NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program - Ruth D. Gates Grant Program: Local and National Capacity Building Support Grants and Cooperative Agreements

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The purpose of this notice is to solicit financial assistance applications that will build capacity in States with coral reef ecosystems (defined as the states of
Florida and Hawaii; territories of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands; or any other territory or possession of the United States or separate sovereign in free association with the United States that contains a coral reef ecosystem) by strengthening local nongovernmental organizations’ and/or other interested stakeholder groups’ ability to participate in future coral reef stewardship partnerships, as outlined in the reauthorized Coral Reef Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 6401-15 (the Act). Projects funded through this competition must address one of two priorities:

PRIORITY 1: Local Coral Community Group Support
Applications submitted under the Local Coral Community Group Support priority should propose work plans over a duration of 12 to 24 months (1 to 2 years). Each application should not request more than $50,000 in total Federal funds per geographic region (e.g., counties, islands, or States) in which the project will be performed. Applications that propose projects across multiple geographic regions may request proportionally higher levels of Federal funds. Applications may be submitted by the local organization(s) themselves or by a collaborating partner (either local, regional, or national) who may act as a fiscal agent or primary program coordinator.

PRIORITY 2: National Coral Conservation Support.
Applications submitted under the National Coral Conservation Support priority will be implemented through either a grant or cooperative agreement and should propose work plans over a duration of 12 to 48 months (1 to 4 years). Each application should request no more than $75,000 in Federal funds per year for projects with regional beneficiaries and no more than $150,000 per year in Federal funds for projects with national beneficiaries. It is expected that one national or up to two regional applications may be selected. Applications are expected to be submitted by multi-state or multinational entities that may be located outside one of the beneficiary States, however, applicants should demonstrate experience working across these diverse jurisdictions.


Deadline: Feb. 15, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The purpose of this competition is to aid in coral reef stewardship partnership
development. At the time of this announcement, these stewardship partnerships have not
been established so eligibility for the Ruth D. Gates Grant Program (16 U.S.C. §
6410(c)(2)(C)) has been expanded to include most applicant types who could be considered
eligible members of an “interested stakeholder group” (16 U.S.C. § 6415 (15)) that might be
accepted into a stewardship partnership. Until such time, these entities may be considered as
“candidate coral reef stewardship partnership members,” engaging in pre-partnership
development activities. For Priority 1, regional or national organizations may also apply in
partnership with, or on behalf of, local organizations, as needed (e.g., as a fiscal agent,
primary service provider, or coordinating entity).

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

February 15, 2024