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 RESTORATION, RESEARCH & CONSERVATION FUNDING
NOAA International Coral Grant Program final correction for FFO Access
Application deadline: November 15, 2021

An opportunity for funding international coral reef projects is now
available through NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program, which
was published in the Federal government grants website on July 1, 2005.
A summary of the international grant information is available through
the links in the web site: http://ipo.nos.noaa.gov/coralgrants.html.

The Fiscal Year 2006 Federal Funding Opportunity provides specific
information and details on the eligibility, proposal content, etc., for
each of the four international project categories included in this
year's funding announcement. To access the PDF file of this Federal
Funding Opportunity Number NOS-IPO-2006-2000331, please access
http://www.coralreef.noaa.gov/funding/grants/fy06_ffo_intrntl_grant.pdf.
Applications for funding are DUE TO NOAA/NOS International Program
Office on Tuesday, November 15, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard
Time.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include all international, governmental (except U.S.
federal agencies), and non-governmental organizations. For specific
country eligibility per category, please refer to individual category
descriptions in Section V. The proposed work must be conducted at a
non-U.S. site. Eligible countries are defined as follows: The Wider
Caribbean includes the 37 States and territories that border the marine
environment of the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the areas of
the Atlantic Ocean adjacent thereto, and Brazil and Bermuda, but
excluding areas under U.S. jurisdiction. The South Pacific Region
includes South Pacific Regional Environment Program's 19 Pacific island
countries and territories, including the Federated States of Micronesia,
Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, but
excluding U.S. territories and four developed country members. Southeast
Asia Region includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. East Africa includes
Comoros, France (La Reunion), Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique,
Seychelles, Somalia, the United Republic of Tanzania and South Africa.
Eligibility criteria are also contingent upon whether activities
undertaken with respect to the pre- and final application would be
consistent with any applicable conditions or restrictions imposed by the
U.S. government.

The International Grant Program has four project categories:

1. Promote Watershed Management in the Wider Caribbean, Brazil, and
Bermuda:
IPO will fund activities that promote integrated watershed and
coastal management practices that reduce or control runoff to near shore
coral reef ecosystems, including programs that prioritize marine
protected areas and the conservation of biodiversity within watershed
planning and management, assess effectiveness of these management
practices, engage stakeholders and government agencies in collaborative
partnerships to implement these practices; and recommend a set of best
management practices that can be applied to the Wider Caribbean region.
Examples of allowed activities may be:

a. Analysis of regulatory and legislative frameworks to identify areas
needing strengthening;
b. Education and outreach to promote integrated watershed and coastal
management practices;
c. Workshops to enhance stakeholder participation and implementation of
integrated watershed management;
d. Assessment of land use impacts that threaten to degrade near-shore
coral reefs and development of management practices to reduce and/or
eliminate the identified threats;
e. Demonstration of best management practices for the agricultural
sector to control nutrients, sediments and pesticides that threaten
near-shore reefs.

2. Regional Enhancement of Marine Protected Area Management
Effectiveness:
IPO will fund regional activities at coral MPA sites that
are building an adaptive management and evaluation program and will
conduct an assessment of management effectiveness, using the "How is
your MPA Doing" handbook, in order to strengthen and achieve the site
goals and objectives. The Management Effectiveness category will
emphasize regional capacity building in the WCPA-Marine/WWF methodology.

Go to: http://effectivempa.noaa.gov/guidebook/guidebook.html to view a
copy of "How is Your MPA Doing? A Guidebook of Natural and Social
Indicators for Evaluating Marine Protected Area Management
Effectiveness" (pdf, 216 pages, 3.5MB). June 2004.

3. Encourage the Development of National Systems of Marine Protected
Areas in the Wider Caribbean, Bermuda, Brazil, and Southeast Asia:
IPO
will fund the implementation of national MPA system planning processes
that contribute to an integrated plan for a comprehensive and effective
national system of MPAs, including the following activities:

a) development and coordination of dialogues and partnerships with key
agencies, academic institutions, and diverse stakeholders;
b) syntheses of the purposes, types, resources protected, and levels of
protection afforded by existing National Systems of MPAs and all other
relevant marine management efforts;
c) assessments of existing legal and policy frameworks for MPAs;
d) assessments of contributions of existing National Systems of MPAs to
overall goals of a National System;
e) national and sub-national (where appropriate) syntheses of
information on the distribution and status of key resources and habitats
marine ecosystems;
f) assessments of patterns and potential impacts of human uses in marine
ecosystems;
g) assessments of gaps in protection for important marine areas;
h) recommended priority areas for consideration in future MPA planning,
including areas for inclusion in a national system.
i) development of comprehensive, long-term monitoring programs to
investigate effects of National Systems of MPAs on key resources,
ecosystems, socioeconomics, and public perceptions (does not include
implementation of monitoring program).

Priority will be given to proposals that rely heavily on consistent,
meaningful engagement of and input by diverse stakeholder interests.

4. Promote Regional Socio-Economic Training and Monitoring in Coral Reef
Management in the Wider Caribbean, Brazil, Bermuda, East Africa, South
Pacific, and Southeast Asia:
IPO will fund activities that support these
regional initiatives and that include both a capacity-building component
(e.g. training workshop) and establishment of socioeconomic monitoring
programs at three or more sites. Regional is defined either as three or
more sites in a single country or 3 or more sites between two or more
countries. See http://ipo.nos.noaa.gov/coralgrants.html for more
information and for copies of the global and regional guidelines.

Funding Availability

Approximately $400,000 may be available in FY 2006 to support grants and
cooperative agreements under this program. Approximately
$75,000-$100,000 may be allocated to each of the four project categories
listed below, with the following award ranges:

a. Watershed Management: $30,000-$40,000
b. Management Effectiveness: Regional capacity building projects: up to
$80,000
c. MPA National Systems: $40,000-$50,000
d. Socio-economic Monitoring Regional projects: $15,000 - $35,000

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

As per section 6403(b)(1) of the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000,
Federal funds for any coral conservation project funded under this
Program may not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the projects.
Therefore, any coral conservation project under this program requires a
1:1 match. Matching funds must be from non-Federal sources and can
include in-kind contributions and other non-cash support. Federal funds
may not be considered as matching funds. Matching contributions cannot
serve as match for other grants. As per section 6403(b)(2) of the Coral
Reef Conservation Act of 2000, the NOAA Administrator may waive all or
part of the matching requirement if the Administrator determines that
the project meets the following two requirements:

1. No reasonable means are available through which an applicant can meet
the matching requirement, and
2. The probable benefit of such project outweighs the public interest in
such matching requirement.

Pre-application Submission Information

Pre-applications may be submitted by surface mail or e-mail. Submission
by e-mail to coral.grants@noaa.gov is preferred. If submitting by
surface mail, applicants are encouraged to include an electronic copy of
the pre-application or final application on disk or CD. Federal
financial assistance forms are not required to be submitted with the
pre-application. Paper pre-applications must be submitted to: David
Kennedy, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Coordinator, Office of
Response and Restoration, N/ORR, Room 10102, NOAA National Ocean
Service, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Electronic
pre-applications must be submitted to coral.grants@noaa.gov. Fax
submittals will also be accepted for pre-applications (Fax:
301-713-4389). Electronic acceptable formats are limited to Adobe
Acrobat (.PDF), WordPerfect or Microsoft Word files.

For further information about the international coral grants, please
write to: International.Coral.Grants@noaa.gov.

 

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