Marine Debris Program
To provide grants and cooperative agreements to help identify, determine sources of, assess, reduce, and prevent marine debris and its adverse impacts on the marine environment and navigation safety within the coastal United States and territories. Awards made under this program will remove marine debris from coastal habitats; explore non-regulatory incentives to reduce the quantity and impacts of derelict fishing gear; support regional coordination among marine debris practitioners, states, and tribes; conduct outreach and education activities aimed at preventing marine debris; develop interagency plans to respond to “severe marine debris events”; assess debris composition, volume, and trajectory in different marine and coastal ecosystems; conduct research and development on marine debris impacts and distribution; and estimate the potential impacts of marine debris on coastal resources, habitats and economies.
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 2014: None. Fiscal Year 2015: None. Fiscal Year 2016: 2016 (anticipated) – the NOAA Marine Debris Program expects to fund 16-30 marine debris removal, prevention and research awards to non-profit organizations, universities, local government agencies, and museums or aquaria. These projects will be funded in accordance with the Marine Debris Act to remove marine debris from coastal ecosystems, conduct outreach activities aimed at changing behavior to prevent marine debris, and address important research questions related to marine debris.
Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act, 33 U.S.C 1951 - 1958, as amended by Marine Debris Act, Public Law 112-213, 126 Stat. 1576.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants for assistance include 1) state and local governments including public universities and colleges; 2) U.S. territorial agencies and organizations; 3) federally and State-recognized Indian Tribal governments; 4) private universities and colleges; 5) private / commercial for-profit organizations; and 6) nonprofit research and conservation organizations.
This program benefits Federal, State, and interstate marine resource conservation and management agencies; U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States; U.S. and foreign commercial and recreational fishing industries; conservation organizations, academic institutions; international and Indian Tribal treaties; private and public research groups; consumers; and the general public.
Applicants are required to satisfy all DOC/NOAA standards and regulations as it relates to applying for and administering financial assistance, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs application and conduct. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement 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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
Proposals are evaluated by the appropriate NOAA subject matter experts, and are subject to review for technical merit, soundness of design, competency of the applicant to perform the proposed work, potential contribution of the project to national or regional goals, and appropriateness and reasonableness of proposed costs. Projects approved for funding will be submitted to the NOAA Grants Management Division and the Department of Commerce's Office of Federal Assistance for review and approval.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
> 180 Days. Refer to the federal funding opportunities posted on www.grants.gov for specific submission and deadline information.
From 60 to 90 days. Grants and cooperative agreements are approved on an annual basis. Financial assistance may be continued beyond the original project period, but cannot exceed 5 years. Such extensions depend on NOAA approval of the project’s scope of work, satisfactory progress toward project goals, and availability of agency funds. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department.
How are proposals selected?
Applications for marine debris removal projects are funded through competitive solicitations for proposals, non-competitive awards, or unsolicited applications for which no competition exists. Proposals are evaluated by at least three individual technical reviewers and scored according to the criteria and weights described in the specific funding opportunity description. These criteria are: Importance and Applicability; Technical/Scientific Merit; Overall Qualifications of Applicants; Project Costs; and Outreach and Education. Reviewer comments, composite project scores, and a rank order of reviewed proposals are presented to the NOAA Marine Debris Program Selecting Official. The Selecting Official, in consultation with NOAA Marine Debris Program staff, will identify the proposals to be recommended to the NOAA Grants Management Division for funding and will determine the amount of funds available for each approved proposal.
How may assistance be used?
Financial assistance can be used to support the implementation of locally-driven marine debris projects that achieve the objectives of the program listed above. These generally include prevention, identification and assessment, research, and removal projects including reducing and preventing fishing gear loss that will benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources. Education and outreach projects directed at stakeholders and the general public are also high priorities for this program. Funds must be spent to carry out the purpose of the program and the award in accordance with the Marine Debris Act.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. The terms and conditions of the financial assistance awarded through these grant programs require regular progress reporting and communication of project accomplishments to MDP. Progress reports contain information related to, among other things, the overall short and long-term goals of the project, project methods and monitoring techniques, actual accomplishments (such as tons of debris removed from an ecosystem, numbers of volunteers participating in a cleanup project, etc.), status of approved activities, challenges or potential roadblocks to future progress, and lessons learned. This information collection enables MDP to monitor and evaluate the activities supported by federal funds to ensure accountability to the public and to ensure that funds are used consistent with the purpose for which they were appropriated. It also ensures that reported information is standardized in such a way that allows for it to be meaningfully synthesized across a diverse set of projects and project types. MDP uses the information collected in a variety of ways to communicate with federal and non-federal partners and stakeholders on individual project and general program accomplishments. The terms and conditions of the financial assistance awarded through these grant programs require regular financial reporting via federal standard form SF-425. Performance monitoring is required as referenced in 2 CFR 200.328 and other associated terms and conditions applicable at the time of award.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503
Generally, a recipient is required to retain records relating to a particular grant for three years from the date of submission of the final financial report. In cases where litigation, claim or an audit is initiated prior to expiration of the three-year period, records must be retained until the action and resolution of any issues associated with it are complete or until the end of the three-year retention period; whichever is latest.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. The Marine Debris Act Section 3 (c) (2) (a) requires that Federal funds for any grant under this section must not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of such project. The non-Federal share of project costs may be provided by in-kind contributions and other non-cash support. The Marine Debris Act allows the NOAA Administrator to waive all or part of the matching requirement in certain instances.
This program does not have MOE requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Award periods are normally for 12-24 months, but may vary. Award funds must be spent in the indicated budget period and expended in accordance with DOC/NOAA finance and reporting procedures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded / released. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released as needed through the Department of Treasury’s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) or by reimbursement, as indicated in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Kadija Baffoe-Harding 1305 East West Highway
SSMC 4 Rm 13267, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Email: Kadija.BaffoeHarding@noaa.gov
Phone: 301-713-3050 Fax: 301-713-4292
(Salaries) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $2,700,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $15,000 - $250,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: None. Fiscal Year 2015: None. Fiscal Year 2016: “Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program in Barataria, Pontchartrain and Terrebonne Basins” - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries proposes a large-scale multifaceted approach to marine debris removal and outreach in 3 basins that are the most heavily fished and also have the greatest need for a derelict trap removal program. The Barataria-Terebonne Basins are part of the National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and are a high priority area for the NOAA Marine Debris Removal Grant. Innovative techniques for the removed traps will be implemented along with multiple opportunities for community involvement and education/outreach. This project incorporates multiple components into one large-scale year round debris clean-up event. Derelict traps will be identified both by sight and the use side scan sonar. LDWF will sponsor two large-scale Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos co-hosted by and BTNEP and LPBF in their respective basins. The Rodeos will occur during the closure period set forth by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and will build upon protocols used in previous years. BTNEP and LPBF will assist LDWF in promoting the events and ensuring high levels of volunteer participation. Field staff will document the GPS coordinates, trap type, mesh size, trap condition (fishable/non-fishable), presence of trap tag and identification, as well as the presence or absence of bycatch. The presence or absence of escape rings and turtle excluder devices will also be documented. Traps containing bycatch will be analyzed for species composition and other characteristics. During derelict crab trap cleanups, gear license numbers will be documented from retrieved crab traps so that LDWF can evaluate the best way to deal with repeat offenders.