The NOAA Marine Debris Program has just announced the opening of the FY17 Community-based Marine Debris Removal federal funding opportunity. This opportunity provides funding to support locally-driven, marine debris assessment and removal projects that will benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources. Funding for this purpose comes through the NOAA Marine Debris Program. Projects awarded through this grant competition implement on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, with priority for those targeting medium- large-scale debris, including derelict fishing gear. There is also a secondary priority for projects that conduct post-removal habitat monitoring to assess the beneficial impacts of debris removal. Through this solicitation NOAA fosters awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contributes to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution and impacts. Typical awards will range from $50,000 to $150,000.
To read more about this grant opportunity, download the Federal Funding Opportunity and the Guidance for Applicants, and view a list of previously funded projects, please go to to the MDP website: https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/funding/funding-opportunities.
View the announcement on grants.gov here.
Please consider applying if the funding opportunity is applicable and relevant to your organization and work, and please forward this notice or links to any partner that you think might be interested.
To discuss project ideas, please feel free to reach out to Sherry Lippiatt, California Regional Coordinator at sherry.lippiatt[at]noaa.gov.
For specific questions about the funding opportunity, please contact Tom Barry at tom.barry[at]noaa.gov.