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USA Territories: American Samoa (USA); Guam (USA); Puerto Rico (USA); Virgin Islands (USA); Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories approved coastal administration agencies for the development of innovative projects that will further their goals and strategies. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for projects addressing coastal hazards, ocean and Great Lakes resources, and public access.
The objective of Section 309 assistance is to encourage each State or Territory with a federally-approved coastal management program (CMP) to continually improve its program in specified areas of national importance. The intent of Projects of Special Merit (PSM) funding is to offer CMPs the opportunity to develop innovative projects that further their approved enhancement area strategies and focus on the following national enhancement area priorities: Coastal Hazards, Ocean and Great Lakes Resources, and Public Access. In order to apply for this funding opportunity, CMPs must be approved by NOAA pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act (16 U.S.C. §1455) and have an approved 2021-2025 Section 309 Assessment and Strategy. Additionally, CMPs can only apply for priorities for which they have a corresponding approved strategy. Coastal Zone Management Program Regulations at 15 C.F.R. Part 923 apply to this Announcement, and program policies and procedures are further implemented through the provisions in this announcement.
Proposals must focus on one or more of the following priority enhancement area objectives:
The NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM) encourages applicants and awardees to advance the principles of equity and inclusion when developing and implementing their work. Supporting the principles of equity and inclusion in this funding competition means:
Eligible expenses can be found on page 6 of the NOFO. See Attached Files, below.
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Number of Grants:
Estimated Size of Grant:
It is anticipated that projects funded under this announcement will have an award start date of October 1, 2023.
The standard financial assistance award period for FY 2023-funded projects is 18 months. NOAA may extend an award up to an additional 18 months, for a maximum performance period of three years if circumstances warrant.
Direct questions to:
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
4003 Cirrus Drive
Medford, OR 97504