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Now Open: FY17 Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grant Opportunity


The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to announce our “Community-based Marine Debris Removal” federal funding opportunity. This opportunity provides funding to support locally-driven, marine debris assessment and removal projects that will benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources. Projects awarded through this grant competition implement on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, with priority for those targeting medium- to large-scale debris, including derelict fishing gear and abandoned and derelict vessels. There is also a secondary priority for projects that conduct post-removal habitat monitoring to assess the beneficial impacts of debris removal. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA works to foster awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contributes to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution, and impacts. To apply for this grant opportunity, visit

For more information about the program’s competitive federal funding opportunities, visit our website.

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: FY17 Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grant Opportunity

  1. Is this funding available to Surfrider Pacific Rim, located Vancouver Island BC, Canada?

    • Thanks for your interest in our Marine Debris Removal Federal Funding Opportunity! To apply for this opportunity, you need to be a U.S.-based organization. So, a U.S. branch of your Surfrider organization (which we’ve worked with many times!) is eligible, but branches based outside the U.S. are not. For more detailed information about applicant eligibility, read the full announcement on Thanks for your interest in marine debris and for your efforts to combat it. Keep up the good work!

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