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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and
For-Profits for Projects to Enhance the Health of Coral Reefs

Ruth Gates Coral Restoration Innovation Grants

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

Deadline Date:

02/23/22 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Tribes, and for-profits for projects to enhance the health of coral reefs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to enhance coral resilience and improve the long-term success and efficiency of shallow-water coral reef restoration in a changing climate.

NOAA is seeking project proposals from non-federal partners to:

  • Advance scientific applications to help corals respond to threats, such as ocean warming or coral disease
  • Enhance the survival of sexually derived corals with the goal of increasing the range of traits within coral populations

Globally, coral reefs are rapidly declining in health due to climate change. Coral restoration efforts have been successful at a local level. However, the development of innovative interventions are needed to improve the long-term effectiveness of coral restoration activities at a larger scale.

Program Priorities can be found on page 5 of the NOFO. See Attached Files, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199782

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$100,000 - $1,000,000

NOAA anticipates typical federal funding for awards will range from $100,000-$250,000/year for a total $100,000 to $750,000 over one to three years.

Term of Contract:

September 1, 2022, is the earliest potential start date for awards.

One, two, or three funding years will be considered. The funding for the second and/or third year (FY23 and/or FY24) will be estimated in the FY22 application, with final amounts determined in future years, pending future federal appropriations and progress towards project milestones


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education; non-profit organizations; commercial (for-profit) organizations; U.S. territories, and state, local, and Native American tribal governments. All in-water work must be conducted within the U.S. coral jurisdictions.

Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Federal agencies are strongly encouraged to work with states, tribes, non-governmental organizations, municipal and county governments, and others that are eligible to apply.

Some examples of ineligible activities include:
1. Alleviate the liability associated with legally required mitigation
2. Constitute compensatory restoration
3. Are required by a separate consent decree, court order, statute, or regulation.

Pre-Application Information:

- Open Date: November 12, 2021
- Closing Date: February 23, 2022

Full applications in electronic form must be received and validated through by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 23, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 situation and NOAA staff telework status, paper format applications delivered at the physical address will NOT be accepted for this FY 22-24 application cycle.

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program financial assistance awards are subject to statutory and regulatory matching fund policies. Federal funds for any coral conservation project under 16 U.S.C. ยง 6403(b) may not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the award. Therefore, projects funded under this grant opportunity require a 1:1 contribution of non-federal matching funds.

Applicants may reach out directly to the federal program officer to have one on one conversations about the application process. Applicants may also request feedback about how to improve an application after the competitive process is complete.

Applicants who propose in-water pilot testing of coral intervention/restoration methods are requested to provide evidence of project support or collaboration with relevant representatives of states or government authorities who manage the areas where the work takes place.

Unless exempted under 2 CFR 25.110, applicants is required to: (1) Be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting an application; (2) provide a valid Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number on an application; and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency. The federal awarding agency may not make a federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the federal awarding agency is ready to make a federal award, the federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a federal award to another applicant. Applicants should allow a minimum of two weeks to complete the SAM registration; registration is required only once but must be periodically renewed.


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Contact Information:

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

Direct questions to:
Liz Fairey
Phone: (301) 427-8632

NOAA Fisheries Directorate
NOAA Fisheries Directorate
1315 East-West Highway
14th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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