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Now Open: FY16 Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach Grant Opportunity

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The NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) is proud to announce that our annual “Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach” Federal Funding Opportunity is now open. The MDP intends to support marine debris prevention projects that use education and outreach to increase awareness of the marine debris issue. Projects awarded through this grant competition will work to address a specific marine debris issue by encouraging changes in behavior. Additionally, successful projects will develop and implement activities to reduce and prevent marine debris by working with students, teachers, industries, or the public, and engage these groups in active personal participation (such as cleanup events, etc.).

Typical project awards will range from $30,000 to $75,000, with total funding of up to $750,000 expected to be available. NOAA anticipates between 5 and 15 awards will be granted and will not accept proposals with a budget less than $15,000 or more than $100,000. A one-to-one match is also required.

In accordance with the Marine Debris Act, eligible applicants include state, local, and tribal governments whose activities affect research or regulation of marine debris and any institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, or commercial (for-profit) organization with expertise in a field related to marine debris. Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Foreign organizations and foreign public entities are not eligible to apply. All projects must take place within the United States or territories or their respective waterways.

Deadline (including important new information for this year’s competition)
This funding opportunity requires a 2 page, letter of intent (pre-proposal) to be submitted before full proposals will be invited. Letters of intent must be received via e-mail (as an attachment per instructions in the FFO) no later than 11:59pm EDT, October 26, 2015. If invited per the instructions in this announcement, full proposals must be received and validated by, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service on or before 11:59 p.m. EST, January 19, 2016.

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

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.

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