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Now Open: FY15 Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach Grant Opportunity


By: Marine Debris Program staff

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to announce our annual “Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach” Federal Funding Opportunity.

The NOAA MDP seeks to fund projects that will lead to the prevention of marine debris in marine and coastal environments through the implementation of dedicated education and outreach activities. Projects awarded through this grant competition are expected to educate the public about marine debris through proposals including, but not limited to:

  1. encouraging changes in behavior to reduce and address marine debris;
  2. developing and implementing activities to reduce and prevent marine debris working with students, teachers, industries, and the public, and,
  3. engaging the public in active, personal participation (e.g. a small-scale shoreline cleanup with students or other hands-on activities, etc.).


Typical project awards will range from $30,000 – $75,000. NOAA will NOT accept proposals with a budget less than $15,000 or more than $100,000 under this solicitation. The anticipated number of awards ranges from five to twelve.

Eligible applicants include: U.S. institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, commercial (for-profit) organizations, and state, local and tribal governments. Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. International organizations are not eligible.

To download the official Federal Funding Opportunity along with complete eligibility requirements, please visit Grants Online by clicking here:

The deadline for applications to this funding opportunity is 11:59:59 pm EST on January 15, 2015. Applications must be submitted online via

For further guidance and applicant assistance with this Federal Funding Opportunity, visit our MDP Funding: Applicant and Grantee Resources Page:

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

2 thoughts on “Now Open: FY15 Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach Grant Opportunity

  1. I would love to apply for the Grant as I work for Harrison County Sand Beach Dept. on the Ms. Gulf Coast.

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