The FY15 removal grant opportunity is now open.
Apply By: November 17, 2014
In cooperation with the NOAA Restoration Center, the NOAA Marine Debris Program is offering funding that supports locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention, assessment, and removal projects. These projects benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and other NOAA trust resources.
Marine debris is defined as “any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes” (15 CFR §909.1).
Program priorities for this solicitation:
· Removal of derelict fishing gear and/or the removal of medium- to large-scale marine debris that have a negative impact on important habitat areas, particularly to habitats frequently used by federal-listed threatened and endangered species.
· Proposals that pair removal activities with technically-sound, cost-effective habitat monitoring that measures benefits to NOAA trust resources and supports healthy ecosystems may receive higher priority under this funding opportunity.
· NOAA is also interested in proposals for removal work in urbanized areas; however as with all other proposals, such projects must have a primary emphasis on debris removal to benefit NOAA trust resources and must clearly lay out the direct links to such resources.
Note: General shoreline cleanup projects will be considered only if the project is (a) coupled with a significant, high-quality outreach program that will reduce or prevent future accumulation of marine debris or (b) consists of debris cleanup event(s) that is/are not likely to rapidly re-accumulate.
Funding: Funding of up to $2,000,000 is expected to be available for the national Community-based Marine Debris Removal Project Grants in FY2015. Typical awards will range from $50,000 to $150,000.
To apply and for further information on this funding opportunity, please visit:
To view those projects previously funded through this opportunity, we encourage you to check out the NOAA Marine Debris Clearinghouse and sort by the “Removal” Project Category.
Questions? Contact: Tom Barry (firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-427-8653)
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