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Hurricane Response Marine Debris Removal Fund

Grants to USA and Territories Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies to
Reduce Marine Litter in Communities Impacted by Regional Storms

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program

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Deadline Date:

01/15/20 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, for-profit organizations, tribes, and educational institutions to dispose, remove, and assess marine litter around and in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Northern Marianas Islands coastal communities as a result of Typhoon Yutu and hurricanes Michael and Florence. Funded projects will reduce debris, mitigate impact to communities and industry, and improve fish and wildlife habitats.

The Hurricane Response Marine Debris Removal Fund will support projects that address marine debris that was caused by or moved by the storms. 

This program will prioritize projects that provide dual benefits – both benefits for human communities and benefits for fish and wildlife. The program will use existing assessment and prioritization efforts conducted by local, state, and federal response agencies to prioritize projects that will address marine debris in areas of greatest impact and most critical to prevent communities and ecosystems from further harm. A limited amount of removal funding will be available to communities that have not yet fully assessed marine debris in the coastal zone. 

​​All proposals must clearly describe how projects will support achieving the overall goals of the Hurricane Response Marine Debris Removal Fund, including:

  • Relative benefit to coastal communities from reducing the impact of marine debris to properties and community infrastructure (beaches, marinas), assets of economic importance (fisheries, recreation), and navigational safety; and
  • Anticipated enhancement of the ecological integrity and functionality of ecosystems and/or prevention of further harm (scouring, entanglement) to fish and wildlife and their habitats.

Due to the emergency nature of these funds, the Hurricane Response Marine Debris Removal Fund will primarily fund projects that are ready for direct clean-up efforts to remove and dispose of marine debris that resulted from the storms to provide the most accelerated and comprehensive outcomes for impacted coastal resources and communities.  Eligible projects will include marine debris assessment and/or removal activities within the coastal uplands, shorelines and coastal waterways of the affected areas, with the goal of preventing further harm to economic and ecological resources of importance to impacted coastal resources and communities. 

Projects will be prioritized based on the targeted debris’ existing or potential impact on coastal resources and communities and to prevent further harm to sensitive habitats (including but not limited to corals and sea grasses) and species (ESA listed species). Priority will be given to projects that have already completed a marine debris assessment to prioritize debris from the storm(s) and where hazardous materials have already been addressed. Projects that have secured all necessary permits and have mapped out all disposal and recycling logistics will also receive higher priority for funding.

Assessment work may be included to locate submerged debris and help prioritize removal efforts. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187443

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

While there is no minimum or maximum expected award amount, funding request amounts should be appropriate relative to the overall scale and impact of the project.

Term of Contract:

All project dollars, NFWF award request and matching funds, must be secured and expended within the period of performance. The period of performance is the period of time in which all activities in the proposed scope of work occur and is defined by the start and end dates selected in the application. Projects should be able to be completed within 3 years of the start of the grant. Grants under this program cannot start prior to November 1, 2019 and should end no later than December 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state and territorial government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, commercial (for-profit) organizations, Native American tribal governments, or educational institutions. Tribal governments include all Native American tribal governments (both federally recognized tribes and those tribes that are not federally recognized). For-profit applicants should see the Budget section below for specific budget considerations for for-profit entities.
- As this program will award grants of Federal financial assistance funds, applicants must be able to comply with the OMB guidance in subparts A through F of 2 CFR 200 (OMB Uniform Guidance​).

Ineligible Applicants:
- Ineligible applicants include federal agencies or employees of federal agencies, foreign organizations, foreign public entities, and unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
- NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.
- All projects must take place within the United States or territories jurisdiction or their respective waterways within the geographic focus areas.
- Funding beyond assessment and removal of debris from the storms listed above are not appropriate for ‘requested’ amounts. However, proposals that seek to establish planning, outreach or other actions to prevent or reduce similar harm from future storms are encouraged to do so using matching funds.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinars:

​Coastal communities impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael:
Thursday, December 5th 2020 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

Coastal communities impacted by Typhoon Yutu:
Thursday, December 5th 2020 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. EST /
Friday, December 6th 2020 at 9:30-10:30 a.m. ChST

Webinar Recording:

Pre-Application Information:

- Full Proposal Du​e Date: ​Wednesday 15, 2020 by 11:59 PM EDT
- ​Review Period: ​January - February 2020
- ​​​​​Awards Announced: ​March 2020

A 1:1 non-federal match cash and/or in-kind services is strongly encouraged, however, due to the emergency nature of the funding and immediate need for project implementation they are not required.

Applicant Information:
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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.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Northern Mariana Islands (USA)