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Coral Reef Conservation Fund

Grants to USA and International Individuals, Nonprofits,
and Agencies for Projects to Protect Coral Reefs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

05/09/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants starting at $40,000 to USA and International organizations, individuals, and agencies for projects to improve the health of coral reefs and their related ecosystems worldwide. Funding is intended for projects that mitigate the factors that are damaging coral reefs in order to protect and conserve this important natural resource.

Key conservation strategies for coral reefs include:

- ​Reducing primary threats such as land-based sources of pollution from agricultural runoff, sewage outfall, and erosion from bare soils, and reducing functional reef species through unsustainable harvest
- Increasing the use of measurable goals, objectives and coral health thresholds in management planning
- Increasing the management effectiveness of Marine Protected Area networks through management training and community engagement

Program Priorities:
See page 1 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185383

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Average grant awards will range from $40,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects should be 12-18 months in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include all persons, organizations, and non-U.S. Federal agencies, including parties within and outside of the United States.

Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies.

Domestic/U.S. Jurisdictions: Program Priorities I-III include tropical coral reefs in Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Puerto Rico, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Priority will be given to watersheds and associated coral reefs that have been designated as priorities by the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force.

International: Program Priority IV includes international projects to increase management capacity. Priority will be given to activities and geographies listed in this section; however, all international tropical coral reef locations are eligible.

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-Application Information:

- Pre-Propo​s​al Due Date​: March 7, 2019, 11:59 PM, ET
​​​- Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: ​April, 2019
​- Full Proposal Due Date​: May 9, 2019, 11:59 PM, ET
​​- Review Period​: June-August, 2019
- Awards Announced​: September, 2019

Matching funds from non-U.S. Federal sources are required at a 1:1 ratio for all proposed projects. Matching Contributions consist of cash, contributed goods and services, volunteer hours, and/or property raised and spent for the Project during the Period of Performance. Larger match ratios and matching fund contributions from a diversity of partners are encouraged and will be more competitive during application review.

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; however, NOAA employees are not permitted to assist in the preparation of applications or write letters of support for any application. If NOAA employees will be a collaborator on a project, they may provide a statement verifying that they are collaborating with the project applicant, confirming the degree and nature of the collaboration, and acknowledging the utility of the proposed work.

Award payments are primarily reimbursable. A request of an advance of funds must be due to an imminent need of expenditure and must detail how the funds will be used and provide justification and a timeline for expected disbursement of these funds.


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Contact Information:

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

Register and Apply Online:

Michelle Pico

1133 Fifteenth St., N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

Tel: 202-857-0166
Fax: 202-857-0162

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida;   Hawaii

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

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.