Marine Sanctuary Program

To provide educational outreach to the citizens of the United State of America on ocean awareness through numerous competitive and non competitive grants to foundations, local public schools, scholarships, universities and many other entities.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
11.429
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Types of Assistance
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions
To provide educational outreach to the citizens of the United State of America on ocean awareness through numerous competitive and non competitive grants to foudnations, local public schools, scholarships, universities and many other entities.
Authorization
National Marine Sanctuaries Amendments Act of 2000, Public Law 106-513; National Marine Sanctuaries Preservation Act of 1996 , Public Law 104-283; Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, Title 3, Public Law 92-532, 16 U.S.C 1431.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants can apply BWET and Great Lake Competitive Grants. Applicants must act in good faith, and look for potential grants in Grants.gov to apply. States, local governments, regional agencies, interstate agencies, K-through-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, commercial and nonprofit organizations, Indian tribal Governments, or other persons. Agreements to solicit private donations may only be made with nonprofit organizations. Scholarships are awarded to individuals who are U.S. citizens and have been admitted to a masters or doctorate program for studies in Marine Biology, Maritime Archaeology, and Oceanography.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Financial assistance is made for a public purpose. The ultimate beneficiary is the public. The scholarship program benefits individuals who do not have the financial means of pursuing graduate level studies and, in turn, ensures that women and minorities are representative in the areas supported by the scholarship program.
Credentials/Documentation
Proposal with statement of work and budget estimate. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87 for State and local governments, A-21 for educational institutions and A-122 for nonprofit organizations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
The standard application forms, as furnished by NOAA and required by 15 CFR Part 24, must be used when applying for Federal funding. These forms can be obtained from the NOAA Grants Management Division. Informal preapplication conferences are recommended. Consultation and assistance is available from NOAA in the preparation of an application. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. For the scholarships to individuals, there is no preapplication requirement. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Proposals are submitted through Grants.Gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity Number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. For cooperative agreements and competitive awards, the application package will be submitted directly to the National Marine Sanctuary Program. For scholarships, the application package will be submitted directly to the NOS Office of the assistant Administrator. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110, for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments. The Bay Watershed Education and Training Program Awards are competitively selected. The application process is described in the annual Federal Register Notice. For the scholarship program, the application process is described in the annual Federal Register Notice.
Award Procedure
The cooperative agreement and competitive grants awards are approved by the National Marine Sanctuary Program. Scholarship awards are approved by NOS Associate Assistant Administrator for Management.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Appeals
No formal procedure.
Renewals
The National Marine Sanctuary Program may renew funding for existing grants that were funded in the previous application process. New grants may be awarded pending successful review of a new application package, and adequate progress reports and/or site visits.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are usually made for a 1 year period. Funds are released as required. However, there are instances when the recipient will request extensions due to projects taking longer than usual to complete. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: as required.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Financial Status Reports and Performance Reports are required quarterly or semi-annually. For the scholarships, an annual Progress Report is required and a final Progress Report is required at the end of the award. For the competitive awards, Financial and Performance Reports are semi-annually and a comprehensive final Progress Report is required at the end of the award.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub grantees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement. The grantee must retain records for three years from the date when the Final expenditure report is submitted.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: The ONMS supported National Foster Scholarship Program will continue to offer funds to graduate students who are continuing their studies in ocean conservation and marine science. The ONMS will continue to support B-WET grants to expand ocean conservation program in coastal communities. Funding for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, B-WET grants and the Northwest Tribes are likely to continue in FY14. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
13-1450-0-1-306.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 12 $7,332,039; FY 13 est $4,605,623; and FY 14 est $4,510,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
15 CFR Part 922. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for state and local governments.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
None. Regional or Local Office. Local Offices at each sanctuary.
Headquarters Office
Priti Brahma NOAA Office of Education, Route: OED, Bldg SSMC3 Room 10725, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: 3017139437 x118 Fax: priti.brahma@noaa.gov
Website Address
http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/scholarships_opps.html
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: The Nancy Foster Scholarships will continue to provide much needed education scholarships for marine science. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will continue to provide crucial outreach and education support various ocean conservation and marine science projects. Depending upon budgets, B-WET California will be funded again, and these grants will continue to provide excellent outreach and education awareness on ocean conservation as they serve their local communities and provide young students programs in which they can use to promote ocean awareness. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
A set of ranking criteria was developed to establish the priority of proposed efforts funded through the National Marine Sanctuary Program. The criteria include: (1) importance of the information or transaction for sanctuary management decisions; (2) date of the available information or accomplishment for which funds are expended; (3) status of information or accomplishment; and 4) generic applicability of information or techniques receivable from effort. Criteria for scholarships include financial need, academic record, recommendations, organizational, analytical, and written communications skills based on the statement of intent, and research and career goals and objectives as described in the statement of intent. Criteria for Monterey Bay Watershed Education and Training Program competitive awards include: (1) Importance and/or relevance and applicability of proposal to the program goals; (2) Technical Merit; (3) Overall qualifications for applicants; (4) Project costs, and (5) Financial need of student.
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