CZM Projects of Special Merit Competition - FY2017

The purpose of this document is to advise eligible applicants that NOAA is soliciting proposals for competitive funding under the Coastal Zone Management Act's (CZMA) Enhancement Program Projects of Special Merit, authorized under Section 309 of the CZMA (16 U.S.C.




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:
Hazards, and Ocean and Great Lakes Resources (with a focus on comprehensive planning).

Any CMP that has been approved by NOAA pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act (16 U.S.C.

§1455) and has an approved 2016-2020 Section 309 Assessment and Strategy that contains at least one strategy addressing one or more of the priority enhancement areas is eligible to apply for this competition.

Coastal Zone Management Program Regulations at 15 C.F.R.

Part 923 apply to this Announcement, and program policies and procedures are further implemented through the provisions in this announcement.
Related Programs

Coastal Zone Management Administration Awards

Department of Commerce

Agency: Department of Commerce


Estimated Funding: $1,500,000

Who's Eligible

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
CWMA tab on GLRI page of NA external website, updated 10/3/16

Additional Information of Eligibility:
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 2016-2020 assessment period which includes at least one strategy for one or more of the priority enhancement areas identified in Section I.B of this federal funding opportunity (FFO).

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 or write letters of support for any application.

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.

If federal agencies are collaborators, applicants must provide detail on the expected level of federal engagement in the application.

Examples might include, but are not limited to partnership services; serving in a review capacity; or participating in priority task teams, working groups, or leadership teams.

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