US Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
12/04/20 11:59 PM EST
Grants to USA and territories agencies, nonprofits, IHEs, and commercial organizations 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, 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 assessment, removal, and prevention 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 sources and 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. Successful proposals through this solicitation will be funded through cooperative agreements.
Marine debris removal is the most direct approach to restoring damaged or depleted habitat and mitigate 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.
For funding priorities, see https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/NOAA-NOS-ORR-2021-2006587%20NOFO%20Report%20%281%29.pdf#page=4.
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, however the exact amount of funds to be awarded and the number of awards made will be at the discretion of NOAA following preaward negotiations with highly meritorious applicants. 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 total 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 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 as long as there is reasonable justification provided. The earliest anticipated start date for awards will be September 1, 2021.
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. Please put "FY2021 Marine Debris Removal Letter of Intent (LOI)" in the email subject heading. Do not direct questions to this email address.
For further information contact Tom Barry (firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-870-2863)
Any technical issues or questions should be addressed to the Grants.gov Helpdesk staff at 1-800-518-4726; email@example.com.
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