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Marine habitat project funding for USA. The United States NOAA is seeking proposals from non-federal partners for habitat restoration projects that will restore coastal ecosystems. The selected projects will support species recovery and help rebuild fish populations, and likely yield community and economic benefits.

As of January 30, 2019, the NOAA has modified the deadlines and review process for this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) in response to the lapse in appropriations. The original pre-proposal deadline of January 14, 2019 was not modified; however, a pre-proposal is no longer mandatory to submit a full proposal.

All applicants who submitted a timely pre-proposal will receive the results of their review, as described in the modified FFO. Review results will be available the first week in March. The original FFO said the closing date would be sent directly to eligible applicants. As all applicants are now eligible to submit full proposals, they are setting the full proposal deadline as April 16, 2019. 

Funded projects will help fish stocks managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and threatened and endangered species listed under the Endangered Species Act. They’ll also benefit recreational species, as described in the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy. Investing ecosystem-based approaches to habitat restoration and recovery also leads to real, lasting differences for communities, businesses, and the environment.

Since its inception in 1996, the NOAA Community-based Restoration program has provided more than $160 million to implement more than 2,000 coastal habitat restoration projects. By partnering with more than 2,500 organizations, they have restored more than 86,000 acres of habitat for fish and opened 3,800 stream miles for fish passage. These partnerships leverage and coordinate resources, and maximize the impact of habitat restoration.