Funding Opportunities

John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program

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One to three years
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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.


Responders assess a group of white-sided dolphins during a mass stranding event. Photo courtesy of International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Responders assess a group of white-sided dolphins during a mass stranding event. Photo courtesy of International Fund for Animal Welfare.


Fiscal Year 2018 Prescott Grants 

*Please Note: This nationwide competition closed on October 17, 2017.


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:

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Application Process

Who can apply

Eligible applicants are currently active, authorized participants or researchers in the National Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Eligible applicants must be:

  1. Stranding Agreement holders or their designee organizations.

  2. 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.

  3. 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)]).

  4. 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, the online portal to all federal grant opportunities. Please note that you must be registered with in order to apply for funding online, and the registration process can take several days. See further information  on how to register with For more information about 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

Only submit your proposal by mail if you have extenuating circumstances and are unable to submit it online. 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 13622
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-3283

When to apply

Electronic submissions through must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 17, 2017. Proposals submitted by mail must be postmarked and time-stamped by October 17, 2017. The grant schedule below provides additional information about the timing of the grant cycle stages.



July 24: Announcement of federal funding opportunity posted on

July 24 – October 17: Submission period. Applications must be received by October 17, 2017.

October – January 2018 (12 weeks): Proposals screened for eligibility and required elements; reviewers solicited and assigned to proposals; proposals undergo technical review.


February/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 Fiscal Year 2018.

April – June (2–3 months): Pre-award negotiations with recommended applicants; award files submitted to NOAA Grants Management Division.

June – August: NOAA Grants Officer finalizes Fiscal Year 2018 awards. Award recipients notified via e-mail. Prescott Program Office also notifies non-recipients (via e-mail) after all recipients have been notified.

Need help?

Jaclyn Taylor

1315 East-West Highway
Room 13622
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States

(301) 427-8402