[Coral-List] 2016 Funding Announcement - NOAA Domestic (US) Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program

Liz Fairey - NOAA Federal liz.fairey at noaa.gov
Thu Oct 15 11:39:01 EDT 2015

The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program announces the Domestic (United
States) Coral Reef Conservation Grants competition for Fiscal Year 2016.

Who: This competitive program provides funding to institutions of higher
education, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and local
and Indian tribal government agencies to support coral reef conservation
projects in the United States, as authorized under the Coral Reef
Conservation Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. §§ 6401-6409).

Where: 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 Islands, but these locations are not considered geographic
priorities under this announcement.

Program Priorities: 1) Fishing Impacts; 2) Land-Based Sources of Pollution;
3) Climate Change; and 4) Local and Emerging Management Issues (coral
disease, invasive species, ornamental trade, and endangered species). 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-

..gov/aboutcrcp/strategy/currentgoals/resources/3threats_go.pdf; still
current) and/or the relevant Jurisdictional Coral Reef Management

..gov/aboutcrcp/strategy/reprioritization/managementpriorities) developed
for each of the seven states and territories.

Funding Amount: Applicants may propose projects that include a Federal
funding amount between $30,000 and $80,000; the average Federal funding
amount for successful projects will be approximately $50,000. Applicants
must provide a 1:1 match of non-Federal funds or must submit a request to
NOAA to waive the matching requirement if the applicant can demonstrate 1)  no
reasonable means are available through which an applicant can meet the
matching requirement, and 2) the probable benefit of the project outweighs
the public interest in such matching requirement.

How: Applicants should apply through www.grants.gov; however, applicants
unable to use www.grants.gov may mail a complete application package
including the required Federal forms, which must be signed by hand and
dated. All applications should follow the specific application requirements
described in the full Federal funding opportunity announcement.

When: Applications must be submitted via www.grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern
Standard Time on January 6, 2016. If submitted via mail, applications must
include an official postmark or a delivery service that provides a tracking
number and receipt, documenting that the application was mailed prior to
the January 6, 2016 deadline. Private metered postmarks are not acceptable.
In any event, mailed applications received more than 10 business days
following the closing date will not be accepted.

Interested applicants may obtain the full Federal Funding Opportunity
announcement by visiting www.grants.gov, clicking on the “Search Grants,
tab” and searching by funding opportunity number (NOAA-NOS-OCM-2016-2004574)
or by CFDA number (11.482).

If you need further information, please contact me (liz.fairey at noaa.gov).
Liz Fairey
NMFS Office of Habitat Conservation
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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