Pathway to the beach in Florida

Hurricane Response Marine Debris Removal Fund

Pathway to the beach in Florida

The Hurricane Response Marine Debris Removal Fund is a partnership between NFWF and the NOAA Marine Debris Program that awards grants to assess, remove and dispose of marine debris caused by severe storms. Grants are awarded based on the targeted debris’ existing or potential impact to coastal communities and resources, and to prevent further harm to sensitive marine habitats and species listed under the Endangered Species Act. 


In 2020, NFWF will award approximately $10 million in grants to remove damaging marine debris from coastal areas of communities impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael, and Typhoon Yutu to reduce impacts to communities, industry and further harm to habitats and fish and wildlife populations. The program primarily funds projects that are ready for immediate clean-up efforts to remove and dispose of marine debris that resulted from storms.  

Severe storms can cause significant debris in the way of capsized vessels, moved and lost fishing gear, large terrestrial debris like logs and structures washed out to sea, and torn up coastal infrastructure like docks or piers. This debris can cause both immediate and prolonged harm to already impacted coastal communities in navigation safety, coastal and marine industry and tourism, and potentially human safety and health. Marine debris can also have immediate and prolong impact on wildlife through entanglement and ingestion and habitats from scouring and smothering.

Application Information

01/24/2020 2020 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
04/10/2020 How to Manage Your New Grant Webinar Recording View Now
04/27/2020 10 Tips for Grantees View Now
11/18/2020 Payment Request Guide View Now
04/27/2020 Interim Programmatic Report Guidance View Now
04/27/2020 Final Programmatic Report Guidance View Now
03/19/2020 Program Fact Sheet Download the PDF
03/19/2020 2020 Grant Slate Download the PDF
Staff Representatives

Program Director, Marine Conservation

Coordinator, Regional Programs