Coral Reef NOAA
October 07, 2015  

Funding Opportunities


The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) supports two main categories of competitive funding opportunities that provide Federal funding for coral reef conservation projects. The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program includes four competitive funding programs for awards administered directly by NOAA CRCP. Through a public-private partnership between CRCP and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), NOAA CRCP also awards Federal funding for coral reef conservation projects through the Coral Reef Conservation Fund and the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Partnership Initiative. Please click on the links below to learn more about CRCP funding opportunities. This page also provides links to other NOAA grant programs that may support conservation projects in coral reef areas.

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Funding Opportunities
Other NOAA Funding Opportunities

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Funding Opportunities

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program

Each year, subject to the availability of funds, this program supports grants and cooperative agreements in the following categories: State and Territory Coral Reef Management; State and Territory Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring; Coral Reef Ecosystem Research; Projects to Improve or Amend Coral Reef Fishery Management Plans; Domestic Coral Reef Conservation; and International Coral Reef Conservation. From 2002 to 2014, NOAA has supported over $94.5 million in matching grants through this program. Approximately $8.4 million was awarded in fiscal year 2014 and a similar amount would be anticipated for fiscal year 2015 grants (pending appropriations). Click the links to see a table of grants that were awarded by the CRCP in fiscal years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

CRCP's Public-Private Partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

The Coral Reef Conservation Fund (Fund) is supported through a partnership between NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The Fund, which is administered by NFWF, awards matching grants for projects that conserve coral reefs both in the U.S. and internationally. Project grants awarded through the Coral Reef Conservation Fund are solicited through a competitive process each year; proposals are selected based on merit and relevance to the priorities of the partnership that are listed in the annual 'Request for Proposals'. The FY12 Request for Proposals was announced in October 2011; two-page pre-proposals are due by 11:59pm on December 19, 2011.

NOAA CRCP also partners with NFWF and USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to award competitive funding for projects in specific watersheds adjacent to coral reefs that have been identified as priorities for conservation by State and Territorial coastal managers. In Puerto Rico, the focus of the program has been on the Guanica Watershed, where projects are helping to reduce sedimentation in Guanica Bay and better protect adjacent coral reefs. For more information, please visit NFWF's website.


Other NOAA Funding Opportunities

The NOAA programs listed below support grant programs that may provide funding for coral reef conservation activities.

Marine Debris Program

The Marine Debris Program (MDP) provides funding to catalyze the implementation of locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects that will benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources. Proposals undergo a competitive review, and projects are selected based on their technical merit, level of community involvement, ecological benefits to marine and anadromous fish habitat, and cost-effectiveness. During open announcements, applications are directed to the NOAA Restoration Center through

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science's (NCCOS) Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research/ Coastal Ocean Program funds competitively peer-reviewed research focused on providing scientific information to assist decision-makers in meeting the challenges of managing coastal resources. The program targets critical issues in US estuaries, coastal waters, and the Great Lakes.

Community-based Restoration Program

The objective of the Community-based Restoration Program (CRP) is to bring together citizen groups, corporations and businesses, youth conservation corps, students, landowners, and local government, state and federal agencies to restore fishery habitat around the coastal US. The CRP funds projects directly and through partnerships with national and regional organizations.

Office for Coastal Management-Pacific Islands Region

The Pacific Islands office is committed to promoting coastal sustainability with healthy ecosystems, vibrant economies, and resilient communities through the strategic use of financial assistance such as grants and cooperative agreements.

The Website is the portal for federal grants; all NOAA grants are listed on this site. Use the search function to find available grants by topic.