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Cooperative Agreements to USA Tribes, Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs for Habitat Conservation in Underserved Communities

Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Tribes and Underserved Communities, Under the BIL and IRA


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
CFDA Number: 11.463
Funding or PIN Number: NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2023-2008173
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Conference Date: 09/26/23
Deadline: 12/19/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA and territories Tribes, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs for habitat conservation activities that benefit underserved communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to engage underserved communities in habitat restoration activities that promote resilient ecosystems and communities.

The principal objective of this funding opportunity is to support opportunities for tribes, and/or tribal entities, and underserved communities to meaningfully engage in coastal habitat restoration activities. Funding will prioritize capacity building, science support, and restoration project activities that enhance resilience of tribes, tribal entities, and underserved communities and have the greatest potential to lead to habitat restoration in coastal, estuarine, marine, and Great Lakes areas.

Projects that are most responsive to the program priorities will be more competitive. Potential activities include: 1) Capacity building, which may include (but is not limited to) participation in municipal or regional-scale resilience planning, project planning and feasibility studies, stakeholder engagement, proposal development for future funding, and outreach and education, as well as hiring of staff to increase capacity to support the planning, design and implementation of restoration actions, as well as capacity to support overall award management including tracking, reporting, and project coordination/development; 2) actionable science support, such as the collection and/or analysis of climate, habitat or other community- or conservation-related data that informs planning and decision making and/or future restoration actions of tribes, tribal entities, and/or underserved communities; and/or 3) restoration project activities, including for demonstration projects, which may include engineering and design, permitting, on-the-ground restoration, and pre- and post-project implementation monitoring. Competitive applications will directly benefit tribes or underserved communities. Applicants may apply for funding to support one or more of these activities.

For further program details see p. 5 of the NOFO in Attached Files.

Program Priorities:

  1. Enhancing habitat in support of ecosystem and community resilience.
  2. Increasing organizational and technical capacity of tribes, tribal entities, and/or underserved communities, to lead and/or participate in habitat restoration activities.

For further details on program priorities, see p. 9 of the NOFO in Attached Files.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are tribes, applicants that can demonstrate status as a tribal entity, an underserved community, or entities that partner with tribes, tribal entities, and/or underserved communities such as institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, commercial (for profit) organizations, U.S. territories, and state, local, and Native American and Alaska Native tribal governments.

As part of their applications, applicants must demonstrate their status as, or connection to, a tribe, tribal entity, and/or an underserved community. This status or connection will be reviewed by NOAA as part of the initial eligibility review, and through the application merit review process. NOAA will validate the applicant’s description against publicly available demographic and economic data.

Federal agencies or employees may serve as unfunded collaborative project partners. Foreign entities should participate as partners (contractors, sub-recipients, or informal collaborators) of a prime recipient based in the U.S.

Applicants must propose work in coastal, estuarine, marine, or Great Lakes areas. Eligible applicants for Great Lakes projects must propose work within one of the eight U.S. Great Lakes states (New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota). Applications that propose projects in the Commonwealth and Territories of the United States, for this funding opportunity defined as American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, are eligible, but those in the Freely Associated States (the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia) are not eligible to submit an application.

For further eligibility information, see p. 12 of the NOFO in Attached Files.

Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered.

For ineligible project proposal types and activities, see p. 15 of the NOFO in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Three live webinars with information for potential applicants will be held:

September 15 at 3-4 PM Eastern / 2-3 PM Central / 12-1 PM Pacific / 11 AM-12 PM Alaska / 9-10 AM Hawaii
Register to attend the September 15 webinar:

Tribal Focused Webinar: September 20 at 3-4 PM Eastern / 2-3 PM Central / 12-1 PM Pacific / 11 AM-12 PM Alaska / 9-10 AM Hawaii
Register to attend the September 20 webinar:

September 26 at 4:30-5:30 PM Eastern / 3:30-4:30 PM Central / 1:30-2:30 PM Pacific / 12:30-1:30 PM Alaska / 10:30-11:30 AM Hawaii
Register to attend the September 26 webinar:

Pre-Application Information
Proposals must be received through by 11:59 PM Eastern time on December 19, 2023.

Electronic applications via are strongly encouraged; however, paper applications will also be considered.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NOAA Restoration Center staff before submitting an application to discuss their NOAA project ideas with respect to technical merit and NOAA's objectives. NOAA will make every effort to respond to prospective applicants on a first come, first served basis. These discussions will not include review of draft proposals or site visits during the application period.

Each applicant (unless the applicant has an exception approved by the federal awarding agency under 2 CFR 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency. Applicants should allow a minimum of two weeks to complete the SAM registration; registration is required only once but must be periodically renewed.

This funding opportunity does not have a formal matching requirement.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
NOAA anticipates typical federal funding for awards will range from $250,000 to $1 million over three years.

NOAA will not accept proposals with a total federal funding request of less than $75,000 or more than $3 million for the entire award.

Term of Contract
NOAA encourages a period of performance of up to three years, with the potential for up to five years, if necessary. Award periods may be extended, at the discretion of NOAA and based on project needs, up to the extent legally allowable. This is typically a maximum award length of five years.

The earliest anticipated start date for awards will be October 1, 2024.

Contact Information
For further information, contact Julia Royster at (301) 427-8686, or by e-mail at

Paper applications should be sent to:
NOAA Restoration Center
NOAA Fisheries (F/HC3)
1315 East West Highway, Rm. 14726
Silver Spring, MD 20910
ATTN: Julia Royster, Competition Manager FY23 Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Tribes and Underserved Communities.

If a prospective applicant is having difficulty downloading the application forms from, contact Customer Support at 1-800-518-4726 or

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