NOAA Seeks Applications for Community-based Habitat Restoration Project Funding

February 05, 2019

$6 million in Community-based Restoration Program funding available for coastal and marine habitat restoration in 2019. In response to the recent lapse in appropriations, NOAA has modified the deadlines and review process for this Federal Funding Opportunity.


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

As of January 30, 2019, NOAA has modified the deadlines and review process for this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) in response to the lapse in appropriations. The original pre-proposal deadline of January 14, 2019 was not modified; however, a pre-proposal is no longer mandatory to submit a full proposal. All applicants who submitted a timely pre-proposal will receive the results of their review, as described in the modified FFO. Review results will be available the first week in March. The original FFO said the closing date would be sent directly to eligible applicants. As all applicants are now eligible to submit full proposals, we are setting the full proposal deadline as April 16, 2019. For more information visit the Fiscal Year 2019 Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants funding opportunity.

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.

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.