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Funding Opportunities

Several times each year, proposals are requested for individual projects, either directly by NOAA’s Restoration Center or through its partners. The table below lists our current and past funding opportunities. Opportunities that are now closed often have deadlines in a similar timeframe each year, and these pages have instructions and requirements that can assist in future applications.

In addition to nationwide funding opportunities, regional funding opportunities are available through the NOAA Restoration Center partnerships that announce open competitions for restoration funds throughout the year. These cooperative partnerships allow us to target regional restoration priorities and leverage NOAA contributions with local resources. During open announcements, applications should be directed to the partner organization.







Funding Opportunity
Funding Range
States Available
Up to $1.7 million
Funding for projects that will restore, protect, and enhance coastal and marine habitat for native fish species of special concern.
Pre-proposals due June 3, 2013
$100,000 to $10,000,000 over three years
This funding opportunity focuses on coastal habitat restoration projects that aid in recovering listed species and rebuilding sustainable fish populations or their prey.  Applicants may submit one or more projects to be completed in one, two, or three years.
National, not including the Great Lakes
Closed—next competition anticipated in fall 2014 or 2015
up to $135,000
To fund projects that support the protection of coastal and marine fish habitats through the National Fish Habitat Partnership through voluntary and non-regulatory actions that maintain, or prevent the decline of, aquatic habitat and aquatic resources that depend on those habitats.
$25,000 - $85,000 and up to $250,000
Funds marine and coastal habitat restoration projects that benefit fish and shellfish around the coastal U.S. Preference will be given to projects at priority sites identified through Marine Ecoregional Assessments and other TNC priority setting approaches at the state and territory level.
$10,000 - $75,000
Funds marine and anadromous fish habitat restoration projects that benefit recreationally fished species.
$15,000 -$250,000
Funds individual grass-roots marine debris prevention and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat like wetlands and coral reefs, as well as fisheries, marine mammals, sea turtles and waterways.
November 1, 2013
$100,000 - $3,000,000
Funds the removal of obsolete dams and other stream barriers to improve fisheries, enhance public safety and boost local economies through benefits resulting from removal.
Maximum $150,000
Funds dam & barrier removal projects that restore and improve migratory fish habitat.
$500,000 - $1,000,000
Funding available for multi-year national and regional habitat restoration Partnerships that will result in implementation of a wide-range of habitat restoration projects -- from locally-driven, hands-on projects that emphasize stewardship, to mid-scale, watershed-scale projects that yield significant ecological and socioeconomic benefits.
$100,000 - $1,000,000
Funds estuary habitat restoration projects. These projects should achieve cost-effective restoration while promoting partnerships among agencies and between public and private sectors. Selected projects must provide ecosystem benefits, have scientific merit, be technically feasible, cost-effective, and support the Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy.
Up to $80,000
Funds restoration projects that ensure healthy and sustainable fishery resources, advance innovative restoration techniques, engage local communities in stewardship and outreach/education efforts, encourage collaboration between public, private, and agency partners, and encourage science-based monitoring to evaluate restoration project success.
Next announcement anticipated Spring 2013