Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program – Fiscal Year 2017 Great Lakes Competition

“The purpose of this notice is to solicit grant proposals from eligible Great Lakes states for coastal and estuarine land conservation (land acquisition) projects under the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). Applications selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a grant, with awards dependent upon the amount of funds made available to NOAA for this purpose. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement shall protect important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural, undeveloped, or recreational state to other uses. Proposals must also advance the goal of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to protect and restore Great Lakes aquatic and terrestrial habitats, including those habitats that serve to remediate, restore, and delist Areas of Concern. The designated lead agency for implementing CELCP (lead agency) in each participating State is eligible to submit up to four proposed projects for funding under this competition. The State’s lead agency may solicit, and include in its application, project proposals from additional eligible State or local agencies, as described in Section III.A. of this notice. Projects must be located in one of the following Great Lakes States that have submitted a CELCP plan to NOAA and are currently participating in the program: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania (Lake Erie coast); New York (Lake Erie and Lake Ontario coasts); and Wisconsin. Projects in Illinois and Minnesota will only be eligible if the State’s CELCP lead agency submits a CELCP plan to NOAA by October 1, 2016.” (

  • Funding Number– NOAA-NOS-OCM-2017-2004932
  • Closing Date– Oct 26, 2016
  • Funding Category- Environment, Natural Resources, Science and Technology and other Research and Development
  • Award Ceiling– $1,000,000
  • Number of Expected Awards– 10
  • Eligibility– “Eligible applicants for this competition are the designated lead agency for implementing CELCP in each participating State (lead agency), as described below. The lead agency is presumed to be the agency designated as lead for implementing the State’s coastal management program, as approved under the CZMA, unless otherwise designated by the Governor. A list of lead contacts for each State and Territory, including eligible Great Lakes States, is available on the CELCP website at For this competition, Great Lakes States with Coastal Zone Management Programs or NERRS approved under the CZMA that have submitted a CELCP plan to NOAA on or before October 1, 2016 are eligible to apply. The status of each State’s CELCP plan (draft or approved) can be found at and will be updated as of as of October 5, 2016. Great Lakes States with a status of approved or draft are eligible to participate. States considered eligible as of July 1, 2016, are: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania (Lake Erie coast), New York (Lake Erie and Lake Ontario coasts), and Wisconsin. The States of Illinois and Minnesota will be eligible if they submit a CELCP plan to NOAA by October 1, 2016. CELCP plans may be submitted in hard copy by mail, or electronically by e-mail, to Elaine Vaudreuil, CELCP competition manager, at the address listed in section” (
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Species Recovery Grants to States (Section 6 Program)

“States play an essential role in conserving and recovering species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), 16 U.S.C. 1535. Listed species under NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) jurisdiction may spend all or part of their lifecycles in state waters, and success in conserving these species depends largely on working cooperatively with the States. NMFS is authorized to provide Federal assistance to eligible State agencies to support the development and implementation of conservation programs for listed marine and anadromous species that reside within that State. This assistance, provided in the form of grants through the Species Recovery Grants to States Program, can be used to support conservation activities for any endangered or threatened species, as well as monitoring of candidate species, recently delisted species, and species proposed for listing under the ESA. Proposals that address the recovery of one of the following critically endangered species are also encouraged as part of the agency’s Species in the Spotlight initiative: Atlantic salmon, white abalone, Cook Inlet beluga whales, Hawaiian monk seals, Pacific leatherback sea turtles, and southern resident killer whales. Funded activities may include development and implementation of management efforts, scientific research, and public education and outreach. Any State agency that has entered into an agreement with NMFS pursuant to section 6(c) of the ESA or enters into such an agreement within 30 days of the application deadline is eligible to apply under this solicitation. Proposals focusing on Pacific salmonids will not be considered for funding under this grant program; such projects may be considered through the NMFS Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. This document describes how to submit proposals for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2017 and how NMFS will evaluate and select proposals for funding. This document should be read in its entirety; some information has changed from the previous year.” (

