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The principal objective of the NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program is to implement projects that build resilience of U.S. coastal communities and ecosystems. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, this solicitation is seeking coastal habitat restoration projects that build resilience by conserving and restoring sustainable ecosystem processes and functions and reducing the vulnerability of coastal communities and infrastructure from the impacts of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. This program supports activities that restore or create natural infrastructure and natural landscape features to provide valuable ecosystem functions and services, such as habitat for fish, improved water quality and quantity, flood reduction, and erosion protection. Proposed projects should also support sustainable fisheries managed by NOAA under the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (Managed Species), contribute to the recovery of protected resources managed by NOAA under the Endangered Species Act (Listed Species) – including species identified by NMFS as “Species in the Spotlight,” and/or benefit native fish species of the Great Lakes. Proposals may include: planning, feasibility and design projects; implementation projects; or projects that combine the two.Proposals selected for funding through this solicitation will be funded through cooperative agreements. One year or multi-year awards up to three funding years may be awarded, and additional releases of funds may be used to fund selected proposals through FY2020 without further competition, pending future budget appropriations. NOAA anticipates typical awards for planning, feasibility and design-only projects will range from $75,000 to $300,000. NOAA anticipates typical awards for implementation projects or design and implementation projects will range from $250,000 to $1,000,000. NOAA will not accept proposals with a federal funding request of less than $75,000 or more than $2,000,000. NOAA anticipates up to $9 million will be available under the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) in FY2018. Funds will be administered by the NOAA Restoration Center, in coordination with the NOAA National Ocean Service’s Office for Coastal Management. Federal funds awarded under this program must be matched with non-federal funds at a 2:1 ratio of federal to non-federal contributions. For example, an applicant requesting $500,000 in federal funding must provide at least $250,000 in non-federal matching contributions, for a total budget of $750,000. This competition has a mandatory pre-proposal. Only applicants whose pre-proposals meet eligibility requirements, including strongly aligning with program objectives and goals, as determined by NOAA (through the review process described below in Section V.A.), will be invited to submit Full Applications. The goal of the pre-proposal process is to reduce the burden of preparing full proposals and streamline the review by inviting Full Applications only from those applicants whose projects are most likely to support NOAA's implementation of the Coastal Resilience Grants Program. Pre-proposals must be submitted by email, by the deadline stated in Section IV.D.In FY2017, the Coastal Resilience Grants Program FFO contained two project categories—Strengthening Coastal Communities and Habitat Restoration. Pending FY2018 appropriations, NOAA plans to fund high-scoring proposals from the Strengthening Coastal Communities category submitted in response to the FY2017 FFO, in addition to new project proposals submitted under this FY2018 Coastal Resilience Grants Program FFO. The NOAA Office for Coastal Management will administer new awards established under the FY2017 FFO for Strengthening Coastal Communities. The NOAA Restoration Center will administer new awards that build resilience through coastal habitat restoration selected under this FY2018 FFO. All potential applicants should review Section III.C, where ineligible project types are described.

Deadline: This program has a mandatory pre-proposal. Pre-proposals must be received by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11:59 PM Eastern time on March 7, 2018. See Section IV.B for more information regarding pre-proposal requirements. The Full Application deadline will be no earlier than May 7, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern time. The actual deadline will be provided by direct notice to all eligible applicants, after pre-proposal review.