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Grants to Florida and Hawaii Agencies, Tribes, Nonprofits, For-Profits, and IHEs to Increase Capacity for Coral Reef Conservation

FY 2024 NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program - Ruth D. Gates Grant Program: Local and National Capacity Building Support Grants and Cooperative


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Funding Source
National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
Coral Reef Conservation Program
CFDA Number: 11.482
Funding or PIN Number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2024-2008253
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA: FloridaHawaii
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/24 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Florida, Hawaii, and USA territories agencies, Tribes, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and IHEs to increase organizational capacity for coral reef conservation. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Eligible entities are located in the states of Florida and Hawaii; territories of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands; or any other territory or possession of the United States or separate sovereign in free association with the United States that contains a coral reef ecosystem.

This funding opportunity specifically seeks to extend resources to support local interested stakeholder groups to build their capacity to participate in coral reef stewardship partnerships, as they are established. A coral reef stewardship partnership is a group established to further community-based stewardship of federal and non-federal coral reef units (refer to 16 USC 6405 for more details). This will be accomplished through direct funding to local coral reef conservation and community groups, and support to regional or national projects that will provide tools, training and skills development to the coral conservation community free of charge.

The FY 2024 NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program - Ruth D. Gates Local and National Capacity Building Program is a two-track competition. Applicants should clearly identify in their application the track that should be used to evaluate their proposal. If a category is not identified by the applicant within the proposal, NOAA will identify a category for the applicant.
  • Priority 1: Local Coral Community Group Support: This priority is intended to directly support the development of local interested stakeholder groups which could be eligible members of a coral reef stewardship partnership. Regional or national organizations may also apply in partnership with, or on behalf of, local organizations, as needed (e.g., as a fiscal agent, primary service provider, or coordinating entity). Applications must describe how the project will build capacity and prepare local organizations for participation in stewardship partnerships to ensure long-term progress.
  • Priority 2: National Coral Conservation Support: This priority supports regional or national organizations to increase coral conservation and resilience knowledge and build capacity across multiple States.

For further program priority details. see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The purpose of this competition is to aid in coral reef stewardship partnership development. At the time of this announcement, these stewardship partnerships have not been established so eligibility for the Ruth D. Gates Grant Program (16 U.S.C. § 6410(c)(2)(C)) has been expanded to include most applicant types who could be considered eligible members of an “interested stakeholder group” (16 U.S.C. § 6415 (15)) that might be accepted into a stewardship partnership. Until such time, these entities may be considered as “candidate coral reef stewardship partnership members,” engaging in pre-partnership development activities. For Priority 1, regional or national organizations may also apply in partnership with, or on behalf of, local organizations, as needed (e.g., as a fiscal agent, primary service provider, or coordinating entity).

Eligible applicant types include:
- City or township governments
- County governments
- 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
- Small businesses
- Special district governments
- State governments
- Foreign public entity (see 2 CFR 200.1)
- Foreign organization (see 2 CFR 200.1)

The NOAA CRCP encourages applicants and awardees to support the principles of diversity and inclusion when writing their proposals and performing their work. Diversity is defined as a collection of individual attributes that together help organizations achieve objectives. Inclusion is defined as a culture that connects each employee to the organization. Promoting diversity and inclusion improves creativity, productivity, and the vitality of the climate research and grant community in which CRCP engages.

For further eligibility information, see

Any projects that do not obtain support are unable to be funded.

Applicants should also note that the following activities will not be considered for federal funding under this announcement:
- Dive or beach clean-ups
- Coral outplanting activities
- Coral research activities
- Water quality research or implementation of watershed action plans

Expenses that will not be considered for funding under this announcement include:
- Vehicle or large equipment purchases
- Most improvements to land, buildings, or equipment which materially increase their value or useful life (contact NOAA for questions before submission)

Ineligible Projects:

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be received by and validated by by 11:59 PM Eastern time on February 15, 2024.

Selected applications are expected to be awarded by July 30, 2024 and announced by October 30, 2024.

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

All projects must receive evidence of support (e.g., a letter of support or other indication of collaboration) by appropriate representatives of States or other government jurisdictions in which the project will be conducted.

If selected, applicants must also register with eRA Commons using the unique entity identifier (UEI) obtained from Applicants should allow a minimum of two weeks and up to six weeks to complete the SAM registration. Registering with eRA Commons can take up to four weeks to process. It is encouraged that applicants register with eRA Commons as soon as possible to avoid any delays.

Recipients are required to match NOAA’s Federal contributions with non-Federal 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. For futher cost sharing details, see

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Up to 10

Estimated Size of Grant
Priority 1: $50,000 per geographic region
Priority 2: no more than $75,000 in Federal funds per year for projects with regional beneficiaries and no more than $150,000 per year in Federal funds for projects with national beneficiaries

Term of Contract
The start date of proposals shall be on October 1, 2024 or later.

Priority 1 Duration: 12 to 24 months (1 to 2 years)
Priority 2 Duration: 12 to 48 months (1 to 4 years)

Contact Information
For administrative or technical questions regarding this announcement, contact the competition managers: Craig Reid and Victoria Barker , NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.

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