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Funding Opportunities

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

All Funding Opportunities

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Marine Debris Removal Grants

The NOAA Marine Debris Program will award up to $56 million through funding provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for projects that remove marine debris to benefit marine and Great Lakes habitats and communities. This competition focuses on two priorities: removing large marine debris and using proven interception technologies to capture marine debris throughout the coastal United States, Great Lakes, territories, and Freely Associated States. Proposals are due on on September 30, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. For additional applicant resources and guidance please visit Proposal Submission Guidance for Applicants.


For more information on the Marine Debris Removal notice of funding opportunity visit

Special Funding Opportunity: Hurricane Response Marine Debris Removal Fund

With financial support from the NOAA Marine Debris Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is seeking applications for $3 million in grants to remove marine debris from coastal communities in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and the western Florida Panhandle impacted by the 2020 and 2021 hurricane seasons. The program will primarily fund marine debris assessment, removal, restoration, and disposal activities in coastal communities in the Gulf of Mexico. Full proposals are due on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 11:59 PM EDT. More information on the Request for Proposals and upcoming applicant webinar can be found on the NFWF website.

Marine Debris Removal Grants

The NOAA 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 2021.


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Marine Debris Prevention Grants

The NOAA Marine Debris Program offers funding that supports marine debris prevention projects that actively engage and educate a target audience in hands-on programs. These projects raise awareness, reduce barriers to marine debris prevention, and encourage and support changes in behaviors to ensure long-term prevention of marine debris. View prevention projects funded in fiscal year 2020.


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North America Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Grants

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is seeking applications for projects that address marine debris issues in the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada border areas. Applicants interested in working in these areas and in collaboration with partners in Mexico and Canada must apply through the FY22 Marine Debris Removal or FY22 Marine Debris Prevention grant competitions. View North American prevention and removal projects funded in fiscal year 2021.

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 NOAA Marine Debris Program 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 2021.

Fishing for Energy Grants

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

Applicant and Grantee Resources

This information is to assist applicants in applying for funding through the NOAA Marine Debris Program. It will also aid both applicants and grantees in understanding and meeting requirements involved in applying for and receiving federal funding.


Applying for federal funding can be complex. The information below helps applicants prepare a strong proposal and prepare for the requirements needed if an award is granted. Many of these documents are referenced in our Federal Funding Opportunities (Requests for Proposals) posted on