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Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and Individuals
in Multiple States to Remove Derelict Fishing Gear

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

04/25/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants starting at $30,000 to Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, educational institutions, tribes, and individuals to address the impact of derelict fishing gear on priority coastal and marine environments. Funding is intended for removal efforts and innovation in gear technology to reduce the loss of gear at sea and the impacts of lost gear on threatened and endangered marine wildlife and the habitats they depend on.

Grants will target areas in U.S. coastal waters with a priority for areas that have been identified and prioritized for derelict fishing gear prevention, reduction, and gear technology innovation in state or regional plans, such as state marine debris action plans or as part of species or habitat conservation plans. Priority locations include, the Gulf of Maine in areas that are identified as priority for northern right whales, the Chesapeake Bay with targeted benefits to blue crab, the Puget Sound to benefit killer whales and Chinook salmon, and in Hawaii within the borders of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

For Program Priorities, please see the RFP in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154546

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The majority of awards under this program will fall in the range of $30,000 - $300,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations, state or territorial government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, commercial (for profit) organizations, or unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible applicants include federal agencies or employees of federal agencies, foreign organizations and foreign public entities. Interested federal agencies may collaborate with eligible applicants but may not receive funds through this competition. All projects must take place within the United States or territories or their respective waterways.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
- NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be an applicant webinar on April 10, 2019, 12:30 - 1:30 PM, Eastern.

Webinar Registration:

Pre-Application Information:

- Applicant Webinar: ​April 10, 2019, 12:30-1:30 PM, Eastern
​- Full Proposal Due Date: ​April 25, 2019, 11:59 PM, Eastern
- Awards Announced​: ​Late August, 2019

Non-federal matching funds are not required, but are strongly encouraged and likely to impact competitiveness of the proposal.

Award payments are primarily reimbursable.

Applicant Information:

Applicant FAQ:

State Marine Debris Action Plans:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kaity Goldsmith, Manager Marine Conservation

1133 Fifteenth St NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii;   Maine;   Maryland;   Virginia;   Washington