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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, Agencies, Businesses, and Individuals for Projects to Reduce Marine Pollution

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Ghost Gear Fund

Government of Canada


Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #203403

Grant Description

Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, government agencies, indigenous organizations, businesses, and individuals for projects to reduce pollution caused by recreational fishing. Eligible projects may align with one of the following pillars: abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) retrieval, responsible disposal, acquisition and piloting of currently available innovative gear technology, and international leadership.

Eligible activities under the program will be considered from applicants active in, or proposing work associated with research, development, management, conservation, harvesting, protection or promotion of fisheries and oceans resources and related issues. These include activities aimed at improving fisheries management and sustainability, preventing and mitigating marine litter, and activities designed to prevent and mitigate ghost fishing and the occurrence of abandoned, lost and otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG).

ALDFG Retrieval programs are required to take place outside of active fishing seasons.

The funding program supports a range of activities to support the improvement of fisheries management and sustainability and the prevention and mitigation of marine litter. Eligible activities are as follows:

  • Training, skills development;
  • Collaborative planning, consultation and engagement – bilateral / multilateral / aggregate;
  • Public and community outreach, education, capacity building and engagement;
  • Project monitoring and evaluation activities;
  • Policy analysis, development and input;
  • Piloting and/or adoption of innovative technology & processes for existing fisheries;
  • Piloting and/or adoption of sustainable fishing and ALDFG mitigating practices (e.g. Harvesting or gear retrieval techniques, protocols, “Fishing for Litter” programming, etc.);
  • Improving the administration and management of marine and freshwater habitats of other nation states;
  • Supporting and building capacity for ALDFG retrieval efforts of marine and freshwater habitat;
  • Developing, promoting and supporting sustainable fishing practices that will reduce lost gear; and,
  • Building capacity to receive, store, remove and dispose/recycle of collected ALDFG; and marine litter in harbours (e.g. containment systems, etc.).

For information about eligible expenses, see the URL for Full Text (RFP) link listed below.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible recipients under the Ghost Gear Fund include:
- Not-for-profit and charitable organizations, Canadian or International;
- Companies, businesses, organizations, associations, Canadian or International;
- Indigenous organizations/communities*;
- Recognized research, academic, and educational institutions;
- Other levels of government and their agencies or crown corporations; and
- Canadian individuals.

Indigenous organizations/communities include:
- First Nations/ Inuit/ Métis;
- Bands/Settlements (land, reserves, trusts);
- Indigenous governments referred to in a self-government or modern treaty;
- Indigenous communities or groups;
- District Councils/Chiefs’ Councils/ Tribal Councils;
- Organizations/ Societies/ Associations/ Institutions that are Indigenous led and/or serve an Indigenous population); and,
- Corporations (major shareholder is Indigenous).

Activities not listed are ineligible for funding through the Ghost Gear Fund.

Pre-Application Information:

Project proposals must be submitted by January 6, 2023, by 23:59 PST to be considered.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects do not have a limit above the total monetary value allocated for the program, however, typical Ghost Gear Fund contributions can be expected in the range of $50,000 to $1 million.

Contact Information:

Submit applications to DFO.GGFund-Fonddesef.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

For additional information on the Ghost Gear Fund, please direct questions to the email address listed above.

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