[CDHC] FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT: 2012 NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grants

Cheryl Woodley Cheryl.Woodley at noaa.gov
Wed Sep 7 10:58:11 EDT 2011

Dear Coral List Members
I want to make you aware of a NOAA funding opportunity for shallow water 
Below is a summary of the priorities:

For details on this opportunity, please refer to the full Federal 
Funding Opportunity announcement found at 
http://www.grants.gov/search/basic.do. Search for Funding Opportunity 
Number NOAA-NOS-OCRM-2012-2003014 or CFDA Number 11.482.

Pre-applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., U.S. Eastern Standard 
Time, on November 1, 2011, preferably through www.grants.gov.

The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program, as authorized under the 
Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, provides matching grants of 
financial assistance through the Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grant 
program to institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, 
commercial organizations, and local and Indian tribal government 
agencies. These awards are intended to support coral reef conservation 
projects in shallow water coral reef ecosystems, including reefs at 
mesophotic depths, in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin 
Islands, and coral-dominated banks in U.S. portions of the Gulf of 
Mexico. Projects may be proposed in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands 
and the U.S. Pacific Remote Island Areas (PRIA), but these locations are 
not considered geographic priorities under this announcement.

Proposals submitted to this competition must address at least one of the 
following four categories: 1) Fishing Impacts; 2) Land-Based Sources of 
Pollution; 3) Climate Change; and 4) Local and Emerging Management 
Issues. These categories are described in more detail in the full 
Federal Funding Opportunity announcement. All proposed work should be 
consistent with the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) National 
Goals and Objectives 2010-2015 
and/or the relevant Jurisdictional Coral Reef Management Priorities
developed for each of the seven states and territories. Proposals 
selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented 
through a grant.

Institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, commercial 
organizations, and local and Indian tribal government agencies are 
eligible to apply for funding under this funding category. U.S. federal, 
state, territory, and commonwealth governments and Regional Fishery 
Management Councils are not eligible to apply under this funding category.

Approximately $500,000 is expected to be available for this competition 
in FY 2012. Funding will be divided among the U.S. Pacific and Atlantic 
regions to maintain the geographic balance of the Grant Program overall, 
as required by the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000. NOAA will not 
accept proposals with a budget under $30,000 or over $100,000 under this 
solicitation. It is expected that the average award size will be $50,000.

Coral conservation projects funded under this program require a 1:1 
match. Matching funds must be from non-Federal sources and can include 
in-kind contributions and other non-cash support. Please refer to 
section III.B. Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement of the FFO for 
information on match waiver request requirements.

FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS WRITE TO: Jenny.Waddell at noaa.gov

Cheryl Woodley, Ph.D.
Coral Health and Disease Program

Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research
Hollings Marine Laboratory
331 Fort Johnson Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
843.762.8862 Phone
843.762.8737 Fax
cheryl.woodley at noaa.gov

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