[Coral-List] November 15 deadline for General Coral Conservation Grants

Andy Bruckner Andy.Bruckner at noaa.gov
Wed Oct 26 15:45:33 EDT 2005

Hello list,

This is a final reminder regarding the 2006 NOAA General Coral Reef
Conservation Grants. Applications must be submitted to
coral.grants at noaa.gov by November 15. A synopsis of the types of
applications accepted, amount of funding, and eligible applicants is
described below. If you would like me to send the full funding
announcement by email, please contact me.



Summary of 2006 NOAA General Coral Reef Conservation Grants:

An opportunity of funding for coral reef projects conducted in the U.S.
and freely associated States through NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation
Grant Program (CRCGP) is now available. The CRCG is accepting
applications for projects that address at least one of the following 7
categories: (a) Monitoring and assessment of coral reefs or reef
resources; (b) Socio-economic assessments and resource valuation; (c)
Marine Protected Areas and associated management activities; (d) Coral
reef fisheries management and enforcement; (e) Coral reef restoration;
(f) Public education and outreach activities; and (h) Local action
strategy projects.. Research activities are eligible only if they
directly relate to management or are listed as a project within a local
action strategy. These categories are described in more detail below.

Initial applications for funding must be received by NOAA before
midnight, Eastern Time, on November 15, 2005.  The full announcement was
published in the Federal government grants website:
http://fedgrants.gov/ on July 1, 2005.

Applicants requesting financial assistance through the General Coral
Reef Conservation Program should submit applications for federal funds
ranging from $15,000-$50,000. These grants require a 1:1 non-federal
match.  The NOAA Administrator may waive all or part of the matching
requirement if the applicant provides full justification for a waiver of
the match in writing. The Administrator must determine that the project
meets the following two requirements:

1. No reasonable means are available through which an applicant can meet
the matching requirement, and
2. The probable benefit of such project outweighs the public interest in
such matching requirement.

Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, non-profit
organizations, commercial organizations, Freely Associated State
government agencies, and local and Indian tribal governments. Activities
must support conservation projects for coral reef ecosystems of the
United States, including our territories and the Freely Associated
States in the Pacific (Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall
Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia).

For each project proposed, the preapplication (this is a full
application without the federal forms) should not exceed 25 pages,
including descriptions of qualification, letters of support and no more
than five pages of other attachments, and should use 12-point font on
letter size paper.

Pre-applications may be submitted by surface mail or e-mail. Submission
by e-mail to coral.grants at noaa.gov is preferred. If submitting by
surface mail, applicants are encouraged to include an electronic copy of
the pre-application or final application on disk or CD. Federal
financial assistance forms are not required to be submitted with the
pre-application. Paper pre-applications must be submitted to: David
Kennedy, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Coordinator, Office of
Response and Restoration, N/ORR, Room 10102, NOAA National Ocean
Service, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Electronic
pre-applications must be submitted to coral.grants at noaa.gov. Fax
submittals will also be accepted for pre-applications (Fax:
301-713-4389). Electronic acceptable formats are limited to Adobe
Acrobat (.PDF), WordPerfect or Microsoft Word files.

The Fiscal Year 2006 Federal Funding Opportunity provides specific
information and details on the eligibility, proposal content, etc., for
each of the seven categories included in this year's funding
announcement. To access the PDF file of this Federal Funding
Opportunity, please access www.fedgrants.gov and search for Federal
Funding Opportunity Number NMFS-HCPO-2006-2000348.

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