Marine Debris Foundation (MDF) Grant

The Marine Debris Foundation (MDF) is pleased to launch the first round of its Marine Debris Grants! The MDF seeks to address the problem of marine debris through diverse partnerships, initiatives, and creative solutions. It prioritizes grantmaking to eliminate marine debris and plastic pollution, and to augment the efforts and impact of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program.

Eligible Recipients:
The Marine Debris Foundation awards grants in the United States of America and internationally. The MDF understands that many localities and communities are disproportionately impacted by the plastic crisis and, thus, projects in these areas will be given priority. Internationally, the MDF will emphasize funding in the Global South–defined as countries or regions in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania that are low or middle income and historically marginalized.

Eligible Projects: Any proposed project should fit into one or more of the following marine debris/plastic pollution focal areas:

  • Reduction
  • Prevention
  • Removal
  • Assessment

Funding Source:
Marine Debris Foundation

Funding Amount:
For this open call, grants will be given for up to $30,000 per award.

Application Deadline:
The grant application is open between July 3, 2023 and August 31, 2023 11:59pm Pacific Time. Applicants will be notified if they will move forward to the next phase of the process no later than September 30, 2023.

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NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program supports the development and implementation of locally-driven, marine debris assessment, removal and prevention projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and marine and Great Lake resources.

Eligible Recipients:
Eligible applicants for projects taking place in the United States, territories, or Freely Associated States (or their adjacent waterways), are state, local, tribal, territory, and freely associated state governments whose activities affect research or regulation of marine debris. Equally eligible are any institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, or commercial (for-profit) organization with expertise in a field related to marine debris.

Eligible Projects:

Projects awarded through this grant competition will actively engage and educate a target audience (such as students, teachers, elected officials, etc.) in hands-on programs designed to raise awareness, reduce barriers to marine debris prevention (e.g., lack of access to waste receptacles or alternatives to single-use items), and encourage and support changes in behaviors to ensure long-term prevention of marine debris. Projects awarded through this competition may be implemented throughout all United States coastal, marine, and Great Lakes areas; the coastal and marine areas of United States territories and Freely Associated States, or; within coastal areas of Mexico or Canada as long as benefits to United States resources, navigation, or economy can be clearly demonstrated.

Funding Source:
National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Funding Amount:
Funding of up to $5,000,000 is expected to be available for Marine Debris Prevention grants in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. The typical funding level for the federal share of project awards ranges from $50,000 – $400,000.

Funding Deadline:
This funding opportunity requires a Letter of Intent to be submitted for competitive review before a full proposal can be submitted. LOIs must be received via e-mail as an attachment (to no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, October 29, 2021. If invited per the instructions in this announcement, full proposals must then be submitted through and validated by on or before11:59 p.m. EST, February 11, 2022. Due to limited staffing of federal offices, hardcopy LOIs or full applications will not be accepted. Please follow all LOI submission guidelines and instructions outlined in the notice of funding opportunity.

Amanda Dwyer
1305 East-West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3281

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