Now Open: FY 2020 Grant Opportunity for Community-based Marine Debris Removal Projects

Posted Fri, 07/12/2019 - 10:17

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to announce our FY 2020 “Marine Debris Removal” federal funding opportunity. 

A man bends over the side of a boat to retrieve a crab trap.
Submit your Letter of Intent for the Marine Debris Removal opportunity! (Photo: Ocean Aid 360)

Projects awarded through the removal grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources, with priority consideration for efforts targeting derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris. Projects will also foster public awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution, and impacts. 

The Letter of Intent (LOI) submission period for removal projects will extend from July 15 to September 4, 2019. Applicants who submit successful LOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal following the LOI review period.

For more information on this FY 2020 grant opportunity, please visit and the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s website.

Now Open: FY 2020 Grant Opportunity for Community-based Marine Debris Removal Projects

Posted Fri, 07/12/2019 - 10:17

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Steven W. Jordean

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 14:42

Its very exciting to see so many new opportunity's for people to become part of the solution. and we at Fishing for Trash have seen first hand the need for more people working on the short term problem of debris in our waters. Our current goal is to clean the banks of the Pascagoula river, your thinking doesn't the power company do that. And yes they do for the past twenty years , but there is enough Trash for everyone , with plenty more coming. Our last two cleanups have generated 160cubic yard and 600 volunteers. here is a clip from our last event. Its good to know we are not alone.


Thu, 07/18/2019 - 22:27

Thank you, praying some money may find it's way to help the Conch Republic Marine Army here in the Florida Keys. I feel the Army has proven itself with the efforts made since Irma.
130 tons of trash from our waters. We have applied in the past, but were denied. We are definitely Community based, with over 2500 volunteers from all over. ,
Looking forward to applying.
Thank you.

Christie Eckman

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 16:17

I would be honored to help anyway i can.


Fri, 09/04/2020 - 01:29

Thank you for all the great work. This has been an issue for such a long time and I am so happy to see that there is awareness of it finally becoming mainstream. Cheers. Dave