may request additional funds not to exceed $100,000 for such activities, for a project of up to $350,000. In such cases the NOAA MDP would work with successful applicants to determine final levels of monitoring effort and funding.
Applications should cover a project period of performance of no more than two years in duration. If 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 as long as there is reasonable justification provided. The earliest anticipated start date for awards will be September 1, 2020 – 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.
LOIs must be submitted as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 pm EDT on September 4, 2019. Please put “FY2020 Marine Debris Removal Letter of Intent (LOI)” in the email subject heading. Do not direct questions to this email address.
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