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Grants to Florida, Hawaii, and Territories Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational Institutions for Projects to Protect Coral Reefs

Coral Reef Conservation Fund

GrantWatch ID# 185383
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA: FloridaHawaii
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/09/23
Deadline: 04/20/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Florida, Hawaii, and USA territories nonprofit organizations, agencies, educational institutions, and tribal entities for projects to protect and restore coral reefs. Applicants are required to submit a pre-proposal prior to submitting a full proposal. Priority project categories include threat reduction, restoration, and increase of management capacity in coral conservation. Projects proposing work in any U.S. coral jurisdictions (American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands) are eligible to apply.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will award grants to improve the health of coral reef systems. Grants will be awarded to reduce land-based sources of pollution, advance coral reef fisheries management, increase capacity for reef-scale restoration, and to support management in their efforts to increase the natural recovery and resiliency of coral reef systems.

The most competitive applications under this funding opportunity will work directly with local coral reef managers to implement priority projects in the following categories for reefs associated with the priority geographies. Coral reef conservation projects that either fall outside of or only indirectly address these priority categories or geographies are still eligible for funding but are considered lower priority than those with a direct nexus. 

Program Priorities:

  1. Threat Reduction to Priority Reef Sites: Projects under this category will support implementation of activities identified in watershed management plans, marine protected area plans or fisheries management plans with an increased priority for activities that benefit reefs at the eligible locations.
  2. Coral Reef Restoration: Projects under this category will help jurisdictions prepare to implement coral reef restoration projects at scale. 
  3. Increase Management Capacity in Coral Conservation: The Coral Reef Conservation prioritizes applied research that responds to needs identified by jurisdictional coral reef managers. Projects under this category will work with a specific management partner to fill a critical gap in coral conservation to directly support a management decision.

For more information on program priorities, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal governments and organizations, and educational institutions, including parties within and outside of the United States.

Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies and for-profit entities.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
- Federal funds and matching contributions may not be used to procure or obtain equipment, services, or systems (including entering into or renewing a contract) that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or - ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities) as a substantial or essential component, or as critical technology of any system. Refer to Public Law 115-232, section 889 for additional information.
- 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.

NOAA employee activities, including travel and salaries, are not allowable costs.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Pre-Proposals Webinar: Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time

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Pre-Application Information
- Pre-Proposals Webinar: Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time
- Pre-Proposal Due Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: Early March
- Full Proposal Webinar by Invite Only: March 2023, details in invitation email
- Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Review Period: May-July, 2023
- Awards Announced: August, 2023

Matching funds from non-U.S. Federal cash or in-kind sources are required at a 1:1 ratio for most projects.

Webinar recording:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Average grant awards will range from $80,000 to $400,000, however there is no maximum or minimum requirement.

Term of Contract
Projects should be 6 months to 3 years in duration.

Contact Information
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