CELCP | Funding Opportunities
Federal Funding Opportunities - How to Apply
Fiscal Year 2014 CELCP Funding Opportunity
NOAA received applications for fiscal year 2014 CELCP funding for coastal and estuarine land conservation projects (the deadline was November 15, 2013). The agency anticipates that up to $3,000,000 may be available through CELCP appropriations and approximately $800,000 through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. NOAA anticipates selecting projects in the spring of 2014 if funding is available.
- Eligible states and territories that have submitted a draft CELCP plan to NOAA for review on or before September 15, 2013, could participate.
- The maximum funding that could be requested for each project is $1,000,000.
- Each eligible state or territory could submit up to two projects for this solicitation.
- Projects funded under this competition are expected to be completed within 18 months from the start date of the award (anticipated between July 1, 2014 and October 1, 2014).
Applicants should read the Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity for information on program priorities, applicant eligibility, and eligibility criteria for projects, as well as the information below on submitting an application.
- CELCP Project Application Checklist
- Project and Budget Templates
- Summary "Key" of Eligibility Criteria and Requirements for CELCP and Matching Funds under the 2009 Program Authorization
- National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Targeted Watersheds
Each year, subject to available funding, NOAA runs a funding competition, which has two phases - a state competition and a national competition. NOAA initiates the competition by issuing an annual federal funding opportunity notice, which describes the eligibility criteria for the competition, including who may apply, how many projects each eligible coastal state or territory may submit, and how much funding may be requested for each project.
Phase 1 - State Competition
The state or territory CELCP lead contact (CELCP in Your State) runs the state-level selection process to determine which projects are eligible and best suited for the national competition. Interested parties should contact their state or territory lead contact for information on submitting a project proposal to the state competition. The CELCP lead agency submits selected applications for the national competition through Grants.gov (Grants.gov, Applicant Resources).
Phase 2 - National Competition
For the national competition, NOAA conducts a technical review and a merit-based peer review to rank the projects. The ranked list serves as a guide for selecting projects for funding. Once NOAA announces the list of winning projects, CELCP staff members work with recipients to finalize their grant application for NOAA approval.
Coastal states having a coastal management program or National Estuarine Research Reserve approved under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 may participate in CELCP. A state must have developed a CELCP plan (CELCP in Your State) to compete for funding. Each participating state or territory has a lead CELCP contact who coordinates the program (typically, the coastal management agency), including the development of its CELCP plan, and runs the state selection process.
Within those states eligible to compete for funds, additional state agencies and local governments, as defined in the CELCP Final Guidelines, may receive funds and hold title to land under CELCP. Eligible state and local governments should contact their state CELCP lead for information on the state's priorities and selection process.
The maximum amount of grant funds available per project is specified in the federal funding opportunity notice. To be eligible for funding, the proposed project must fulfill these criteria:
- Protect important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, ecological, historical, aesthetic, or recreation values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses.
- Be located within a state's designated CELCP area (as defined in its CELCP plan), which is based on its coastal watershed or state coastal zone boundaries.
- Be submitted by an eligible public entity, i.e., state agency, local government, or other entity specified in the CELCP Final Guidelines.
- Provide for nonfederal public ownership in perpetuity. Note that in-kind match properties may be held by a qualified nongovernmental organization whose primary mission is to acquire and manage land for the purposes of conservation.
- Provide public access, or other public benefit, as appropriate and consistent with resource protection.
- Acquire property or conservation easements from willing sellers.
- Provide nonfederal matching funds in the form of cash or in-kind contributions at a 1:1 ratio. Visit the "Cost Share Requirements" section of the CELCP Final Guidelines for more information.
- Advance the goals, objectives, or implementation of the state coastal management program or plan or National Estuarine Research Reserve management plan or a local, regional, or state watershed protection plan.
- Be consistent with the state's approved coastal management program.
CELCP's authorizing legislation requires that 15 percent of funds be provided to projects that benefit National Estuarine Research Reserves. To qualify, applicants must include a support letter from the appropriate reserve manager describing and validating benefits to the reserve. Applicants should show the relative location of the project to the reserve's targeted watershed boundary, within which conservation activities provide direct benefits to the reserve. Targeted watershed maps may be found in CELCP in Your State.