Coral Reef Conservation Fund

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will award grants to mitigate negative impacts to coral reefs and improve coral reef management effectiveness. Grants will be awarded to reduce land-based sources of pollution, advance coral reef fisheries management and improve watershed management planning.
The Coral Reef Conservation Fund is a partnership with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) and works to assist the agency in implementing the CRCP Goals & Objectives for 2010-2015 for domestic coral reefs and the CRCP International Strategy for international coral reefs; both documents can be found here.

Pre-proposal Online Applications Must be Submitted by: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 11:50 PM EST at

Interested applicants are encouraged watch a recording of the Overview webinar to learn about 2014 priorities. The webinar was held on December 11, 2013 at 3pm EST. To watch a recording of this webinar, follow this link:

To learn about how to complete a pre-proposal application using NFWF’s online application system, easygrants, you can view a pre-recorded webinar here.


Domestic U.S. Jurisdictions: Tropical coral reefs in Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Puerto Rico, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Priority reef and watershed geographies within these jurisdictions are listed here.
International: Priority will be given to activities in Micronesia, Samoa and the Southwest Pacific, the Coral Triangle region, and the Wider Caribbean; however, all international tropical coral reef locations are eligible.


The Coral Conservation Fund offers one grant cycle per year and available funding is not expected to exceed $500,000. Average grant awards will range from $40,000 - $75,000 with the exception of the international category “applying lessons learned from NOAA-training programs” where the maximum requested amount is $10,000 from individual participants and $30,000 for collaborative projects.  Projects should be 12-24 months in duration. Matching funds from non- U.S. Federal sources are required at a 1:1 ratio for all proposed projects.


  • Eligible applicants include: all persons, organizations, and non-U.S. Federal agencies, including parties within and outside of the United States.
  • NOAA employees are not eligible to apply for grants. NOAA CRCP staff are available and encouraged to provide general information on programmatic goals and objectives, ongoing coral reef conservation programs/activities, and regional funding priorities; however, NOAA employees are not permitted to assist in the preparation of applications or write letters of support for any application. If NOAA employees will collaborate with a project, they may provide a statement verifying that they are collaborating with the project applicant, confirming the degree and nature of the collaboration, and acknowledging the utility of the proposed work. NOAA employee activities, including travel and salaries, are not allowable costs.
  • Funds granted under this program may not be used for political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, and litigation or to support projects resulting from legally-mandated mitigation projects.  Grant funds may not be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.
  • Only projects that address tropical coral reefs are eligible for funding. Pelagic fisheries management and new MPA establishment are not priorities for funding.
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