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2018 Pacific Islands Region Marine Education and Training (MET) Mini-Grant Program

Grants to Hawaii and Multiple USA Territories Nonprofits,
For-Profits, IHEs, Individuals to Promote Marine Resources

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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

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02/21/18 5:00 PM HST


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and North Mariana Islands nonprofits, for-profits, IHEs, government agencies, and individuals to promote knowledge about marine resources and related issues. Projects will improve education, training, and communication on marine resource issues throughout the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management region and increase scientific education for marine-related professions among coastal community residents, including indigenous Pacific islanders, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented groups in the region.

Program Objective:

NOAA/NMFS is soliciting competitive proposals for grants and cooperative agreements that will increase the sustainability, viability, and visibility of fishing and marine resource issues and communities in the Pacific Islands Region (PIR). Projects should prepare communities for employment in marine related professions, increase seafood and fishing safety, marketing, or management; or increase the sustainability of fishing practices through technology improvements or data collection. All projects must be developed with and identify beneficial and appropriate partnerships. These partnerships may include various government agencies (at all levels), non-governmental community organizations (NGO’s), traditional and local knowledge practitioners, researchers, or industry. All projects must include partnerships that contribute to the success of the project and build on, or expand relationships in the fishing and marine community.

Program Priorities:

All projects, regardless of priority, must leverage and develop effective partnerships. These partnerships may include: government agencies (island, local, state, or federal), non- governmental community organizations (NGO’s), local and traditional knowledge practitioners, researchers, academic institutions, and industry. The partnerships should contribute to the success of the project and build on, or expand relationships in the fishing and marine community. In addition, projects may leverage NOAA's existing partnership efforts including: Habitat Blueprint priority areas, Sentinel Sites, other previous funded MET projects, and coral reef conservation programs that target sites of high risk from major threats. Projects are also encouraged to be placed-based and community-driven, as appropriate.

Projects must improve communication, education, and training on marine resource issues throughout the region and increase scientific education for marine-related professions among coastal community residents. Projects must fall into one or more of the following priorities, which are listed in no particular rank order of preference (i.e., no one factor carrying a higher priority than any another). If a project meets more than one of the listed priorities, the applicant should list first the priority that most closely reflects the objectives of the proposed project. Other priorities addressed in proposals should then be listed as applicable.

1. Marine Science and Technology: Education and training projects that are focused on preparing community residents for employment in marine related professions, including marine resource conservation and management, marine science, marine technology, and maritime operations.

2. Fisheries and Seafood-related Training: Projects addressing fishery observation, seafood safety and seafood marketing, focused on increasing the involvement of coastal community residents in fishing, fishery management, and seafood-related operations.

3. Outreach: Projects to educate and inform consumers about the quality and sustainability of wild fish or fish products farmed through responsible aquaculture in Hawaii; Projects that promote community education and outreach related to safe fishing and boating practices.

4. Technology: Projects that, with the fishing industry, not only identify methods and technologies that will improve the data collection, quality, and reporting, but also increase the sustainability of fishing practices, and ultimately transfer such methods and technologies among fisheries sectors and to other nations in the Western, Northern and Central Pacific.

5. Local and Traditional Knowledge: Projects that enhance science-based management of fishery resources of the region though local and traditional knowledge, including Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian knowledge.

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GrantWatch ID#: 150645

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 8-10 awards are anticipated to be granted for FY 2018 under this competition.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposals in excess of $15,000 are unlikely to be funded.

Term of Contract:

The project budget period is recommended to be 12 months in duration. September 1, 2018 is the earliest recommended start date to be used on proposals, unless otherwise directed by the NOAA Program Officer.

Applications for renewal or supplementation of existing projects are eligible to compete. If an application is selected for initial funding, NOAA/NMFS has no obligation to provide additional funding in connection with that award in subsequent years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are individuals, institutions of higher education, nonprofits, commercial organizations, state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies and instrumentalities, including their employees, are not eligible to apply. Eligible applicants are limited to projects within the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management areas.

Funding Restrictions:

The NOAA MET Program will not consider expenses associated with fees, fund-raising activities, travel for activities not directly related to project implementation, travel or salaries for Federal employees, or profit as allowable costs in the proposed budget. The total costs of a project consist of all allowable costs incurred in accomplishing project activities during the project period. Project costs can only include support for activities conducted between the effective start date and end date of the award, and cannot include activities undertaken either before or after the agreed upon dates. Applicants will not be reimbursed for time expended or costs incurred in developing a project or in preparing an application, or in any discussions or negotiations with the agency prior to the award. Such expenditures may not be considered as part of the applicant's cost share or matching contribution.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications and funded projects must provide matching contributions of at least 50% of the federal share (2:1 ratio of federal to non-federal). For example, if a project is requesting $15,000 in federal funds, $7,500 in non-federal funds must be provided by the applicant. Non-federal share may be provided as cash or in-kind contributions from the applicant or key program partners.

When developing your application submission timeline, please keep in mind that you are encouraged to apply through the website. This electronic submission system is relatively complex for first time users and involves several preliminary registrations to be completed before your application can be submitted (2-4 weeks).

All Applicant Organizations (optional for Individual Applicants) must be issued a DUNS number.

All Applicant Organizations (optional for Individual Applicants) must complete and maintain an active registration. New registrations take an average of fourteen (14) business days. The renewal process may require as much time as the initial registration. SAM registration includes the assignment of a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code for domestic organizations which have not already been assigned a CAGE Code.

Proposals must be received by, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by 5:00 PM, Hawaii Standard Time, on February 21, 2018. Use of is preferred. If cannot reasonably be used, use of U.S. mail or another delivery service must be documented with a receipt; private metered postmarks are not acceptable. Postmarked applications received more than 5 business days following the closing date will not be accepted. No facsimile or electronic mail applications will be accepted.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Ms. Penny Larin
(808) 725-5057

NOAA Fisheries Service
Pacific Islands Regional Office
1845 Wasp Blvd, Building 176
Honolulu, HI 96818

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USA: Hawaii

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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