NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants


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.

April 30: Competition canceled; notice of cancellation sent to applicants who submitted pre-proposals.

Need Help?

Melanie Gange

Restoration Specialist
Restoration Center
Phone: 301-427-8664

Last updated by Office of Habitat Conservation on 05/25/2018