  • Funding Number– NOAA-NMFS-PRPO-2017-2004955
  • Closing Date– Oct 17, 2016
  • Funding Category– Environment, Natural Resources, Science and Technology and other Research and Development
  • Award Ceiling– $300,000
  • Number of Expected Awards– 10
  • Eligibility– “Eligible applicants are state agencies that have entered into an agreement with NMFS pursuant to section 6(c) of the ESA. The terms “state” and “state agency” are used as defined in section 3 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1532). Currently eligible state agencies are listed here: Any state agency that enters into a section 6(c) agreement with NMFS within 30 days of the grant application deadline is also eligible to apply. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice. In addition, NOAA and NMFS employees shall not provide assistance in writing applications, write letters of support advocating for any application, or otherwise confer any unfair advantage on a particular application. However, proposed activities can involve collaboration with current NMFS programs and NMFS employees, and NMFS employees can submit letters verifying that they would collaborate on a particular project if funded.” (
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  • Additional Help & Information
    • National Section 6 Program Coordinator-
      • Lisa Manning (301-427-8466,
    • NMFS Regional Program Coordinators-
      • Lanni Hall, Greater Atlantic Regional Office (, 978-282-8492 x 6492)
      • Calusa Horn, Southeast Regional Office (, 727-824-5312)
      • Justin Greenman, West Coast Regional Office (, 562-980-3264)
      • Sadie Wright, Alaska Regional Office (, 907-586-7630)
      • Randy McIntosh, Pacific Islands Regional Office, (, 808-725-5154).


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Oceanographic Facilities and Equipment Support

“Oceanographic facilities and equipment are supported by the Integrative Programs Section (IPS) of the Division of Ocean Sciences Division (OCE), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). These awards are made for the procurement, conversion and/or up-grade, enhancement or annual operation of platforms in the ocean, coastal, near-shore and Great Lakes. Awards are generally directed specifically to support facilities that lend themselves to shared use within the broad range of federally-supported research and education programs. Most of these platforms and facilities also receive partial support from federal agencies other than NSF. This includes state and local governments and private sources on a proportional basis; usually through a daily rate mechanism. The primary objective of these awards is to ensure the availability of appropriate facilities for federally-funded investigators and educators. Individual project-based facilities and instrumentation, limited to one, or a small group of investigators, should be supported through appropriate research programs as opposed to the IPS programs listed herein. The individual programs covered within this solicitation include: Ship Operations (Ship Ops), Oceanographic Technical Services (OTS), Oceanographic Instrumentation (OI) Shipboard Scientific Support Equipment (SSSE), Ship Acquisition and Upgrade (SAU), Other Facility Activities (OFA), Ship Operations (Ship Ops): Ship Opsprovide support for costs arising from the operation and maintenance of academic research vessels. Allowable costs include salaries and related expenses of crew members and marine operations staff; acquisition of minor or expendable equipment; maintenance, overhaul and repairs; insurance; and direct operating costs such as fuel, food, supplies, travel, and pilot and agent fees. Shore-side facilities and support costs are provided only to the extent that they relate directly to ship operations. Ship Operations support requests must be directly attributable to NSF-sponsored science. Oceanographic Technical Service (OTS): The OTS Program provides support to enhance the scientific productivity of research programs using major facilities, primarily research vessels. Effective use of such facilities is enhanced by providing institutional technical support services to all users of an institution’s facilities. Allowable costs include salaries and related expenses, maintenance and calibration of sensors and instrumentation, and travel. Services provided include quality assurance, scheduling of technical support, logistical assistance, and at-sea supervision of the instrumentation and shared-use equipment available to sea-going researchers. Like Ship Operations, Technical support requests must be directly attributable to NSF-sponsored science. Oceanographic Instrumentation (OI): The OI Program provides support to enhance the scientific capabilities and productivity of seagoing research projects that use major facilities, primarily research vessels. Proposals for shared-use instrumentation may include items for the collection, processing and analysis of oceanographic data. Typical items which qualify are sensors, acoustic systems, data loggers, water sampling rosettes, biological net systems, coring equipment and auto-analyzers. Requested instrumentation must be justifiable in terms of multi-project cooperative utilization. Shipboard Scientific Support Equipment (SSSE): The SSSE Program provides support to improve safety and enhance scientific capabilities and productivity of seagoing research programs that use major facilities, primarily research vessels. Proposals may include requests for either new permanent or portable equipment required to outfit a vessel to conduct oceanographic research and overhaul of equipment funded under this program including such items as science handling systems (winches, frames, cranes, etc.), the entire range of navigation and communication equipment, and safety and regulatory-related items. This program also provides support for the UNOLS equipment pools (wires, vans and winches). Requests for both replacement and installation of new equipment may be submitted. Ship Acquisition and Upgrade (SAU): In coordination with interagency agreements and broader Academic Fleet modernization requirements, OCE periodically makes awards for the acquisition, design and construction, modification (either capability enhancement or Service Life Extension), or conversion of research vessels. These awards are dependent upon the availability of funds appropriated for this purpose and are made only on strong evidence of scientific need for a new or reconditioned vessel. Other Facility Activities (OFA): OCE supports specialized facility operations (i.e. Deep Submergence), University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) functions, workshops and other facilities enhancement and developmental activities. All projects must focus on shared-use capabilities for the ocean science research community. Compliance with the UNOLS Research Vessel Safety Standards (RVSS) is mandatory under these programs and will be more fully described in the cooperative agreement or grant terms and conditions.” (

