The NOAA Marine Debris Program has just announced two federal funding opportunities for Fiscal Year 18, the “Marine Debris Removal” and “Marine Debris Prevention” grant competitions.
The Removal grant opportunity provides funding to support projects that will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources through on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, with priority for those targeting derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris. Priority will be given to projects that also foster awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution, and impacts. Proposals for removal grants are due November 1.
The Prevention grant opportunity provides funding to support eligible organizations for activities to prevent the introduction of marine debris into the marine and coastal environment. Applicants requesting funding for projects to address a specific marine debris issue, and that will actively engage these groups in hands-on personal participation, are welcome to apply. Projects focused on efforts to prevent marine debris from entering the environment through targeted behavior change will be given priority. *Please note: to apply for marine debris prevention funding through this opportunity, applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), via email, to firstname.lastname@example.org, in accordance with the guidelines described in Section IV.B. of the funding opportunity announcement. The deadline for LOI submission is September 28, 2017. After NOAA reviews all submitted LOIs, only those invited to submit a full proposal will be considered for funding. Applicants will be notified by November 1, 2017 if they have been invited to submit a full proposal, which will be due on December 15, 2017.