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NEP Coastal Watersheds Grant Program

Friday, August 7, 2020

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.

Restore America’s Estuaries, in close coordination with and financial support from EPA, administers the NEP Coastal Watersheds Grant Program. This grant program funds projects within the geographic areas shown here and supports the following Congressionally-set priorities:

  • 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;
  • Recurring harmful algae blooms;
  • Unusual or unexplained marine mammal mortalities;
  • Proliferation or invasion of species that limit recreational uses, threaten wastewater systems, or cause other ecosystem damage;
  • 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 conduct an annual solicitation with approximately $1 million awarded each year. Each subaward will range between $75,000 and $250,000, resulting in roughly three to ten total subawards per funding year depending on Congressional appropriations.


APNEP Involvement

As the National Estuary Program for the Albemarle-Pamlico watershed, APNEP must submit an acknowledgment letter for each project proposal. APNEP can send in acknowledgment letters for up to three proposals in which we are receiving funding, providing match, or in which APNEP staff time will be paid for as a part of the grant proposal. There is no limit to the number of acknowledgment letters we can send in for proposals in which we are not receiving funding. If APNEP receives more than three requests for acknowledgment letters requiring funding, we will evaluate those proposals using our evaluation criteria for external grant proposals. Please email with any questions or to discuss partnership opportunities.