Each year, subject to the availability of funds, the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) publishes Federal Funding Opportunities (FFOs) in the Federal Register to solicit proposals for coral reef conservation activities, as authorized by the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 (CRCA).
The NOAA CRCP provides matching grants to institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, commercial organizations, and local and Indian tribal government agencies. These awards are intended to support coral reef conservation projects in shallow water coral reef ecosystems, including reefs at mesophotic depths, in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and coral-dominated banks in U.S. portions of the Gulf of Mexico.
The CRCP International Cooperative Agreements are open to: small businesses; nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; for profit organizations other than small businesses; private institutions of higher education; nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education and public and State controlled institutions of higher education.
The 2014 awards prescribed that proposals were required to fulfill the following requirements: involvement of two or more countries that are actively engaged in regional marine conservation initiatives, such as the Two Samoas Initiative, Micronesia Challenge and the Caribbean Challenge.
Awards are usually advertised around September/October and the closing date for applications is January/February of the following year.