NOAA Seeks Applications for Community-based Habitat Restoration Project Funding

November 14, 2018

$6 million in Community-based Restoration Program funding available for coastal and marine habitat restoration in 2019.


Volunteers work on a community-based oyster restoration project in North Carolina.

NOAA is seeking proposals from non-federal partners for habitat restoration projects that will restore coastal ecosystems. The selected projects will support species recovery and help rebuild fish populations, and likely yield community and economic benefits.

New for this funding opportunity is the requirement of a pre-proposal. The pre-proposal process will help determine if proposed projects are well-suited for this specific funding competition and if a full proposal is warranted. Pre-proposals are due January 14, 2019. The full proposal deadline in April 2019 will be sent to eligible applicants that were successful in the pre-proposal process.

Funded projects will help fish stocks managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and threatened and endangered species listed under the Endangered Species Act. They’ll also benefit recreational species, as described in the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy. Investing ecosystem-based approaches to habitat restoration and recovery also leads to real, lasting differences for communities, businesses, and the environment.


Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Since its inception in 1996, the NOAA Community-based Restoration program has provided more than $160 million to implement more than 2,000 coastal habitat restoration projects. By partnering with more than 2,500 organizations, we have restored more than 86,000 acres of habitat for fish and opened 3,800 stream miles for fish passage. These partnerships leverage and coordinate resources, and maximize the impact of habitat restoration. See a list of current and past community-based restoration projects.

NOAA will not accept proposals with a federal funding request of less than $75,000 or more than $3 million over a three year project period. For more information visit the Fiscal Year 2019 Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants funding opportunity.


Priorities for Habitat Restoration Grants

The following information relates to one or more Federal Funding Opportunities (FFOs) published by the NOAA Restoration