Grants and Funding: EPA National Estuary Program Coastal Watersheds Grant
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants for the National Estuary Program (NEP) Coastal Watersheds Grant to support projects that address urgent and challenging issues that threaten the ecological and economic well-being of coastal and estuarine areas. EPA seeks applicants to address the priorities established by Congress that include, but are not limited to:
1) loss of key habitats resulting in significant impacts on fisheries and water quality such as seagrass, mangroves, tidal and freshwater wetlands, forested wetlands, kelp beds, shellfish beds, and coral reefs;
2) recurring harmful algae blooms;
3) unusual or unexplained marine mammal mortalities;
4) proliferation or invasion of species that limit recreational uses, threaten wastewater systems, or cause other ecosystem damage;
5) flooding and coastal erosion that may be related to sea level rise, changing precipitation, or salt marsh, seagrass, or wetland degradation or loss;
6) impacts of nutrients and warmer water temperatures on aquatic life and coastal ecosystems, including low dissolved oxygen conditions in estuarine waters; and 7. contaminants of emerging concern found in coastal and estuarine waters such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and microplastics.
Specifically, EPA is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to administer a national competitive subaward grant under one assistance agreement to be awarded under this announcement. The competitive subaward process proposed by the applicant must be on a national scale and recipients must address urgent and challenging environmental issues that threaten the ecological and economic well-being of coastal and estuarine areas.
Applications should reflect the applicant’s familiarity with the NEP and the key role of EPA approved NEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plans (CCMPs) in addressing the relevant environmental issues. Applicants must have the ability to work nationally within the defined geographic areas and be capable of undertaking activities that advance the NEP Coastal Watershed priorities. The competitive subaward process described in the application should also demonstrate how it will support coastal and estuary protection and restoration subaward projects located completely within the geographic areas as defined by the EPA in this RFA.