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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofit, For-Profits,
and IHEs to Conserve Coral Reefs

Coral Reef Conservation Program Domestic Capacity-Building Partnerships

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Office for Coastal Management and NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

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03/04/22 11:59 PM Eastern time


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education to conserve coral reefs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for organizations with demonstrated expertise and experience in supporting coral reef management in the United States.

The purpose of this notice is to invite organizations with demonstrated expertise and experience in supporting coral reef management in the United States to submit proposals that establish partnerships with the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) and local management agencies to further the conservation of U.S. coral reefs. This funding announcement describes the coral reef conservation partnership(s) that the NOAA CRCP envisions, identifies the qualities that NOAA desires in a partner, and describes criteria against which applications will be evaluated for funding consideration.

CRCP will consider funding a single proposal that includes support for all seven coral reef states and territories and/or several proposals in the Pacific Islands (benefitting Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and/or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), the Atlantic/Caribbean region (benefitting Florida, Puerto Rico, and/or the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the national priorities, or any combination thereof. Some international work may be proposed using non-federal matching funds provided the scope is similar to domestic activities and clearly linked, but will not be prioritized. It is expected that a minimum of one project, but not more than two projects, will be selected to benefit each jurisdiction in any combination of proposals. 

Priority will be given to proposals that support the objectives from the Strategic Plan-2018 and the following specific jurisdictional priorities. Projects that do not specifically address these priorities or jurisdictions may be proposed, but are not likely to be competitive. 

  • American Samoa
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Florida
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • National

Links for more information about these priority areas can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200348

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to ten organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may at most request $90,000 per state or territory, depending on how many of the seven coral states and territories will benefit from the proposed project(s), and up to $150,000 for a national capacity-building project. Based on the number of projects proposed, applications are expected to be within the range of $50,000 to $750,000.

Term of Contract:

Partnerships selected through this notice will be implemented through a cooperative agreement of up to 24-months (2 years) in duration, beginning on October 1, 2022 or later.


  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • 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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit and non-governmental organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit organizations that have demonstrated expertise and experience in supporting coral reef management in U.S. states and territories.

Federal agencies and employees cannot receive funds under this announcement but may serve as collaborative project partners. If Federal agencies are collaborators, applicants are expected to provide detail on the planned level of Federal engagement in the application. Examples might include, but are not limited to partnership services; serving in a review capacity; or participating in priority task teams, working groups, or leadership teams.

The following projects will not be eligible for funding: (1) Activities that constitute legally required mitigation for the adverse effects of an activity regulated or otherwise governed by state or Federal law; (2) Activities that constitute mitigation for natural resource damages under Federal or state law; and (3) Activities that are required by a separate consent decree,
court order, statute or regulation.

Pre-Application Information:

- LOI: 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, December 10, 2021
- Application due date: 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, March 4, 2022
- Earliest State Date: October 1, 2022

Dates: Full applications MUST be submitted electronically via by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, February 11, 2022 to be considered for funding.

Letters of Intent (LOIs) are optional but strongly recommended, and should be submitted no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, December 10, 2021 by email. LOIs submitted after this date will not be reviewed by the relevant agency for feedback.

Successful applicants will be notified in approximately August 2022. The anticipated start date for cooperative agreement awards made under this competition is October 1, 2022 or later, dependent on funding availability, acceptable completion of all NOAA/applicant negotiations including NEPA and environmental compliance analysis and permit requirements, and the provision of other supporting documentation as requested.

As required by the CRCA, recipients are required to match NOAA's Federal contributions with nonfederal matching contributions at a minimum ratio of 1:1, unless the applicant requests and is granted a waiver to the matching requirement by the agency. Funding after the first year generally depends on future Congressional appropriations, NOAA/CRCP priorities, and recipient performance in the first year of the award.

Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM):
To enable the use of a universal identifier and to enhance the quality of information available to the public as required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, 31 U.S.C. 6101, to the extent applicable, any proposal awarded in response to this announcement will be required to use the System for Award Management (SAM), which may be accessed online at

Applicants are also required to use the Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System ( as identified in OMB guidance published at 2 CFR 25, found at A recipient's DUNS number must correspond with the recipient's information in SAM.Gov. Applicants should allow a minimum of thirty days to receive a DUNS number and to be registered in SAM.Gov, or to assure that required annual updates are complete.

Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through

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

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The Federal Program Officer and technical point of contact for this competition is Craig Reid. He can be reached by phone at 240-533-0783 or by email at His mailing address is: Craig Reid, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East West Highway, SSMC4, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD, 20910.

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Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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