  • Funding Number– 13-589
  • Closing Date– Anytime
  • Funding Category– Science and Technology and other Research and Development
  • Award Ceiling– $8,000,000
  • Number of Expected Awards– 75
  • Eligibility– “*Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: -Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities. -Universities and Colleges – Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.” (
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2017 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Research Program

“The Saltonstall-Kennedy Act established a fund (known as the S-K fund) used by the Secretary of Commerce to provide grants or cooperative agreements for fisheries research and development projects addressing aspects of U.S. fisheries, including, but not limited to, harvesting, processing, marketing, and associated business infrastructures. Under this authority, grants and cooperative agreements are made on a competitive basis (subject to availability of funding) to assist in carrying out projects related to U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries. The term “fisheries” encompasses wild capture, marine aquaculture and recreational fishing. The objective of the S-K Grant Program is to address the needs of the fisheries and fishing communities in optimizing economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries and practices, dealing with the impacts of conservation and management measures, and increasing other opportunities to use existing infrastructure to support keeping working waterfronts viable. U.S. fisheries include any fishery, commercial or recreational, that is, or may be, engaged in by citizens or nationals of the United States. Proposals submitted to this competition must address at least one of the following priorities: Marine Aquaculture; Fisheries Data Collection; Techniques for Reducing Bycatch and other Adverse Impacts; Adapting to Climate Change and Other Long Term Ecosystem Change; Promotion, Development and Marketing; Socio-Economic Research; and Territorial Science. This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information on application and criteria for research proposals requesting a maximum of $300,000 in total federal funding for up to a two-year period. Matching funds are not required. Awards are anticipated to start no earlier than September 1, 2017.” (

  • Funding Number– NOAA-NMFS-FHQ-2017-2004980
  • Closing Date– Dec 09, 2016
  • Funding Category– Environment, Natural Resources, Science and Technology, and other Research and Development
  • Award Ceiling– $300,000
  • Number of Expected Awards– 50
  • Eligibility– “You are eligible to apply for a grant or a cooperative agreement under the Saltonstall- Kennedy Grant Program if: 1. You are a citizen or national of the United States; 2. You represent an entity that is a corporation, partnership, association, or other non- Federal entity, non-profit or otherwise (including Indian tribes), if such entity is a citizen of the United States within the meaning of section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended (46 U.S.C. app. 802); or 3. You are a citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, or the Federated States of Micronesia. We recognize the interest of the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior in defining appropriate fisheries policies and programs that meet the needs of the U.S. insular areas, so we encourage applications from individuals, government entities, and businesses in U.S. insular areas. We support cultural and gender diversity in our programs and encourage women and minority individuals and groups to submit applications We are also committed to broadening the participation of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), which include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, in our grant programs. To find out more about MSIs go to http: We encourage applications from members of the fishing community and applications that involve fishing community cooperation and participation. We will consider the extent of fishing community involvement when evaluating the potential benefit of funding a proposal. Eligible Applicants must submit a pre-proposal. Full proposals will not be reviewed or evaluated if a pre-proposal was not received and ranked. Non Eligible Applicants You are not eligible to submit an application under this program if you are an employee of any Federal agency; a Regional Fishery Management Council (Council); or an employee of a Council. However, Council members who are not Federal employees can submit an application to the S-K Program.” (
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  • Additional Help and Information
    • Regional S-K Program point of contacts: Headquarters – Program Manager – Daniel Namur, telephone (301) 427-8730 email:
    • Alaska Region: Shawn Carey, telephone: (907) 586-7845; email:
    • West Coast Region: Kim Raneses, telephone: (206) 526-6131; email:
    • Pacific Islands Region: Scott Bloom, telephone: (808) 944-2218; email:
    • Greater Atlantic Region: Susan Olsen, telephone (978) 281-9330; email:
    • Southeast Region: Robert Sadler, telephone: (727) 551-5760; email:

