Coral Reef Conservation Program
To provide matching grants of financial assistance in support of coral reef conservation programs and projects that preserve, sustain, and restore U.S. and international coral reef ecosystems.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2013: Through CFDA 11.482, the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) continued to fund projects proposed by State and Territorial Governments, Non-Governmental Organizations including community groups, and academic Institutions. Funded projects focused on addressing three primary threats to coral reef ecosystems: land-based pollution, fishing impacts, and climate change. Fiscal Year 2014: Through CFDA 11.482, the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) intends to continue to fund projects proposed by State and Territorial Governments,, Non-Governmental Organizations including community groups, and academic Institutions. Funded projects are expected to focus on addressing three primary threats to coral reef ecosystems: land-based pollution, fishing impacts, and climate change. Fiscal Year 2015: The Coral Reef Conservation Program expects to continue funding coral reef conservation projects proposed by a variety of recipients, with a focus on addressing three primary threats to coral reef ecosystems: land-based pollution, fishing impacts and climate change. Funding may also be requested to respond to new or emerging management issues related to coral reef conservation.
Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, 16 U.S.C 6401-6403.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, commercial organizations, local and Indian tribal government agencies, foreign governments, relevant Regional Fishery Management Councils (i.e., Caribbean Fishery Management Council, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council), and State, Territorial and Commonwealth resource management agencies that were appointed by their respective Governors to serve as the primary point of contact agencies for coral reef conservation activities in each of the jurisdictions of American Samoa, Florida, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Organizations and individuals with professional expertise in managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems in the U.S. and internationally.
Proposals with statements of work and estimated budgets. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circulars (1) A-21 for agreements with education institutions; (2) A-87 for State and local governments; and (3) A-122 for nonprofit institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-applications are required for some funding categories. Environmental impact information is required for this program for projects that are not covered by the CRCP’s PEA/FONSI. E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs" applies to some of the funding categories administered by the CRCP. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. 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.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 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 forwarded directly to the applicable federal program. Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.
Awards are made on the basis of proposals evaluations, technical reviews and administrative reviews, if applicable.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 150 to 210 days after the proposal submission deadline.
No-cost 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 extensions requests. After preliminary negotiation on proposed projects and extensions, formal written reprogramming and extension requests should be received by the federal program office 45 days prior to the end date of the award. The federal program office will not recommend approval for any retroactive extension request (received after the end date of the award). Recipients should submit one extension request per award. With sufficient justification, the federal program office will recommend approval of a no-cost extension. Although the federal program office discourages extensions of more than 12 months, the federal program office may recommend approval in some cases. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the total discretion of the Department.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are subject to office evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and externals reviews, if applicable. Recommendations for funding to the selecting official take into consideration factors such as scientific/technical merit, applicability to the goals of NOAA CRCP and jurisdictional partners, direct benefit to coral reef resources and ecosystems, past performance of the recipient, cost-effectiveness, adequacy of the project implementation plan, and availability of matching funds, as described in annual Federal Funding Opportunity notices for each competition.
How may assistance be used?
Awards made under this program may be used to support programmatic and project expenses related to coral reef conservation activities conducted by U.S. States and Territories, Regional Fishery Management Councils with jurisdiction over coral reefs, and International partners in four key regions, and project costs associated with research studies and conservation activities undertaken by other eligible non-governmental partner organizations in the U.S. The Coral Reef Conservation Act (16 USC§6403) stipulates that at least 40% of funding must go to recipients in the Pacific and at least 40% must go to recipients in the Atlantic/Caribbean. In addition, §6403(g) requires that only projects that are consistent with the National Coral Reef Action Strategy and meet the ten specific criteria listed in that section may be funded through this program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are required on a semi-annual basis. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
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 will be retained in accordance with 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24 for institutions of higher education, other non-profit organizations, and for State and local governments.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Per the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 (16 USC 6401 et seq; specifically §6403) Federal funds may not exceed 50% of the total cost of a project unless a waiver to this requirement is obtained by the applicant. Provision of a waiver is at the discretion of the CRCP Program Manager, who was delegated authority for this purpose by the NOAA Administrator. Matching funds contributed by the applicant may be comprised of cash, in-kind contributions and/or other non-cash support.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Support for projects may be provided for periods up to 3 years in annual increments. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released as required and agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document applicable to each grant.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. John Christensen, Program Manager, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East-West Hwy, SSMC4-N/ORM1, Silver Spring, MD 20910. (301) 713-3155. Jenny Waddell, Grants and External Funding Coordinator and CRCP Federal Program Officer, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East-West Hwy, SSMC4-N/ORM1, Silver Spring, MD 20910. (301) 713-3155. Jennifer Koss, Federal Program Officer, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program and NMFS Office of Habitat Conservation, 1315 East-West Hwy, SSMC4-N/ORM1, Silver Spring, MD 20910. (301) 713-4300.
Jenny Waddell, 1305 East-West Hwy, SSCMC4-N/ORM1, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 713-3155.
(Salaries) FY 13 $5,275,334; FY 14 est $5,207,348; and FY 15 est $6,900,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Allowable costs 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 CRF Part 24 for state and local governments. Further guidelines are outlined in Department Administrative Order 203-36, dated May 15, 1985 (Department of Commerce Grants Administration) and also the NOAA Grants and Cooperative Agreement Policy Manual. The CRCP Grant Program Implementation Guidelines are also applicable to these awards. The guidelines were first published in 2002; final revised guidelines that reflect the restructured CRCP grant program will be published in the June 2010 Omnibus FRN.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: The grants and cooperative agreements funded through CFDA 11.482 in FY13 continued to support implementation of the Coral Reef Conservation Program’s Goals and Objectives and International Strategy outlined at: http://coralreef.noaa.gov/aboutcrcp/strategy/currentgoals/.
Funded projects focused on reducing the impacts of key threats to coral reef ecosystems and the addressing the specific local coral reef management priorities identified in collaboration with state and territorial partners. Fiscal Year 2014: Projects in FY14 will continue to support the Coral Reef Conservation Program’s Goals and Objectives and International Strategy as outlined at: http://coralreef.noaa.gov/ aboutcrcp/strategy/ currentgoals/. Funded projects are expected to focus on key threats to coral reef ecosystems and the specific local coral reef management priorities identified in collaboration with state and territorial partners. For information about these priorities, please see: http://coralreef.noaa.gov/ aboutcrcp/strategy/reprioritization/managementpriorities/. Fiscal Year 2015: Funded projects will support continued implementation of the Coral Reef Conservation Program’s Goals and Objectives and International Strategy outlined at: http://coralreef.noaa.gov/aboutcrcp/strategy/currentgoals and address established local coral reef management priorities identified in collaboration with state and territorial partners.