A coral reef in Florida

NFWF Announces Release of Coral Reef Conservation Fund 2020 Request for Proposals

Up to $1.5 million available for conservation and restoration of U.S. coral reefs

Coral reef, Florida

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 10, 2020) –The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the release of the 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Coral Reef Conservation Fund

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of NFWF’s partnership with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program to conserve coral reef ecosystems. In 2020, the program will award up to $1.5 million in grant funding to reduce land-based sources of pollution, advance coral reef fisheries management, support recovery and resiliency of U.S. coral reef systems, and improve watershed management planning.

Coral Reef Conservation Fund grant pre-proposals are due March 17, 2020, and the full RFP can be found here. An applicant webinar will be held February 17, 2020 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. 

Projects of interest will identify opportunities where improvements to natural infrastructure can reduce sedimentation to nearby reefs, establish biological integrity characteristics on priority reefs in Hawaii, Florida and Puerto Rico to monitor impact from mitigation efforts, and implement management plans to reduce localized threats to reefs.

Competitive grants are reviewed by a public-private committee of government and academic experts, and funding decisions are based on the ability of the applicant to implement strategies that achieve the program priorities and result in measurable conservation outcomes.

NFWF manages the Coral Reef Conservation Fund in partnership with NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, with additional support from the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and Aramco. Additional information about the program can be found here.

About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 4,500 organizations and generated a conservation impact of more than $5.3 billion. Learn more at


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