Frequently Asked Questions - FY2019 Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the FY2019 Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants.
When are proposals due?
Updated - 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 has NOT been modified, as all electronic and postal systems were available to accept pre-proposals. 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.
Will matching contributions be required for this program?
While there is no statutory matching requirement for this funding, NOAA typically leverages its federal funding with matching contributions and/or partnerships from a broad range of sources in the public and private sector to implement locally important coastal habitat restoration. To this end, applicants are encouraged to demonstrate a 1:1 non-federal match for NOAA funds requested to conduct the proposed project.
Who is eligible to apply for this program?
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, for profit organizations, foreign public entities and foreign organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Federal agencies are strongly encouraged to work with states, non-governmental organizations, municipal and county governments, conservation corps organizations, and others that are eligible to apply.
What is the minimum and maximum NOAA funding request?
NOAA will not accept proposals with a NOAA federal funding request of less than $75,000 or more than $3 million over a three-year award period.
What types of projects will be supported by this funding?
Restoration includes activities that return degraded or altered marine, estuarine, coastal, and freshwater, migratory fish habitats to functioning conditions, and techniques that return NOAA trust species to their historic habitats.
When can funded projects start?
October 1, 2019 is the earliest potential award start date. Funded activities cannot begin prior to the award start date.
Are there ineligible project types?
Yes, a complete list is in Section III.C of the FFO. Some examples include land acquisition, marine debris removal, and projects that address only water quality improvement measures.
Will proposals that seek to restore habitat important to species such as forage fish be considered?
Yes, all projects that propose to restore coastal habitat for estuarine and marine species, including forage fish or prey of species managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act or listed under the Endangered Species Act, are eligible for funding and will be considered through the proposal evaluation criteria (Section V.A.5 of the FFO).
Can projects in the Great Lakes be funded?
No. There are other funding opportunities available to fund restoration in the Great Lakes region (See Section III.C of the FFO). The 2019 Great Lakes FFO will be available soon.
Is there a limit on the number of proposals from any one applicant, geographic area or region?
No. There is no limit on the number of proposals from any one applicant, geographic area, or region.
Will a letter from my state's governor be required?
No, a letter from your state governor is not required. However, letters of support from a diverse set of stakeholders may enhance the proposal’s score in the Outreach and Education criteria (See Section V.A.5 of the FFO).
Will NOAA ensure geographic distribution of selected awards?
The NOAA Selecting Official will select proposals in rank order unless a proposal is justified to be selected out of rank order based upon standard selection factors outlined in the FFO, including the availability of funding and balanced distribution of funds according to geography, type of partners, research/focus areas, and project types.
Will there be another Community-based Restoration Program Federal Funding Opportunity issued next year (2020)?
Yes, we plan to issue another Federal Funding Opportunity, depending on funding appropriated by Congress for the program. In 2020, funding appropriated to the Community-based Restoration Program will be used to both run another competition and to support the progress of projects awarded under this 2019 competition.