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Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program Request for Applications

JUNE 17, 2024 — On June 10, the BoatUS Foundation, in partnership with the NOAA Marine Debris Program, announced a call for applications under the Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program. With funding from the NOAA Marine Debris Program provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the BoatUS Foundation will award up to $7.5 million in grants to remove abandoned and derelict vessels (ADVs) across coastal and marine areas of the United States.

An abandoned and derelict vessel submerged in a marsh with buildings in the distance.
A derelict vessel located in Beaufort Harbor in Beaufort, North Carolina. Image credit: BoatUS Foundation.

Through a streamlined application process, this competition aims to lower the administrative burden on applicants and allow more organizations to access funds for ADV removal. Priority will be given to projects that include input from and benefit underserved, low-income, or tribal communities; demonstrate strong community support; benefit marine animals and their habitats, local coastal communities, or local economies; and include local outreach and education activities directed toward the boating community and general public to prevent abandoned and derelict vessels. Projects throughout the coastal United States, Great Lakes, United States territories, and Freely Associated States are eligible for consideration.

Letters of intent are due on August 12, 2024 11:59 PM EDT. More information is available on the BoatUS Foundation website

Last updated Thursday, June 20, 2024 3:02pm PDT