Coastal and Natural Resource Management

The Coastal and Natural Resource Management category provides funding links to Web sites focusing on coastal hazards, habitat restoration, water quality, watershed protection, and other natural resource protection issues.

Additional NOAA Funding

  • The National Sea Grant Program encourages the wise stewardship of our marine resources through research, education, outreach and technology transfer. The National Sea Grant Program sponsors a variety of marine research through the Sea Grant College Programs and through its National Strategic Investments.
  • The National Undersea Research Program funds oceanography done by scientists who enter the oceans using scuba, robots and submarines. National Undersea Research Program (NURP) researchers explore, sample and live beneath the sea. They study a range of environmental problems and science, from beach erosion to deep sea volcanoes.
  • NOAA's National Ocean Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, in cooperation with Restore America's Estuaries, developed A National Strategy to Restore Coastal and Estuarine Habitat and funding opportunities.
  • NOAA's Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research, part of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, provides scientific information to assist decision makers in meeting the challenges of managing the nation's coastal resources. Through its funding opportunities, the Coastal Ocean Program is making significant strides toward finding the solutions that will protect coastal resources and ensure their availability and well-being for future generations.
  • The NOAA Restoration Center has developed the Community-Based Restoration Program Web page to disseminate information about grant opportunities offered through its funding partnerships. Grant opportunities are posted, on an ongoing basis, as partnerships are developed and funding becomes available.
  • The Climate Program Office was established in October 2005 to oversee the agency's climate portfolio and to manage the competitive research program that funds high-priority science to advance the understanding and prediction of the Earth system and associated climate processes. CPO also supports multi-disciplinary research and assessments designed to foster the effective use of climate information for informed decision making.
  • The Office of Sustainable Fisheries's Financial Services Division administers several financial assistance programs for United States commercial fishermen and other eligible citizens and entities. Specifically, the Financial Services Division manages a national financial assistance program in the form of direct loans, a tax-deferred capital construction fund, and vessel and gear loss and damage compensation programs. In addition, the Financial Services Division administers the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program.

Other Federal Agency Funding

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 1999 Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection is a searchable database. The database highlights federal grants and loans that may be used at the local level to support watershed projects, including coastal waters, conservation, and pollution prevention, and contains references to other publications and Web sites on funding and technical assistance.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center for Environmental Research'smission is to support high-quality research by the nation's leading scientists that will improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues and help EPA achieve its goals. The Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program supports this mission by competitively funding research grants and graduate fellowships in numerous environmental science and engineering disciplines. There are four formal solicitation periods during the year: January, April, August, and October.
  • The EPA National Estuary Program (NEP) Funding Mechanisms Web page contains information about the EPA's Environmental Finance Program, funding wetland protection through the Clean Water state revolving fund, and funding for nonpoint source/estuary enhancement projects.
  • EPA's Office of Air and Radiation's funding database provides various funding opportunities to improve the nation's air quality. Funding opportunities range from climate related items to smart growth to retrofitting vehicles.
  • EPA's Office of Water has various programs to improve the nation's water quality. Through the Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act of 2000, funding is available to eligible states to develop programs to monitor water quality at their beaches and to notify the public when water quality problems are detected. Other funding sources available from the EPA's Office of Water include wetland protection grants, nonpoint source pollution grants, and many others.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration.
  • FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program provides grants to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa for state and local (including Native American governments) hazard mitigation planning.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water Quality Information Center Funding Sources for Water Quality Web page contains links to many federal grant opportunities including those from the Department of Interior (Bureau of Reclamation, Fish & Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Service), the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) works to protect, manage, and restore habitat by providing grants, financial assistance, technical assistance, and partnerships. This Web site is a portal to many FWS grants: coastal, wetland conservation, endangered species, sport fish and wildlife conservation, bird habitat conservation, neotropical migratory bird conservation, and even grants to private land owners for habitat conservation.

Nonprofit Funding

  • Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve the nation's network of estuaries by protecting and restoring the lands and waters essential to the richness and diversity of coastal life. RAE provides funding assistance in two ways: through grants jointly funded with NOAA's Community Restoration Center, and by providing information on often hidden funds through the free, downloadable guide, Funding for Habitat Restoration Projects: A Citizen's Guide.