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Funding Opportunities

NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation awards grants and cooperative agreements to support research and conservation initiatives coordinated by state and local governments, non-profits, colleges and universities. Within these pages you’ll find more details about our programs, and our current and past funding opportunities: You can also find information about NOAA’s funding opportunities through, the federal government’s main financial assistance clearinghouse.

Funding Opportunity
Funding Range
States Available
$100,000 to $4 million over three years
This funding supports projects that promote productive and sustainable fisheries, improve the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and promote healthy ecosystems and resilient communities through the restoration of coastal habitat. Applicants may submit one or more projects to be completed in one, two, or three years.
National, not including the Great Lakes
March 23, 2017
Typical award amounts will range from $100,000 to $2 million for projects lasting up to three years
This program will fund projects that build resilience, including activities that protect life and property, safeguard people and infrastructure, strengthen the economy, and/or conserve and restore coastal and marine resources.
Coastal states and territories
March 17, 2017
Typical awards will range from $2.5 million to $50 million over the life of the selected award.  Maximum award size is $100 million.
NOAA restores marine and coastal natural resources damaged by hazardous waste, oil spills, and other physical impacts. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA seeks to collaborate with non-federal partners to accomplish common restoration goals related to these damages.
March 6, 2017
$1 million to $7 million
Grants funded through this opportunity will provide labor to on-the-ground restoration, benefiting coastal habitats or water quality, and provide short-term employment for local citizens. This funding will establish a GulfCorps program that will restore coastal ecosystems and improve coastal economies and communities.
Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas
March 2, 2017
Up to $3.5 million over the next three years, contingent upon final appropriations. Minimum requests of $50,000 and maximum requests of $250,000 for the first year of funding with no more than $650,000 for the entire three years. Typical awards will range from $150,000 to $600,000 over three years. One to three year proposals will be accepted.
The principal objective of this solicitation is to identify and support comprehensive and cooperative habitat conservation projects and activities in NOAA Habitat Focus Areas (HFAs) that sustain resilient and thriving marine and coastal resources, communities, and economies.
Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Guam, Hawaii Maine, Maryland, Michigan, and Puerto Rico
February 2, 2017
Up to $250,000 for a two-year period
NCBO’s Fisheries Research Program targets better understanding of fisheries status, trends, and ecosystem value to inform ecosystem based management of Chesapeake Bay estuarine species and habitats. The program seeks to establish a strong understanding of the Chesapeake Bay system, the complex connections among organisms and their habitats, multispecies interactions, and the wide range of processes that affect their dynamics.
Applicants may be from any state, but projects must focus on the Chesapeake Bay
January 19, 2017
Funding of approximately $5,000,000 is expected to be available to establish habitat restoration Partnerships in 2016, with annual funding anticipated to maintain them for up to three years. Individual awards are anticipated to range between $1,000,000 and $40,000,000 in federal funds for the entire three-year partnership. Typical Partnership awards are expected to range from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 per year.
Through this solicitation, NOAA seeks to openly compete funding available for multi-year Great Lakes regional habitat restoration partnerships (Partnerships). Partnerships will result in implementation of a wide-range of individual habitat restoration projects focused in U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs) with funds provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Priority projects in AOCs have been identified and continue to be identified for GLRI funding each fiscal year. The Partnership should be flexible related to which AOCs they may work in, and be able to work with NOAA and other federal and state agencies to continue to identify and implement priority projects in targeted AOCs. Note: This is NOT a request for individual habitat restoration project proposals.
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
February 2 , 2016
$50,000 to $500,000 for a two-year period
Funds projects supporting comprehensive and cooperative habitat conservation project(s) that sustain resilient and thriving marine and coastal resources, communities, and economies in three newly-selected NOAA Habitat Focus Areas
Florida, Puerto Rico, Alaska
Up to $150,000
Funds projects provide hands-on environmental education about issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed for students and related professional development for teachers, administrators, and other educators who serve formal K-12 audiences
States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
February 4, 2016