Various grants and other funding opportunities for marine debris activities can be found below. Please navigate to each opportunity for detailed information on timeline, scope, and how to apply.
EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Grants are cooperative agreements that are awarded to local community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations seeking to address environmental and public health concerns in local underserved communities through collaboration with other stakeholders, such as local businesses and industry, local government, medical providers, and academia
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance maintains a Funding Opportunities web page of current opportunities.
Each year, Keep America Beautiful awards Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grants to its affiliates, local governments, business improvement districts, downtown associations, parks and recreation areas, and other organizations dedicated to eradicating litter, reducing marine debris, and beautifying their communities.
The NOAA Marine Debris Program offers several nationwide, competitive funding opportunities for marine debris projects. These include: removal grants, education and outreach grants, and research grants.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), on behalf of Fishing for Energy partners Covanta Energy Corporation (Covanta) and the NOAA Marine Debris Program, is pleased to announce the availability of grant funding to support strategies to reduce the impacts of derelict fishing gear to marine and coastal environments.
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation announced a funding opportunity for the removal of marine debris within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary following Hurricane Irma. The effort supports the Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys initiative to engage local tour operators and businesses in marine debris removal efforts as part of local hurricane recovery. Blue Star certified dive operators are eligible to apply for funding. The Foundation will award contracts to Blue Star dive operators to locate and remove marine debris including displaced and destroyed lobster traps, fishing gear, and other debris items from target areas within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. After contracts are awarded, funding will be reimbursed upon receipt of invoices to the Foundation and when proof of work, permit compliance, and Blue Star Program requirement completion is shown. Total funding is expected to be approximately $80,000 for these marine debris removal efforts, and contracts will be awarded on a rolling basis.
The Wells Fargo Environmental Grant Programs focus on programs that promote environmental education and volunteer opportunities to deliver long-term, measurable results that help foster a new generation of sustainable leaders. One letter of inquiry per year per organization is accepted.