Funding | Programmatic

Funding for our Programs

NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) partners with coastal states (including Great Lakes) and territories to manage ocean and coastal resources. OCRM provides funding in various forms through various programs, including:

We also provide additional funding opportunities through our partners, including the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (16 U.S.C. § 1456d)

The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) provides 1:1 matching funds to eligible coastal states and local governments to protect important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecologic, historic, or aesthetic values.  Coastal states develop CELCP plans to identify the most important areas for acquisition. States also nominate their best projects to a national, competitive selection process.

Coastal Management Program

National Estuarine Research Reserves (Section 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act - 16 U.S.C. § 1461)

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) is a network of protected areas that were established for long-term research, education and stewardship. The program is a partnership with coastal states and provides funding for acquiring lands and waters, operating and managing reserves, constructing reserve facilities, and for the purposes of conducting education or interpretive activities. States must provide 1:1 matching funds for the costs of acquiring lands and federal funds up to $5,000,000 to acquire a reserve may be available. Federal funds for operating and managing reserves, construction, and educational activities must be matched by states at a 7:3 federal to state ratio. Costs for educational activities that benefit the entire system may be exempt from match requirements. The program also administers a Graduate Research Fellowship Program that provides grants to support graduate student research in NERRs.

Coral Reef Conservation Program (Section 204 of the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 - 16 U.S.C. 6403)

The Coral Reef Conservation Program supports effective management and sound science to preserve, sustain and restore valuable coral reef ecosystems. Through several grant opportunities, the Program provides funding to states, territories, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations to support the implementation of local action strategies and a variety of other coral reef management, research and monitoring activities.