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The Urban Rivers Grant Program- CA

“California voters passed the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Act). It added Section 79730 to the Public Resources Code, authorizing the Legislature to appropriate the sum of twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) to the California Natural Resources Agency (Agency) for green infrastructure that conserves water, buffers climate change impacts, improves water quality, water supply, public health, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and energy demand, restores, and protects rivers, creeks and streams including the acquisition of resource lands.

The Act provides funding to implement the three objectives of the California Water Action Plan which are 1) more reliable water supplies, 2) the Restoration of important species and habitat, and 3) a more resilient and sustainably managed water infrastructure.” (

  • Eligibility– “Grant funds will be awarded to public agencies, California nonprofit organizations, public utilities, federally recognized Indian tribes, state indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation list and mutual water companies. All nonprofits must be a 501(c)(3) as verified by the Internal Revenue Service.” (
  • Closing Date– Monday, October 3 2016
  • Contact
    • Phone: (916) 653-2812
    • Email:
    • Website:


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Geography and Spatial Sciences Program

“The National Science Foundation’s Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on Earth. Investigators are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects on a variety of topics qualify for support if they offer promise of contributing to scholarship by enhancing geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns.

The goals of the program are to promote:

  • Scientific research in geography and the spatial sciences that advances theory and basic understanding and that addresses the challenges facing society.
  • Integration of geographers and spatial scientists in interdisciplinary research.
  • Education and training of geographers and spatial scientists in order to enhance the capabilities of current and future generations of researchers.
  • Development and use of scientific methods and tools for geographic research.” (

Closing Date: 09/01/2016

Funding Information: “$5,000,000 to $6,000,000 pending availability of funds. Project budgets should be developed at scales appropriate for the work to be conducted. Regular research awards supported by GSS generally range from between $40,000 to $400,000. Faculty early-career development (CAREER) awards must be a minimum of $400,000, with CAREER awards supported by GSS rarely exceeding $550,000. Awards to support conferences, workshops, group travel, and/or other community-development activities generally range between $20,000 and $300,000. Research coordination network (RCN) awards generally range between $300,000 and $500,000. RAPID awards generally range between $20,000 and $60,000. All figures in the preceding sentences are totals that include both direct and indirect costs for the entire duration of the award. Somewhat larger funding amounts may be possible if other NSF programs participate in co-funding of a project with GSS.” (

Number of Estimated Awards: 30-40



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Statewide Wildlife Grant- Region 5- Northeast Region

“The State Wildlife Grants Program provides States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, and territories (States) Federal grant funds for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished. Eligible activities include both planning and implementation. Planning activities must contribute directly to the development or modification of the States current Wildlife Action Plan approved by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Implementation activities are activities that a State intends to carry out to execute their Plan. Priority for use of these funds should be placed on those species of greatest conservation need and take into consideration the relative level of funding available for the conservation of those species. Ineligible activities include wildlife education and law enforcement activities, unless the law enforcement or education component is a minor or incidental activity which is considered critical to the success of a project.” (

  • Funding Number– F16AS00154
  • Closing Date– August 31, 2016
  • Funding Category– Natural Resources
  • Award Ceiling– $1,000,000
  • Number of Expected Awards– 50
  • Eligibility– State Governments
  • More Information-
  • Additional Help & Information– Grants Fiscal Officer Judy Driscoll 413 253-8409

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Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund

“Established jointly by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Water Quality Control Commission, in cooperation with the Colorado Watershed Assembly, the Program helps support local watershed organizations in their efforts to provide clean water, protect habitat, and improve recreation and accessibility.

