**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

Restore America’s Estuaries is pleased to announce the 2021 funding cycle for the National Estuary Program's (NEP) Coastal Watershed Grants. This year, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, RAE will award approximately $1 million in competitive grants to organizations, partnerships, and municipalities working to improve clean water, healthy ecosystems, and habitat restoration. The NEP Coastal Watersheds Grant Program is a nationally competitive grants program designed to support projects that address urgent and challenging issues threatening the well-being of coastal and estuarine areas within determined estuaries of national significance.

This grant program funds projects within designated geographic areas and supports the following Congressionally-set priorities:

  • Loss of key habitats resulting in significant impacts on fisheries and water quality such as seagrass, mangroves, tidal and freshwater wetlands, forested wetlands, kelp beds, shellfish beds, and coral reefs;
  • Recurring harmful algae blooms;
  • Unusual or unexplained marine mammal mortalities;
  • Proliferation or invasion of species that limit recreational uses, threaten wastewater systems, or cause other ecosystem damage;
  • Flooding and coastal erosion that may be related to sea level rise, changing precipitation, or salt marsh, seagrass, or wetland degradation or loss;
  • Impacts of nutrients and warmer water temperatures on aquatic life and coastal ecosystems, including low dissolved oxygen conditions in estuarine waters; and
  • Contaminants of emerging concern found in coastal and estuarine waters such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and microplastics.

There will be two informational webinars offered for interested applicants:
April 27 | 1:00 PM EDT
May 5 | 1:00 PM EDT

To register for a webinar, go to: https://estuaries.org/initiatives/watershedgrants/2021-nep-coastal-watersheds-grant/

Application Deadline: June 7, 2021 (LOI) and September 20, 2021 (Full Proposals, by invitation only)

Announcement: https://estuaries.org/initiatives/watershedgrants/