Office for Coastal Management
To support projects aimed at developing a science-based, multi-dimensional approach that will allow for the maintenance or improvement of environmental quality while at the same time allowing for economic growth.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
The NOAA Office for Coastal Management funded $10,000,000 in NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants in FY 2016 and 2017 to ramp up the nation’s ability to address existing and emerging coastal challenges. Recipients include state and local government agencies and nonprofits. They will use these funds to improve their respective region’s ability to prepare for and recover from a variety of coastal threats, including hurricanes, tsunamis, and sea level rise. Project focus areas include flood protection, infrastructure improvement, restoration of coastal habitat, and proactive community planning initiatives. The emphasis is on protecting life and property, safeguarding people and infrastructure, strengthening the economy, and conserving and restoring coastal and marine resources. The awards cover 17 states and Puerto Rico. Over 350 coastal communities will be impacted, and 1,100 acres of habitat will be restored and used to enhance flood protection.Fiscal Year 2016
No current data available In fiscal years 2015 and 2016 the Office for Coastal Management, Pacific Islands, located in Honolulu, provided competitive grants through the Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Hawaii program to foster the development of innovative science programs, partnerships and products throughout the State of Hawaii, as well as support environmental education efforts that align with national and state education standards. B-WET Hawaii projects focused on providing meaningful outdoor experiences for students and professional development opportunities for teachers that target understanding earth system sciences, hazards, community resilience, and climate change. The Bay Watershed and Education Program, sponsored a 2015 grant with the University of Hawaii to support student investigations in marine science. The He'eia Ahupua'a project provided a framework for both developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, (STEM) education programs in a new way, and a model for cross-disciplinary work within the university culture. It also catalyzed partnerships between the university, local schools and communities, and provided valuable K-12 teaching experiences for young emerging scientists, fostered future interdisciplinary interests and improved abilities in communicating science to diverse audiences. The Bay Watershed, Education, and Training program sponsored a 205 project with the University of Hawaii titled “The Kaneohe Ahupuaa Ridge-to-Reef Project (KARRP): An Environmental Science Education, Stewardship and Research Program for High School Juniors and Seniors in Hawaii.” The project offered college-level summer experience in environmental science education and research for high school juniors and seniors during the summer of 2015. Through an intensive six-week summer program, the investigators broadened students understanding of the Kaneohe Bay watershed and coral reef ecosystem, introduced them to new scientific research areas, added to their knowledge of current scientific methodology, research techniques, and scientific tools, and encouraged environmental stewardship. The Office for Coastal Management – Pacific Islands, is continuing to manage the competitive Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Hawaii program to foster the development of innovative science programs, partnerships and products throughout the State of Hawaii, as well as support environmental education efforts that align with national and state education standards (subject to the availability of funding).Fiscal Year 2018
In fiscal year 2017 the Office for Coastal Management, Pacific Islands, located in Honolulu, provided competitive grants through the Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Hawaii program to foster the development of innovative science programs, partnerships and products throughout the State of Hawaii, as well as support environmental education efforts that align with national and state education standards. B-WET Hawaii projects focused on providing meaningful outdoor experiences for students and professional development opportunities for teachers that target understanding earth system sciences, hazards, community resilience, and climate change.
Commerce and Trade, 15 U.S.C. 1540
Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, 16 U.S.C. 1456c
Navigation and Navigable Waters, 33 U.S.C. 1442
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Institutions of higher educations, hospitals, other nonprofits, for-profit organizations, foreign public entities, foreign organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments
The Department of Commerce has adopted the OMB Uniform Guidance codified at 2 C.F.R. Part 200, which includes relevant cost principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs."An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Proposals should be submitted through Grants.gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application packages will then be submitted directly to the applicable federal program. Proposals are subject to the requirements of 2 C.F.R. Part 200
Awards are made on the basis of proposal evaluations, technical reviews and administrative reviews, if applicable.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Funding recommendations from the NOAA program office to the NOAA Grants Management Division are generally made: o 3 to 5 months after competitive applications are received o Within a month after formula and non-competitive applications are received Processing of awards by the NOAA Grants Management Division generally takes place within two months after recommendations are received from the NOAA program office. Successful applicants typically receive federal financial assistance awards offers 2 to 4 months after the NOAA program office submits award recommendations to the NOAA Grants Management Division.
Not applicable unless noted in awards.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are subject to office evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and externals reviews, if applicable, taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and application to the goals of NOAA and the relevant federal program office.
How may assistance be used?
Funds provided under this program may be used in the following areas: 1) Regional Coastal Resilience Program; 2) Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Hawaii program; and 3) Great Lakes Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grants.
