Habitat Conservation

To provide grants and cooperative agreements for habitat conservation activities including coastal and marine habitat restoration and protection.

Projects are funded to carry out public policy pertaining to protection and restoration of the Nation's wetlands and other coastal habitats (including

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Great Lakes habitats), pursuant to the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act as reauthorized in 2006, Endangered Species Act, Estuary Restoration Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act of 1987, Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA), Coral Reef Conservation Act, Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act, and other legislation.

Research and management includes determining the effects of habitat modifications and contaminants on populations of living marine resources, restoring depleted stocks that have been adversely impacted by habitat modifications, determining if artificial or restored habitat fulfills essential habitat needs of living marine resources, and quantifying contaminants and debris that pose a hazard to populations of these animals.
Related Programs11.419 Coastal Zone Management Administration Awards; 11.426 Financial Assistance for National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; 11.441 Regional Fishery Management Councils; 11.457 Chesapeake Bay Studies; 11.469 Congressionally Identified Awards and ProjectsExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - None.

See Appendix IV.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
California Trout Corp $ 105,000   2020-07-012023-06-30
California Trout Corp $ 116,000   2016-07-012021-03-31
National Conservation Leadership Institute, Ltd $ 40,000   2018-09-012020-08-31
California Trout Corp $ 30,000   2017-06-012020-05-31
University Of New Orleans $ 89,278   2016-08-012019-07-31
Florida State University $ 82,738   2016-07-012019-06-30
Renew- Reinventing Education $ 47,462   2015-08-012019-06-30
Born Free Usa, United With Animal Protection Institute $ 75,000   2015-09-012018-12-31
University Of Houston System $ 65,203   2016-07-012018-09-30
Fundacion Marviva $ 46,000   2016-10-012018-07-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can be used by recipients to support a wide variety of habitat restoration, coral reef conservation, construction, management, public education activities, and research for marine and estuarine habitats, especially for species currently under, or proposed for, Federal or inter-jurisdictional management.

Restoration includes, but is not limited to, activities that contribute to the return of degraded or altered marine, estuarine, coastal, and freshwater (diadromous fish) habitats to a close approximation of their function prior to disturbance.

Habitat restoration activities that produce significant ecological habitat features to create buffers or ?green infrastructure? that serve to protect coastal communities from sea level rise, coastal storms and flooding, or that provide adaptation to climate change are also included.

Projects funded under this CFDA primarily support NOAA?s ?Ecosystems? mission support goal of ?Protect, Restore, and Manage Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources through Ecosystem-Based Management.?.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants for assistance include State and local governments, including their universities and colleges; U.S.

territorial agencies; federally and State-recognized Indian Tribal governments; private universities and colleges; private profit and nonprofit research and conservation organizations, and/or individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

This program benefits Federal, State, and interstate marine resource conservation and management agencies; U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States; U.S. and foreign commercial and recreational fishing industries; conservation organizations, academic institutions; international and Indian Tribal treaties; private and public research groups; consumers; and the general public.


Applicants are required to satisfy all DOC/NOAA standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs application and conduct. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Proposals are submitted through Grants.Gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity Number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the Office of Habitat Conservation, or NOAA Coral Conservation Program lead, as appropriate. Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.

Award Procedures

Proposals are initially evaluated by the appropriate NMFS Office/Region/Science Center, or their component laboratories, and are subject to review for technical merit, soundness of design, competency of the applicant to perform the proposed work, potential contribution of the project to national or regional goals, and appropriateness and reasonableness of proposed costs. Projects approved for funding will be submitted to the NOAA Grants Management Division and the Department of Commerce's Office of Federal Assistance for review and approval.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C 661; Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, 16 U.S.C 6403; Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006, 16 U.S.C 1891a; Department of Commerce Appropriation Act of 1999; Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act, 33 U.S.C 1951; Coral Reef Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C 6401 et seq; National Marine Sanctuaries Act, 16 U.S.C 1431; Marine Mammal Protection Act, 16 U.S.C 1382; Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, 16 U.S.C 1451; Department of Commerce Appropriation Act of 1999; Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, 16 U.S.C 1901 et seq; Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, 16 U.S.C 3951 et seq; Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C 1535.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval time is expected to range from 150-180 days, which includes processing of the award through NMFS and NOAA.


