Funding Opportunities

Volunteers pull a derelict vessel out of vegetation.
Volunteers remove a derelict vessel. Photo: American Littoral Society

The NOAA Marine Debris Program offers several nationwide, competitive funding opportunities for marine debris projects. These include: removal, prevention, and research grants.

Open Opportunities

  • The NOAA Marine Debris Program's FY2021 North America Marine Debris Prevention and Removal grant competition (NOAA-NOS-ORR-2021-2006716) is open and soliciting proposals for review. Applications are due on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, January 29, 2021. Please follow all submission instructions outlined in Section IV.B. the Notice of Funding Opportunity published at

Special Funding Opportunity: North America Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Grants
The Marine Debris Program is seeking applications for projects that address marine debris issues in the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada border areas. The grant competition will focus on projects that prevent or reduce the occurrence of marine debris, and projects that remove marine debris from the environment. Projects that include collaboration with partners in Mexico and/or Canada will be prioritized.

Marine Debris Removal Grants
The Marine Debris Program offers funding that supports locally driven, community-based marine debris removal projects. These projects benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife including migratory fish. View removal projects funded in fiscal year 2020.

Marine Debris Prevention Grants
The Marine Debris Program provides funding to prevent the introduction of marine debris into the marine and coastal environment. Projects awarded through this grant competition will actively engage and educate a target audience 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. View prevention projects funded in fiscal year 2020.

Marine Debris Research Grants
Marine debris is a relatively new field of research, and there are many opportunities to advance understanding of how debris impacts the environment. The MDP offers funding for original, hypothesis-driven research projects focused on the ecological risk assessment, exposure studies, and fate and transport of marine debris. View projects funded in fiscal year 2019.

Fishing for Energy Grants
The NOAA MDP supports marine debris projects through its Fishing for Energy partnership. You can read more about the program and find open grant opportunities here