The Program was financed by the Colorado Individual Income Tax Refund Check-off Program, which gives taxpayers the opportunity to contribute a portion of their tax return or to make a donation to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund. It was not included as an option on the 2015 state income tax form, so we will not be accepting applications for 2016. However we intend to continue the program as we are able to fund it. For additional information, visit the Colorado Watershed Assembly’s Healthy Rivers Fund page.” (

  • Submission Dates– April 30th of every year
  • Eligibility– “Eligible applicants include locally-based watershed protection groups who are committed to a collaborative approach to the restoration and protection of lands and natural resources within Colorado’s watersheds” (
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    • Project Grants: For projects that promote the improvement and/or protection of the condition of the watershed. Includes: water quality and/or water quantity monitoring; participation in the development and/or implementation of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs); implementation of watershed-related best management practices; flood protection; channel stability; and a wide variety of other riparian, streambank and habitat restoration efforts.
    • Planning Grants: For the planning of successful watershed restoration or protection projects. Includes: data collection and assessment; analysis of project alternatives; project permitting; acquisition of funding for a project; and outreach efforts to ensure the education, involvement and support of the local community.
  • Mail Application
    • Colorado Water Conservation Board
      Attn: Chris Sturm
      1313 Sherman Street, Room 718
      Denver, CO 80203
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Acorn Foundation Grant

“Established in 1978, the Acorn Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to supporting community-based organizations working to advance environmental conservation, sustainability and environmental justice.The Foundation’s name was taken from the street where the family lived. The Foundation is particularly interested in small and innovative community-based projects that engage in community organizing in order to- 1. Advocate for environmental health and justice, particularly in low-income communities, communities of color and indigenous communities, 2. Preserve and restore habitats supporting biological diversity and wildlife, and 3. Prevent or remedy toxic pollution.” (

  • Closing Dates– January 15th and June 15th
  • Eligibility
    • US community based organizations
    • Organizations that work in a low and moderate-income community
    • Organizations that engage in community, neighborhood, and/or workplace organizing
    • Organizations that engage in regular community and/or workplace outreach to build membership
    • Has a plan to plan and grow by getting more people involved
    • Organizations that have strong group leaders and board members
    • Organizations that have clear polices and/or institutional change objectives
    • Organizations that use collective action of members to bring  concerns to public officials and other decision-makers
    • Organizations that impact the daily lives of your members
    • Organizations have a strong leadership development program so that new people can become leaders and the group can continue to grow
    • Organization have an annual budget under $600,000
    • Organizations that have limited access to corporate, government, or mainstream sources of funding
    • Organizations that have strong fundraising plans that include a healthy amount of grassroots fundraising
    • Organizations that have IRS 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status or a fiscal sponsor who does
  • Letters of Inquiry– download form on then email to


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Three Rivers Foundation

  • Eligibility
    • 501(c)(3) organizations that are located in Coos, Lane, Douglas, Curry, or Lincoln County; or
    • 501(c)(3) organizations located in Oregon seeking grant support for projects specifically targeting Coos, Lane, Douglas, Curry, or Lincoln County; or
    • 501(c)(3) organizations located in Oregon seeking grant support for projects specifically important to Native American populations in Oregon; or
    • 501(c)(3) organizations located in Oregon seeking grant support for projects that have a “statewide” impact; or
    • Federally recognized tribes located in Oregon; or
    • Governmental organizations located in Coos, Lane, Douglas, Curry, or Lincoln County.
  • Grant Period– December 1st- 31, 2016
  • Project Priorities-
    •  Education
    • Health
    • Public Safety
    • Problem Gambling
    • The ArtsThe Environment
    • Cultural Activities
    • Historic Preservation
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