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NOAA Marine Debris Prevention (MDP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and
IHEs to Prevent Debris in Coastal and Marine Areas

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Department of Commerce - National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Marine Debris Program (MDP)

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02/07/20 11:59 PM EST Postmark or Receipt


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Grants starting at $50,000 to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, and IHEs to prevent debris in coastal and marine environments. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for projects that promote behavioral changes in the general public to address specific marine debris issues.

The Marine Debris Program provides funding to prevent the introduction of marine debris into the marine and coastal environment. Projects awarded through this grant competition will actively engage and educate a target audience in hands-on programs designed to raise awareness, reduce barriers to marine debris prevention (e.g., lack of access to waste receptacles or alternatives to single-use items), and encourage and support changes in behaviors to ensure long-term prevention of marine debris.

This solicitation is focused on efforts to prevent marine debris from entering the environment through targeted education and outreach efforts, as well as activities that aim to change behaviors related to common marine debris issues. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 182245

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The NOAA MDP anticipates that between 8 and 15 awards will be made under this solicitation.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical awards will range from $50,000 - $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Applications should cover a project period of performance from one to two years in duration. If behavior change monitoring activities are to be conducted during the project, NOAA may consider applications with a period of performance beyond two years as long as there is reasonable justification provided, however, NOAA expects that all primary project activities would be completed within two years of the start date of the award.

The earliest anticipated start date for awards will be September 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

As outlined in the Marine Debris Act, eligible applicants are state, local, tribal, and territory governments whose activities affect research or regulation of marine debris and any institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, or commercial (for-profit) organization with expertise in a field related to marine debris. Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Interested federal agencies may collaborate with eligible applicants but may not receive funds through this competition.

All projects must take place within the United States or territories or their respective waterways. Foreign organizations and foreign public entities are not eligible to apply as the primary applicant but can be involved as project partners.

NOAA is strongly committed to broadening the participation of veterans, minority-serving institutions, and entities that work in underserved areas. The NOAA MDP encourages proposals from, or involving any of the above types of institutions.

Applications that have been submitted to other NOAA grant programs or as part of another NOAA grant may be considered under this solicitation.

This solicitation is not intended for large-scale debris removal projects or scientific research.

Pre-Application Information:

This funding opportunity requires a letter of intent to be submitted before full proposals will be invited. Letters of intent must be received via e-mail (as an attachment) no later than 11:59 PM Eastern time, November 5, 2019.

If invited per the instructions in this announcement, full proposals must be received and validated by, (and if the online application process is not effectively available) postmarked, or provided to a delivery service on or before 11:59 PM EST, February 7, 2020.

Applicants are strongly advised to submit in advance of the deadline.

The Marine Debris Act (33 U.S.C. § 1951 et seq.) requires NOAA MDP’s grant programs to leverage its federal grant funding with non-federal cost share or match. Applicants often satisfy this requirement by developing and including public and private partnerships, as well as in-kind and financial contributions, to accomplish the overall project objectives. Applicants must provide a minimum 1:1 ratio of non-federal matching contributions to NOAA funds requested to conduct the proposed project. In addition to required cost sharing, the NOAA MDP encourages applicants to leverage additional investment where possible.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

LOIs must be submitted as an e-mail attachment to

Tom Barry

Tom Barry
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration
ATTN: MDP Project Applications
1305 East-West Highway
SSMC4 Rm. 10239 N/ORR5
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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