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Educational Insititutions for Projects to Protect Coral Reefs

Coral Reef Conservation Fund

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

05/12/21 11:59 PM ET


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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.

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 directly implement projects in the following priority categories for reefs associated with the priority geographies above. 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.

Priority Categories:

  • Threat Reduction to Priority Reef Sites
    • Establish Water Quality Targets
    • Reduce land-based pollution inputs to coral reef tracts
    • Increase fish stocks of key species along priority reef tracts
  • Coral Reef Restoration Coral Reef Restoration
    • Increase Capacity for Coral Restoration at Scale
    • Support Out-planting Success
  • Increase Management Capacity in Coral Conservation

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GrantWatch ID#: 185383

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Average grant awards will range from $60,000 to $250,000, however there is no maximum or minimum requirement.

Term of Contract:

Projects should be 12-24 months in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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

Coral Reef Conservation Fund Applicant Orientation Webinar: 12/17/2020, 1:00 PM, Eastern Time

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Pre-Application Information:

- Orientation Webinar: 12/17/2020, 1:00 PM, Eastern Time
- Pre-Proposal Due Date: 2/1/2021, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
- Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: 3/5/2021
- Full Proposal Due Date: 4/12/2021, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
- Review Period: May-July, 2020
- Awards Announced: August, 2020

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program staff are available and encouraged to provide general information on programmatic goals and objectives, ongoing coral reef conservation programs/activities, and regional funding priorities.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida;   Hawaii

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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