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August 29, 2014  

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program



This page provides background information and funding guidance for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program. Background documents and Grant Program Guidance are available for download as pdfs.

Overview
FY14 Federal Funding Opportunities
Background Documents

Overview

Each year, subject to the availability of funds, the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) publishes Federal Funding Opportunities (FFOs) in the Federal Register to solicit proposals for coral reef conservation activities, as authorized by the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 (CRCA).

The CRCA authorizes the Secretary of Commerce, through the NOAA administrator, to issue matching grants of financial assistance for broad-based coral reef conservation activities that are consistent with the purposes of the CRCA. Pursuant to section 6403 of the CRCA, which established the Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program (Grant Program), the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program Implementation Guidelines (pdf, 68 kb) were published in the Federal Register on August 12, 2010 (75 FR 48934).

The Guidelines provide general program criteria pursuant to the CRCA and establish that specific funding guidance will be published annually. Annual guidance, in the form of FFO announcements, provides relevant information— including eligibility, evaluation and selection criteria, and application instructions—for each grant program category.

Between 2002 and 2011, NOAA CRCP awarded nearly $69 million of Federal funding through competitive funding opportunities, including approximately $8.5 million for coral reef conservation projects in fiscal year 2011. Pending Congressional appropriations, NOAA CRCP anticipates making a similar amount of Federal funding available in fiscal year 2012. Details about the competitions, including the level of funding anticipated and matching requirements for each program category, are specified in the respective FY12 FFO (see next section).

To view a table of awards made by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program in previous fiscal years, please click on the following links: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

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FY14 Federal Funding Opportunities

For FY14, the CRCP intends to award new grants and cooperative agreements in the three program categories listed below. Applicants wishing to apply to either program are strongly encouraged to review the associated full Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement carefully; the full FFOs are available at www.grants.gov and can be located from the "Search Grants" tab by conducting a basic search for the Coral Program's CFDA number 11.482 (Fishery Management Councils use CFDA 11.441). Please direct all questions about each funding opportunity to the specific Federal Program Officer identified at the end of each FFO.

  • CRCP Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grants (Applicants: Universities, NGOs, commercial organizations, and local and tribal governments.); Opportunity number: NOAA-NOS-OCRM-2014-2003817.
  • CRCP International Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements (Applicants: International governments, NGOs, Universities); Opportunity number: NOAA-NOS-OCRM-2014-2003838.
  • CRCP Fishery Management Council Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements (Applicants: Relevant Regional Fishery Management Councils); Opportunity number: NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2014-2003825.

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Background Documents