From 2001 through 2022, the Program awarded more than $71.2 million in funding through 843 competitive grants to Stranding Network members in 26 states, the District of Columbia, two territories, and two tribes. The Prescott Grant Program provides grants or cooperative agreements to eligible stranding network participants for (1) recovery and treatment (i.e., rehabilitation) of stranded marine mammals; (2) data collection from living or dead stranded marine mammals, and (3) facility upgrades, operation costs, and staffing needs directly related to the recovery and treatment of stranded marine mammals and the collection of data from living or dead stranded marine mammals.
Fiscal Year 2023 Prescott Grants
- Prescott Grant Federal Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2023
- FY2023 Federal Funding Opportunity Supplement - Pathogen Prioritization Download File (PDF, October 2011 - 22 KB)
- Data Management Guidance for Prescott Grant Proposal Writers Download File (PDF, July 2021 - 113 KB)
The Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Act of 2000 amended the Marine Mammal Protection Act to establish the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program.
View funded Prescott Grant Proposals from previous years:
- Program Report: A Decade of Support to Save and Conserve Stranded Marine Mammals (2001-2010), (PDF, 44 pages)
- Program Report: The John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program Report FY 2011–2015 (PDF, 36 pages)
- Program Report: A 5-Year Review of Federal Grant Support to the Marine Mammal Stranding and Entanglement Networks to Respond to and Conserve Entangled and Stranded Marine Mammals (FY 2016-2020)
Recognizing the importance of all of our partners, and the key role of the Prescott Grant Program, NOAA Fisheries shares the accomplishments of six regional recipients.
Who Can Apply?
Eligible applicants are currently active, authorized participants or researchers in the National Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Eligible applicants must be:
Stranding Agreement holders or their designee organizations.
Co-Investigators (CI) authorized as Level 3,4, or 5 large whale entanglement
responders under the MMHSRP’s MMPA/ESA scientific research and enhancement permit;
Holders of researcher authorization letters issued by a Fisheries Regional Administrator and/or of scientific research or enhancement permits under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and/or Endangered Species Act, including co-investigator authorizations;
Eligible federal, state, or local government personnel or tribal personnel (pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act section 109(h) [16 U.S.C. 1379(h)]); or
Diagnostic or service organizations performing services for the stranding network.
An applicant cannot be a current full-time or part-time Department of Commerce or Department of the Interior employee.
How to Apply
Proposals should be submitted through Grants.gov, the online portal to all federal grant opportunities. Please note that you must be registered with Grants.gov in order to apply for funding online, and the registration process can take several days. See further information on how to register with Grants.gov. Note that as of April 4, 2022, all applicants must have a SAM.gov Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).
For more information about Grants.gov and NOAA grants, visit the NOAA Grants Management Division website.
Detailed guidance on how to prepare proposals is provided in the federal funding opportunity. This document should be read carefully to ensure that proposals meet eligibility requirements and are complete upon submission. Complete instructions for preparing and submitting proposals are also available through Grants.gov.
Only submit your proposal by mail if you have extenuating circumstances and are unable to submit it online. Note: please contact the Prescott Grant Program Manager prior to mail submissions so that we can ensure someone will be able to receive the mailed submission in our offices. The address for mail submissions is:
NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources (F/PR2)
Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program
1315 East-West Highway, Room 13604
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-3283
When to Apply
This nationwide competition opened on July 14, 2022, and closed on October 12, 2022. The grant schedule below provides additional information about the timing of the grant cycle stages.
July 14: Announcement of federal funding opportunity for the FY2023 competition posted on Grants.gov.
July 14-October 12, 2022: Submission period. Applications must be received by October 12, 2022.
October – January 2023 (12 weeks): Proposals screened for eligibility and required elements; reviewers solicited and assigned to proposals; proposals undergo technical review.
March (2 days): Program Review Panel meeting convened; funding recommendations made.
March/April (1–2 weeks): Deputy Director reviews proposals and makes final recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2023.
April – June (2–3 months): Pre-award negotiations with recommended applicants; award files submitted to NOAA Grants Management Division.
July – September (2-3 months): NOAA Grants Officer finalizes Fiscal Year 2022 awards. Award recipients notified via e-mail. Prescott Program Office also notifies non-recipients (via e-mail) after all recipients have been notified.