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 grants, education and outreach grants, and research grants.

Open Opportunities

  • The NOAA MDP's FY18 Marine Debris Prevention federal funding opportunity is now closed to new proposals. For more information, visit
  • The NOAA MDP's FY18 Marine Debris Removal federal funding opportunity is now closed. Selected projects will be announced in 2018.

Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grants

The Marine Debris Program offers funding that supports locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects. These projects benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife including migratory fish.

View projects funded in fiscal year 2017.

Marine Debris Prevention, Education and Outreach Partnership Grants

The NOAA MDP offers funding to support activities to educate the public about the issue of marine debris that: 1) encourage changes in behavior to reduce and address marine debris; 2) develop and implement activities to reduce and prevent marine debris working with students, teachers, industries, and the public, and, 3) engage the public in active, personal participation (e.g. a small-scale shoreline cleanup with students or other hands-on activities, etc.). This grant’s purpose is to involve audiences in measurable behavior changing activities and limit the increase of marine debris in the world's oceans.

View projects funded in fiscal year 2016.

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 2017.

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 2015.