Sunday, August 9, 2009

NOAA Restoration Center National and Regional Partnership Grants

The NOAA Restoration Center is currently soliciting applications for new three-year national and regional Partnerships to invest funding in the restoration of coastal and marine habitat nationwide, from 2010-2012. Through this solicitation, the NOAA Restoration Center seeks to openly compete funding available for multi-year national and regional habitat restoration Partnerships that will result in implementation of a wide-range of habitat restoration projects -- from locally-driven, hands-on projects that emphasize stewardship, to mid-scale, watershed-scale projects that yield significant ecological and socioeconomic benefits.

NOAA envisions working jointly on such Partnerships through its Community-based Restoration Program (CRP) to identify, evaluate, fund, and administer projects that offer a broad range of ecological, socio-economic and stewardship benefits to coastal communities. Partnership applications selected through this announcement will be implemented through multi-year cooperative agreements, and will ultimately involve joint selection of community-based habitat restoration projects funded as sub-awards made through the partner organization. Funding of approximately $10 million is expected to be available for cooperative restoration Partnerships in 2010, with annual funding anticipated to maintain these for up to three years. Typical Partnership awards will range from $500,000 to $1,000,000 per year.

* Applications due September 30, 2009

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