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Come to a FREE Grant Writing Workshop to learn how! All workshops will be held over two days from 9:00am - 4:30 pm and include:

  • Day One: Training and hands-on exercises on how to write a competitive grant.
  • Day Two: One on one mentoring. Use the links below to register for a workshop near you.

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Coral Reef Conservation Funding Opportunities

CRCP supports projects through grants and financial assistance in the following six programs. The general information about each grant program can be found below. Not all programs have annual competitions. Please visit https://www.grants.gov/ for the full competition information.

Funding Competition Overview


Fishery Management Council Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements support sustainable coral fisheries management in cooperation with regional fishery management councils. Click here for more information

  • Competition Information
  • Eligible Entities: U.S. Regional Fishery Management Councils. Councils are encouraged to work with local fishery management agencies.
  • Timeline: This competition runs every two years. Future competition is expected to open in Oct/Nov 2019
  • Award Amounts: Applications can request between $125,000 to $500,000 per project.
  • Project Periods: Applications can cover a 2-year period.
  • Matching Funds: This competition has waived the matching requirement as per section 6403(b)(2).
  • Federal Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2017-2004978. Download the latest full funding description at https://www.grants.gov.
  • Point of Contact: Liz Fairey, 301-427-8632,or Liz.Fairey@noaa.gov

NOW OPEN! International Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements build local coral reef management capacity and support coral reef monitoring in priority international geographies. Click here for more information

  • Competition Information
  • Eligible Entities: Eligible applicants are 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.
  • Timeline: This competition runs every other year. Future competition is expected June-Aug 2021.
  • Award Amounts: Applications can request between $75,000 and $300,000 per year.
  • Project Periods: Applications can cover up to a 24-months period.
  • Matching Funds: Matching funds from non-U.S. Federal sources are required at a 1:1 ratio for all proposed projects.
  • Federal Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2020-2006143. Download the latest full funding description at https://www.grants.gov.
  • Point of Contact: Scot Frew, 240-533-0774, or scot.frew@noaa.gov; Or Eileen Alicea, 240-533-0775, or eileen.alicea@noaa.gov;

OPEN SOON! Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Partnership Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements provide funding to NGOs with specialized experience in supporting the ongoing coral reef conservation efforts of our state and territorial partners. Click here for more information

  • Competition Information
  • Eligible Entities: Non-profit, non-governmental organizations that have demonstrated expertise and experience in supporting coral reef management in U.S. States and Territories.
  • Timeline: This competition runs every 2 to 4 years. Future competitions are expected in Nov. 2019 and July-Aug 2021.
  • Award Amounts: Applications can request between $100,000 and $700,000 per year (approximately $100,000 per state or territory).
  • Project Periods: Applications can cover up to a 2 or 4-year period, per announcement.
  • Matching Funds: Matching funds from non-U.S. Federal sources are required at a 1:1 ratio for all proposed projects.
  • Federal Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2016-2004583. Download the latest full funding description at https://www.grants.gov.
  • Point of Contact: Craig Reid, 240-533-0783,or craig.a.reid@noaa.gov

OPEN SOON! The Coral Reef Conservation Fund, a competitive grant program administered on behalf of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), implements a long standing public-private partnership that was created to support coral reef conservation projects both domestically and internationally Click here for more information

  • Competition Information
  • Eligible Entities: Eligible applicants include all persons, organizations, and non-U.S. Federal agencies, including parties within and outside of the United States.
  • Timeline: This is an annual competition through https://www.nfwf.org between January and March of each year.
  • Award Amounts: Average grant awards range from $40,000 to $150,000.
  • Project Periods: Applications can cover up a 12-18 months period.
  • Matching Funds: Matching funds from non-U.S. Federal sources are required at a 1:1 ratio for all proposed projects.
  • More information and a full funding description is available on the NFWF Coral Reef website at: https://www.nfwf.org/coralreef/Pages/home.aspx

State and Territorial Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements sustain coral reef management and monitoring in the states and territories of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Click here for more information

  • Competition Information
  • Eligible Entities: Select State, Territorial and Commonwealth natural resource management agencies that conduct coral reef conservation activities in each of the jurisdictions of American Samoa, Florida, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Timeline: This competition runs every other year. Future competitions are expected in June/July 2020 and June/July 2022.
  • Award Amounts: Applications can request between $200,000 to $900,000 per proposal. The average award size is $500,000 per year.
  • Project Periods: Applications can cover a 24-month period.
  • Matching Funds: Matching funds from non-U.S. Federal sources are required at a 1:1 ratio for all proposed projects.
  • Federal Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2019-2005750. Download the latest full funding description at https://www.grants.gov.
  • Point of Contact: Craig Reid, 240-533-0783,or craig.a.reid@noaa.gov

NEW: COMING SOON! Dr. Ruth Gates Coral Innovative Resilience and Restoration Competition will fund resilient coral restoration science and technology development and in-water implementation. Click here for more information

  • Competition Information
    This new competition is still under development but scheduled to open for Fiscal Year 2020 funding. Please check back later for more information.
  • Eligible Entities: T.B.D.
  • Timeline: T.B.D.
  • Award Amounts: T.B.D.
  • Project Periods: T.B.D.
  • Matching Funds: T.B.D.
  • Federal Funding Opportunity Number: T.B.D.
  • Point of Contact: Craig Reid, 240-533-0783,or craig.a.reid@noaa.gov

SUSPENDED: Domestic Coral Reef Conservation Grants address the three primary threats to coral reefs (climate change, land-based sources of pollution, and unsustainable fishing practices) as well as emerging coral reef issues identified by local management agencies and partners.Click here for more information

  • Competition Information
  • This competition has been suspended through at least Fiscal Year 2021 while the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program continues to realign the grant competitions with the new Strategic Plan.
  • If your organization has historically applied under this competition, please refer to the Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Partnership Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements and The Coral Reef Conservation Fund for additional opportunities.
  • Point of Contact: Craig Reid, 240-533-0783,or craig.a.reid@noaa.gov