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 MDP's FY20 Marine Debris Removal federal funding opportunity is now open. This year, applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) describing the proposed removal project and receive an invitation from NOAA to submit a full proposal. LOIs are due September 4, 2019, and a link to the full announcement can be found here.

Community-based 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 2019.

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 2018.

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. View projects funded in fiscal year 2018.