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2023 NEP Coastal Watersheds Grant

Environmental, Stewardship, Wetlands

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), in partnership with the U.S. EPA is pleased to announce the 2023 funding round of the National Estuary Program (NEP) Coastal Watersheds Grant. The NEP Coastal Watersheds Grant Program is a nationally competitive grants program designed to support projects that address urgent and challenging issues threatening the well-being of coastal and estuarine areas within determined estuaries of national significance.

The request for proposals for the 2023 funding round is available. Proposals must address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Recurring harmful algae blooms;
  • Flooding and coastal erosion that may be related to sea level rise, changing precipitation, or salt marsh, seagrass, or wetland degradation or loss;
  • Impacts of nutrients and warmer water temperatures on aquatic life and coastal ecosystems, including low dissolved oxygen conditions in estuarine waters; and
  • Contaminants of emerging concern found in coastal and estuarine waters such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and microplastics

RAE will select grantees through a two-step process: 1) letters of intent (LOI); and 2) full proposals by invitation only. Both steps are competitive and a request for full proposal does not guarantee funding. LOIs are due on Friday, May 5, 2023.

Full RFP is available here.