CZM Projects of Special Merit Competition - FY2023 - Federal Grants

Funding Opportunity Overview

CZM Projects of Special Merit Competition - FY2023 is a Discretionary grant funded by Department of Commerce. It's award amount is up to $250,000 and 10 awards are expected. It is categorized in Science and Technology and other Research and Development. The grants is open to all (government, organization, and/or individual) entities. The application deadline (close date) to apply is 2023-01-25 (-9 days left).
The following table summarizes the CZM Projects of Special Merit Competition - FY2023 opportunity.
Opportunity NumberNOAA-NOS-OCM-2023-2007563
Opportunity TitleCZM Projects of Special Merit Competition - FY2023
Opportunity CategoryDiscretionary
Funding Instrument TypeCooperative Agreement
Post DateOctober 6, 2022 (Thursday)
Last Updated DateOctober 6, 2022 (Thursday)
Close DateJanuary 25, 2023 (Wednesday)
Award Amount$50,000 - $250,000 (total funding : $1,500,000)

Detailed Funding Description

The purpose of this document is to advise eligible applicants that NOAA is soliciting proposals for competitive funding under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)’s Enhancement Program Projects of Special Merit, authorized under Section 309 of the CZMA (16 U.S.C.
§1456b). The objective of Section 309 assistance is to encourage each State or Territory with a federally approved coastal management program (CMP) to continually improve its program in specified areas of national importance. The intent of Projects of Special Merit (PSM) funding is to offer CMPs the opportunity to develop innovative projects that further their approved enhancement area strategies and focus on the following national enhancement area priorities: Coastal Hazards, Ocean and Great Lakes Resources, and Public Access.
In order to apply for this funding opportunity, CMPs must be approved by NOAA pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act (16 U.S.C. §1455) and have an approved 2021-2025 Section 309 Assessment and Strategy. Additionally, CMPs can only apply for priorities for which they have a corresponding approved strategy.

Dates and Awards Details

The following table shows the dates and awards information in detail for CZM Projects of Special Merit Competition - FY2023 federal grants. It posted on 2022-10-06 and will be closed on 2023-01-25.
The estimated total program funding is $1,500,000 for 10 awards (expected). The maximum award amount is $250,000 and the award floor amount is $50,000.
Agency NameDepartment of Commerce
Important Dates
Post DateOctober 6, 2022 (Thursday)
Close DateJanuary 25, 2023 (Wednesday)
Last Updated DateOctober 6, 2022 (Thursday)
Archive DateFebruary 24, 2023 (Friday)
Awards Detail
Award Floor$50,000
Award Ceiling$250,000
Estimated Total Program Funding$1,500,000
Expected Number Of Awards10
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo

CFDA Numbers

The next CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) numbers are associated to this federal grant.
  • 11.419 - Coastal Zone Management Administration Awards

Categories of Funding Activities

  • Business and Commerce
  • Environment
  • Natural Resources
  • Science and Technology and other Research and Development
  • No Additional Explanation Reported

Funding Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:
  • Others
  • Additional Information: Any coastal State or Territorial CMP that has been approved by NOAA pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act (16 U.S.C. § 1455) is eligible under this announcement if the requirements established at 15 C.F.R. § 923.121 are met. Specifically, applicants must have an approved Assessment and Strategy for the 2021-2025 assessment period that includes at least one strategy for one or more of the priority enhancement areas identified in Section I.B of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). In addition to strategies that were originally approved as part of a State or Territory's Assessment and Strategy, approved strategies also include strategies that were added or substantially modified and approved by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management prior to the closing date of the competition. See 15 C.F.R. § 923.121 for all requirements. The designated lead agency for implementing each approved CMP is eligible to submit projects for funding under this competition. For the purposes of this competition, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission is an eligible applicant. Eligible applicants may submit a proposal on behalf of State agency partners within the approved State CMP network, if applicable. Local governments and nonprofits may participate as partners on the proposed projects; however, projects should be focused upon enhancing the approved State CMP. Each applicant may submit no more than two applications for consideration under this competition. NOAA employees are not permitted to assist in the preparation of applications. NOAA Office for Coastal Management staff are available to provide general information on programmatic questions such as those relating to the CMPs 309 Assessment and Strategy. For proposals that involve collaboration with current NOAA projects or staff, NOAA employees may provide a limited statement verifying the nature and extent of the collaboration and confirming prior coordination activities. Letters of support from NOAA employees are not allowable and will not be included among the application materials considered by merit reviewers. Federal agencies and employees are not allowed to receive funds under this announcement but may serve as collaborative project partners. In-kind services from federal agencies and employees cannot be considered as part of an applicant’s match on shared costs. If federal agencies are collaborators, applicants are expected to provide detail on the planned level of federal engagement in the application. Examples may include, but are not limited to, partnership services, serving in a review capacity, or participating in priority task teams, working groups, or leadership teams. DOC/NOAA supports cultural and gender diversity and encourages women and minority individuals and groups to participate in proposals submitted to this program. In addition, DOC/NOAA is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in underserved areas. While this program limits applicants to state and territorial CMPs, DOC/NOAA encourages applicants to include partners and contributors from any of the above groups or institutions.

Grantor Contact Information

Grantor DetailKris Wall
NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management