Our Grants

2015 Hollings Grants Request for Proposals is now available! Pre-proposals due October 22, 2015.

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is proud to support the National Marine Sanctuary System through grants. 

NMSF awards grants both through a competetive program that is open to the public and through a restricted grant program open only to the 14 sanctuary sites. Those grants fund education, outreach, conservation, and research projects that support sanctuaries and a healthy ocean. Since 2006, NMSF has awarded a collective total more than $1.2 million for sanctuary projects through the competetive Hollings Grant program. 

Past projects have ranged from supporting marine debris clean-ups, to lionfish research, to education programs for schools and communities. Funded projects relate to sanctuaries, marine life, and preserving our ocean for future generations.

Learn more about NMSF's signature grant programs:

The Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund
NMSF’s annual Hollings Grants, supported by the Ocean Awareness Trust Fund, initiate and strengthen projects that honor former Sen. Ernest F. Hollings’s commitment to increasing the American public’s understanding of our ocean and promoting opportunities for all Americans to take action for ocean stewardship. Learn more.

Team OCEAN Grants are a new program piloted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to support the 14 sites in the National Marine Sanctuary System. Team OCEAN Grants center around a central theme, and offer support to sanctuary projects and activities that currently have no or limited budget funding available. Learn more.



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