Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program

Bill Millhouser Bill.Millhouser at
Wed Jan 22 15:34:52 EST 2003

The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) is seeking proposals from a broad array of governmental and
non-governmental entities for projects that promote the conservation of
coral reefs, both in the United States and abroad.  Approximately $5.59
million ($5.24 million from NOAA, $350,000 from the Department of Interior)
may be available through NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program, as
authorized by the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000.

The Act authorizes the Secretary of Commerce, through the NOAA Administrator
and subject to the availability of funds, to issue matching grants of
financial assistance for broad-based coral reef conservation activities,
consistent with the purposes of the Act.  Pursuant to section 6403 of the
Act, which establishes the Coral Reef Conservation (Grant) Program, NOAA
published the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program Implementation
Guidelines (Guidelines) in the Federal Register on April 19, 2002 (67 FR
19396). The Guidelines provide general Program criteria pursuant to that
outlined in the Act and establish that specific funding guidance will be
published once each year.  The Guidelines can be found at

FY 20003 Funding Guidance, which was published in the Federal Register on
January 17, 2003 (68 FR 2513), describes the specific Program categories for
which proposals are being solicited, and their respective eligibility,
evaluation, and selection criteria for both applicants and activities.  The
FY 03 Funding Guidance can be found at

In 2003, NOAA’s Guidance provides instructions on how to apply for funding
under the following categories, each outlined with specific applicant and
activity eligibility criteria:

  State and Territory Coral Reef Ecosystem Management;
  State and Territory Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring;
  Coral Reef Ecosystem Research;
  Projects to Improve or Amend Coral Reef Fishery Management Plans;
  General Coral Reef Conservation; and
  International Coral Reef Conservation

Initial Applications are due to NOAA by March 14, 2003; please see the FY 03
Funding Guidance for specific application requirements.

For general information on NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program,
contact Bill Millhouser at bill.millhouser at

For specific information on the requierments for each category, plese
consult the technical contacts listed on the first page of the FY 03 Funding

For general information on NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, contact
Roger Griffis at roger.b.griffis at

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