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NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program (FY 2018)
The principal objective of the NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program is to implement projects that build resilience of U.S. coastal communities and ecosystems. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, this solicitation is seeking coastal habitat restoration projects that build resilience by conserving and restoring sustainable ecosystem processes and functions and reducing the vulnerability of coastal communities and infrastructure from the impacts of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. This program supports activities that restore or create natural infrastructure and natural landscape features to provide valuable ecosystem functions and services, such as habitat for fish, improved water quality and quantity, flood reduction, and erosion protection. Proposed projects should also support sustainable fisheries managed by NOAA under the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (Managed Species), contribute to the recovery of protected resources managed by NOAA under the Endangered Species Act (Listed Species) – including species identified by NMFS as “Species in the Spotlight,” and/or benefit native fish species of the Great Lakes. Proposals may include: planning, feasibility and design projects; implementation projects; or projects that combine the two.
This competition has a mandatory pre-proposal. Only applicants whose pre-proposals meet eligibility requirements, including strongly aligning with program objectives and goals, as determined by NOAA (through the review process described below in Section V.A.), will be invited to submit Full Applications. The goal of the pre-proposal process is to reduce the burden of preparing full proposals and streamline the review by inviting Full Applications only from those applicants whose projects are most likely to support NOAA's implementation of the Coastal Resilience Grants Program. Pre-proposals must be submitted by email, by the deadline stated in Section IV.D.
Deadline for pre-proposals: Mar. 7, 2018
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profit and for-profit organizations, U.S. territories and states, Native American tribes, and local governments as defined at 2 C.F.R. 200.64, which includes counties, municipalities, and cities. To be eligible under this competition, applicants must conduct projects in coastal areas in one or more of the following U.S. jurisdictions: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Washington, and Wisconsin.
Total anticipated funding for all awards is up to $9 million, subject to FY2018 appropriations. NOAA will not accept applications requesting less than $75,000 or more than $2 million in federal funds from NOAA under this solicitation. This federal funding opportunity is being released prior to final appropriations due to award process timeframes. While the FY2018 President’s budget proposed $0 for this program, final Congressional direction has not been determined.
NOAA anticipates typical awards for planning, feasibility and design projects will range from $75,000 to $300,000. NOAA anticipates typical awards for restoration implementation or design and implementation projects will range from $250,000 to $1,000,000.
Federal funds awarded under this program must be matched with non-federal funds (cash or in-kind cost share) at a 2:1 ratio of federal to non-federal contributions. For example, an applicant requesting $500,000 in federal funding must provide at least $250,000 in nonfederal matching contributions, for a total budget of $750,000.