Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education to conserve coral reefs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for organizations with demonstrated expertise and experience in supporting coral reef management in the United States.
The purpose of this notice is to invite organizations with demonstrated expertise and experience in supporting coral reef management in the United States to submit proposals that establish partnerships with the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) and local management agencies to further the conservation of U.S. coral reefs. This funding announcement describes the coral reef conservation partnership(s) that the NOAA CRCP envisions, identifies the qualities that NOAA desires in a partner, and describes criteria against which applications will be evaluated for funding consideration.CRCP will consider funding a single proposal that includes support for all seven coral reef states and territories and/or several proposals in the Pacific Islands (benefitting Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and/or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), the Atlantic/Caribbean region (benefitting Florida, Puerto Rico, and/or the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the national priorities, or any combination thereof. Some international work may be proposed using non-federal matching funds provided the scope is similar to domestic activities and clearly linked, but will not be prioritized. It is expected that a minimum of one project, but not more than two projects, will be selected to benefit each jurisdiction in any combination of proposals. Priority will be given to proposals that support the objectives from the Strategic Plan-2018 and the following specific jurisdictional priorities. Projects that do not specifically address these priorities or jurisdictions may be proposed, but are not likely to be competitive. American SamoaCommonwealth of the Northern Mariana IslandsFloridaGuamHawaiiPuerto RicoU.S. Virgin IslandsNationalLinks for more information about these priority areas can be found at https://coast.noaa.gov/data/coasthome/funding/_pdf/NOAA-NOS-OCM-2022-2007044-NOFO-posted-10.20.2021.pdf#page=5.