Not Applicable.


Grants and cooperative agreements are approved on an annual basis, but may be continued beyond the first segment, subject to approved time frame and scope of work, satisfactory progress, and availability of funds. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Statutory formulas, if any, are specific to programs that fall under this CFDA number. Project costs are funded at up to 100 percent. Grantee matching contributions vary by specific funding opportunity. CWPPRA projects require a 15 percent match by the State of Louisiana at this time. Under the Community-based Restoration Program guidelines, projects are encouraged to demonstrate a minimum nonfederal match of 50 percent of the total cost needed to complete the proposed project to be most competitive. A 1:1 match is required for the General and International Coral Reef Conservation Grant Programs and grants under the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act, although the MDRPR Act allows the NOAA Administrator to waive all or part of the matching requirement in certain instances. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are normally for 12-24 month periods, and vary by specific funding opportunity. Award funds must be spent in the indicated budget period and expended in accordance with DOC/NOAA finance and reporting procedures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released as needed through the automated treasury process (ASAP) or by reimbursement, as indicated in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award.

The Department's Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions may require that financial and performance reports be submitted semi-annually or on some other agreed upon schedule.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Generally, a recipient is required to retain records relating to a particular grant for three years from the date of submission of the final financial report. In cases where litigation, claim or an audit is initiated prior to expiration of the three-year period, records must be retained until the action and resolution of any issues associated with it are complete or until the end of the three-year retention period; whichever is latest.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $75,194,939; FY 17 est $75,194,939; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$15,000 to $36,000,000. Typical award: $35,000 to $200,000; CWPPRA and ARRA awards are among the largest, typically in the millions.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education, with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, and with OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations. For grants management administrative requirements, see 15 CFR 24 (state and local governments) and 2 CFR 215 for other recipients. All recipients will adhere to Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions and NOAA Administrative Standard Award Conditions available at http://www.ago.noaa.gov/ago/grants/external_links.cfm. For awards under the ARRA, recipients will also follow regulations and guidelines stated in Title XV Sec. 1512 of the ARRA.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. See Appendix IV.

Headquarters Office

n/a NOAA Fisheries, Office of Habitat Conservation,1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. CWPPRA: Ms. Cecelia Linder; Telephone (301)713-0174; Fax (301)713-0184; E-mail Cecelia.Linder@noaa.gov. Community-based Restoration Program (CRP): Ms. Robin Bruckner; Telephone (301)713-0174; Fax (301)713-0184; E-mail Robin.Bruckner@noaa.gov. General Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program: Ms. Jennifer Koss; Telephone (301) 713-4300; Fax (301) 713-1043; Email Jennifer.Koss@noaa.gov. International Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program: Scot Frew; 1315 East West Highway, 5th Floor, Room 5826, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Telephone (301) 713-3078; Fax 301-713-4263; E-mail Scot.Frew@noaa.gov., Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: n/a

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are received and projects selected from several sources: Unsolicited proposals; responses to special solicitations in the Federal Register and Grants.gov; or congressionally directed projects. For CWPPRA, the projects to be funded are selected through an annual, publicly-vetted process and ultimately approved by a multi-agency Task Force. Applications submitted through competitions are reviewed based on NOAA's standard criteria which are weighted as announced in specific funding opportunities. These criteria include: Importance and Applicability; Technical/Scientific Merit; Overall Qualifications of Applicants; Project Costs; and Outreach and Education. Regardless of source, applications must undergo rigorous technical review and comply with all OMB, DOC, and NOAA grants policies and procedures. Any financial assistance announcements must be made in the Federal Register; announcement on Grants.gov only is not sufficient.

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