Coral Reef NOAA
December 01, 2015  

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.

FY15 Federal Funding Opportunities
Background Documents


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 2015, NOAA CRCP awarded nearly $103 million of Federal funding through competitive funding opportunities, including approximately $8.4 million for coral reef conservation projects in fiscal year 2015. Pending Congressional appropriations, NOAA CRCP anticipates making a similar amount of Federal funding available in fiscal year 2016. Details about the competitions, including the level of funding anticipated and matching requirements for each program category, will be specified when available in 2016 (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, 2013,2014, 2015.


FY16 Federal Funding Opportunities

For FY16, 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 and can be located from the "Search Grants" tab by conducting a basic search for the Coral Program's CFDA number 11.482. 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: Institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and local and Indian tribal government agencies); Opportunity number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2016-2004574. The deadline for this opportunity is January 6, 2016.
  • International Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements (Applicants: Institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, non-U.S. government natural resource management agencies, foreign public entities and foreign organizations, and for-profit organizations). Opportunity number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2016-2004570. The deadline for this opportunity is November 19, 2015.
  • CRCP Coral Reef NGO Partnership (Applicants: non-profit Non-Governmental Organizations that have demonstrated expertise and experience in supporting coral reef management in U. S. States and Territories); Opportunity number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2016-2004583. The deadline for this opportunity is January 21, 2016.


Background Documents