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2014 Special Projects Funding Announcement - This competition is closed -


Closing Date: May 17, 2014

Date of Posting: April 14, 2014. The NOAA National Sea Grant Office and the NOAA Coastal Storms Program anticipate that up to $640,000 in total Federal funding will be available to support projects under this announcement. Consult the Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2004033, available at, for eligible applicants, required elements of the application, how to submit, evaluation criteria, general programmatic priorities and selection factors, and other necessary information.  Submit your application to SPECIAL PROJECT "B" under this Opportunity in

NOAA Coastal Storms Program seeks to leverage the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network to support the regional implementation of the Program’s objectives over the period September 2014 to August 2016.   The funding will be used to support program development in the area of hazards and coastal storm resilience.  Collaborative approaches that support the transfer of skills, knowledge, technologies, products, etc. to other Programs /Institutions is encouraged.  Knowledge/technology transfer is requested to ensure that coastal storm and hazard resilience policies, processes, and information are accessible to a wider range of users and /stakeholders in the region.   Proposals should seek to engage the Coastal Storms Outreach Coordinators located at the MN and WI Sea Grant Programs in the proposed work when applicable. 

Programs may submit proposals up to $40K/year for each participating Program, i.e., multi-program proposals can request funding for an amount equal to $40,000/year times the number of programs in the application; two programs $80,000/year, etc.   Great Lakes Sea Grant Programs can submit proposals to support program development associated with the following focus areas:

Improving beach hazard risk communication for the target audiences identified in Great Lakes Beach Hazards Risk Communication Strategy (waves and currents focused).  Work should be shared and impacts extended through a soon-to-be-formed Great Lakes Beach Hazard Community of Practice.  Activities of interest include:

  • Educational materials/activities or "toolkits" for:

          - Reporters and broadcast meteorologists to increase local media coverage;
          - Public Service Announcements  through radio, TV, video billboards, etc.; and
          - Teachers and K-12 students. 
  • Establishing beach safety kits or other related safety activities.
  • Translating existing or developing new materials for Spanish speaking audiences. 

Addressing impacts of stormwater on natural resources and promoting best management practices.  Activities should support gaps identified through the Great Lakes Needs Assessment conducted by WI Sea Grant.Activities of interest include:

  • Improved planning, implementation, and awareness of stormwater impacts and best management practices by engaging citizens, community groups, and developers/contractors/realtors. 
  • Develop social marketing strategies that address specific behaviors that impact stormwater toxicity (i.e. use of coal tar sealants, fertilizers, etc.) 

Enhancing community resilience by considering impacts from future conditions.  Activities should support gaps identified through the Great Lakes Needs Assessment conducted by WI Sea Grant.  Activities of interest include:

  • Conducting community self-assessments and risk and vulnerability assessments to determine impacts to communities from bluff/shoreline erosion and flood impacts.
  • Conducting training/technical assistance to support capacity building around storm response and recovery and/or implementation of alternative approaches to shoreline hardening.
  • Integrating climate change science into mitigation/adaptation planning, strategies, policy, and/or development activities and impacts on stormwater infrastructure, marinas, waterfronts, shoreline erosion control, or other coastal dependent uses.
  • Transferring existing materials from other areas and applying them to the Great Lakes to support community preparedness, such as the Homeowners Guidebook.

It is anticipated that no more than 8 applications will be selected. Applications should propose a start date of 09/01/2014, and may run for up to 2 years. Applications may request up to $40,000 in Federal funding per year. Nonfederal matching funds are not required for this competitionMulti-state proposals can request funding in excess of the limits above with the following restriction:  a two state proposal could apply for up to $80,000 per year.  A three state proposal could apply up to $120,000 per year, etc. 

An application must include these components as described in the Federal Funding Opportunity: SF-424 form, 90-2 Project Summary (use the "Short Form"), and Project Description. In addition, the application must include a 90-4 form and Standard Forms 424A, 424B and CD-511. The "Short Form" 90-2 and 90-4 forms are available on the Sea Grant Forms and Templates webpage. The other forms are included in the application package from

Applications must be submitted on to Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014- 2004033, Special Project "B", no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on May 17, 2014.

This competition is only open to: Sea Grant Programs (Sea Grant Colleges, Institutions and Coherent Area Programs), the National Sea Grant Law Center, and the National Sea Grant Library.

For further information about this National Strategic Investment, please consult Federal Funding Opportunity NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2004033, available on the Federal Grant Opportunity website,, or send questions to

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