The Office for Coastal Management manages the Regional Coastal Resilience Program to help coastal communities prepare for and recover from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Awarded projects advance resilience strategies that use science-based solutions, demonstrate regional coordination, and create economic and environmental benefits for coastal communities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
A non-Federal entity that expends $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity's fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of the OMB Uniform Guidance (see Subpart F to 2 C.F.R. Part 200).
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub grantees are required to be maintained according to the terms of the agreement. Each non-Federal entity must retain records for three years from the date when the Final expenditure report is submitted.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is typically available to formula recipients for 12 to 18 months with a possible extension not to exceed a project period of 3 total years. Assistance is typically available to competitive recipients for 1 to 5 years. The maximum time that may be granted for recipients to expend and drawdown funds is 5 years. Extension requests will be considered by the federal program office only if the recipient has submitted all required performance reports. At least sixty days prior to the end of the award, recipients must discuss with their federal program officer expected reprogramming and extension requests. After preliminary negotiation on proposed projects and extensions, formal written reprogramming and extension requests must be submitted to the NOAA at least 30 days prior to end date. Recipients should make every effort to submit one extension request for all projects needing an extension (when possible, multiple extension requests should be avoided). With sufficient justification, the federal program office will recommend approval of an extension up to 1 year for the first extension request. First time or cumulative extension requests for more than six months but less than 12 months, will need more compelling justification as to why the project was not completed on time or could not be completed within the first six-month extension. Although the federal program office discourages extensions of more than 12 months, the federal program office will recommend approval in cases where the funds are already obligated. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the total discretion of the Department. Funds are released as agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant; and special award conditions as applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Jeffrey L. Payne, Acting Director, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, 2234 South Hobson Ave., Charleston, SC 29405-2413. Telephone: (843) 740-1207 or contact James Lewis A. Free, Grants Coordinator, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Telephone: (843) 740-1185.
W. Russell Callender
NOS, 1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910 USPhone:
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16$5,520,525.00; FY 17 est $6,089,275.00; FY 18 est $6,089,275.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Widely varies accounting to federal funding opportunity announcement. Contact the relevant federal program for details.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
DOC Grants and Cooperative Agreements Manual. OMB Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (OMB Uniform Guidance), adopted by the Department of Commerce through 2 C.F.R. 1327.101 and which are codified at 2 C.F.R. Part 200 and incorporate relevant cost principles.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
The NOAA Office for Coastal Management managed the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program to fund FY 2016 projects in the following regions: • West Coast • Great Lakes • Northeast • Mid-Atlantic • Southeast • Gulf of Mexico • Pacific West coast projects: $689,850 for the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative to develop vulnerability assessments and improved resilience strategies in seven San Diego County coastal cities (fiscal year 2015 funds). Total project support with match is $1,097,850. $879,255 for Washington Sea Grant and partner organizations to work with Island County, the City ofTacoma, and other communities in Washington State to develop and implement new approaches to enhancing coastal resilience to sea level rise, storm surges, and shoreline erosion (fiscal year 2016 funds). Total project support with match is $1,321 ,435. Great Lakes and Southeast $703,028 for the Association of State Floodplain Managers and the American Planning Association to research options and develop new national planning guidelines for infrastructure investments (fiscal year 2015 funds). Pilot projects are focused on Toledo, Ohio, and Savannah, Georgia. Total project support with match is $1,054,543. Northeast $522,348 for the Cape Cod Commission to develop the economic, social, and environmental information needed to develop climate change adaptation plans (fiscal year 2015 funds). The Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, will serve as a pilot project, and information from this effort will be used as a model for other Cape Cod communities. Total project support with match is $781,275. $891,243 for the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) and the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) to build resilience in coastal New England by documenting and projecting storm impacts, and to advance awareness and implementation of sustainable, nature-based infrastructure management approaches (living shorelines). Total support with match is $1,347,500. Mid-Atlantic $898,656 for the New jersey Department of Environmental Protection to bring state-of-the art professional planning practices and agency and regional coordination to 15 communities (fiscal year 2015 funds). Total project support with match is $1,348,990. $844,487 for the City of Virginia Beach and its partners to implement a prioritized list of adaptation strategies to address sea level rise across the four watersheds and develop a finely tuned public engagement process to share best practices across the Hampton Roads region (fiscal year 2016 funds). Total project support with match is $1,743,927. $514,507 for MARCO, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, to enable partners and coastal and ocean stakeholders from New York to Virginia to implement a holistic approach to enhancing climate and coastal resilience by better understanding how changing ocean conditions impact coastal communities and economies (fiscal year 2016 funds). Total project support with match is $771,760.Fiscal Year 2017