Funding Opportunities

NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants

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Award Period
Up to three years
Award amounts range from $75,000 to $2 million
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The NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants program, jointly administered by NOAA’s National Ocean Service and NOAA Fisheries, implements projects that build resilient U.S. coastal communities and ecosystems.

Resilience is the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events such as extreme weather or long-term changing environmental conditions. This program is intended to build resilience through projects that conserve and restore sustainable ecosystem processes and functions and reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities and infrastructure from the impacts of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.

Application Process

Who can apply

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, U.S. territories and states, Native American tribes, and local governments including counties, municipalities, and cities. To be eligible under this competition, applicants must conduct projects in U.S. coastal areas. For the purposes of this program, coastal areas are defined as those within coastal shoreline counties or coastal watershed counties. Coastal shoreline counties are directly adjacent to the open ocean, major estuaries, or the Great Lakes. Coastal watershed counties are located along inland rivers and streams with a significant impact on coastal and ocean resources.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a pre-proposal by email to Full proposals will only be accepted from eligible applicants that received an invitation to submit a full proposal based on the strength of their pre-proposal. Full proposals should be submitted through the website. The format and content of the pre-proposal and full proposal are described in the Federal Funding Opportunity announcement posted to The full announcement can be downloaded from the "related documents" tab.

When to apply

Pre-proposals are due by 11:59 PM Eastern time, on March 7, 2018. Full proposals from eligible applicants should be submitted through by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the date to be provided directly to eligible applicants.



January 24: Publication of Federal Funding Opportunity.

March 7: Deadline for pre-proposal submissions.

March: Pre-proposal review and notification to applicants.

Early May: Full proposals due (date sent directly to eligible applicants).

June 30: Recommended applications submitted to NOAA’s Grants Management Division.

July: Public announcement of recommended applications. Notifications made to unsuccessful applicants.

July-September: Awards finalized by NOAA Grants Official and award recipients formally notified.

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