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Grants and Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Corporations, and Individuals for Projects to Enhance the Viability of U.S. Fisheries

Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Grant Competition


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
CFDA Number: 11.427
Funding or PIN Number: NOAA-NMFS-FHQ-2024-2008000
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Geographic Focus
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
LOI Date: 07/24/23
Deadline: 11/21/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants and cooperative agreements to USA and Compact Free Associations nonprofit organizations, corporations, and individuals for research and development projects related to U.S. fisheries. An initial-stage proposal is required prior to the submission of the full proposal. In addition, applicants are advised that the pre-registration process may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable.

The Saltonstall-Kennedy Act established a fund (known as the S-K fund) used by the Secretary of Commerce to provide grants or cooperative agreements for fisheries research and development projects addressing aspects of U.S. fisheries, including, but not limited to, harvesting, processing, marketing, and associated business infrastructures. Grants and cooperative agreements are made to assist in carrying out projects to expand domestic and foreign markets related to U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries. The term “fisheries” encompasses wild capture, marine aquaculture, and recreational fishing. 

The objective of the S-K Research and Development Program, referred to as the S-K Program, is to promote U.S. fisheries by assisting the fishing community to address marketing and research needs.

Applications shall address one or more of the three priorities listed below. However, a singular research priority that most closely reflects the objectives of your proposal should be identified and will be used by NMFS for review purposes. These priorities are aimed at promoting and developing United States fisheries by growing awareness of and demand for products made from U.S. fishery resources, improving infrastructure, ensuring sustainable harvest and seafood supply, and supporting vibrant recreational fishing opportunities.

Solicitation Priorities:

  • Priority #1 – Promotion and Marketing: Projects sought should:
    • Increase market demand and value of U.S. fisheries and/or;
    • Develop or improve regional, national or global public relations and marketing opportunities to increase domestic production and/or demand for domestic products, and/or;
    • Include marketing strategies which involve participation of the seafood industry locally, regionally, or nationally, and/or;
    • Conduct domestic market research focused on stimulating demand for U.S. fisheries.
  • Priority #2 Development, Infrastructure, and Capacity Building Projects sought should:
    • Develop new or underutilized U.S. fisheries; and/or
    • Improve the capacity of fishery sectors, including but not limited to indigenous, artisanal, recreational and other sectors to participate in scientific initiatives, cooperative management, fishery management regulatory processes, or developing and/or marketing of new sustainable fishing opportunities; and/or
    • Encourage greater or more effective participation by fishing communities in a targeted area of the U.S. fishery supply chain; and/or - Demonstrate that any proposed new infrastructure or infrastructure improvement is needed and provides a broad benefit for the fishing community (see Section IV, F. Funding Restrictions).
  • Priority #3- Science or Technology that Enhances Sustainable U.S. Fisheries Projects sought should:
    • Directly impact U.S. fisheries through science and technology based projects that strengthen existing fisheries, or create new market opportunities for U.S. fishing communities; and/or
    • Demonstrate a direct need or benefit to the fishing community and connect with one or more segments of the U.S. fisheries supply chain; and/or
    • Include, within the scope of the project, participation of the fishing community.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments
  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria
You are eligible to apply for a grant or a cooperative agreement under the Saltonstall- Kennedy Grant Program if:

1. You are a citizen or national of the United States.
2. You represent an entity that is a corporation, partnership, association, or other nonfederal entity, non-profit or otherwise (including Indian tribes), if such entity is a citizen of the United States within the meaning of Section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended (46 U.S.C. app. 802).
3. You are a citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, or the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Program recognizes the interest of the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior in defining appropriate fisheries policies and programs that meet the needs of the U.S. insular areas, so applications are encouraged from individuals, government entities, and businesses in U.S. insular areas. They support cultural and gender diversity in they programs and encourage women and minority individuals and groups to submit applications. The Program is also committed to broadening the participation of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), which include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, in our grant programs. To find out more about MSIs go to

The Program encourages applications from members of fishing communities (including the Great Lakes) and applications that involve fishing community cooperation and participation. We will consider the extent of fishing community involvement when evaluating the potential benefit of funding a proposal.

You are not eligible to submit an application under this program if you are an employee of any Federal agency; a member of the American Fisheries Advisory Committee; a Regional Fishery Management Council (Council); or an employee of a Council. However, Council members who are not Federal employees can submit an application to the S-K Grant Competition.

Pre-Proposal Conference
NOAA Fisheries will host an informational webinar on the Notice of Funding Opportunity on Wednesday, June 15, 2023 from 2:30-3:30pm ET.

Join webex webinar: Webinar password: FY24 (3924 from phones and video systems)

Pre-Application Information
- May 25, 2023: Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on
- May 25–July 24, 2023: Submission period for pre-proposals
- September 22, 2023: Full proposal submission period opens
- November 21, 2023: Full proposal submission period closes

Dates: Dates: Pre-proposals must be received under the competition link named “PRE PROPOSALS FY24 Saltonstall-Kennedy”, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by 11:59 pm, Eastern Time, July 24, 2023, 60 days after the posting date of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). NOAA will inform the authorized representatives if the Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Program encourages or does not encourage submission of a full proposal. Regardless of whether you are encouraged or not encouraged, all those who submit accepted pre-proposals and meet all requirements are eligible to submit full proposals.

Full Applications must be received under the competition link named “FULL PROPOSALS FY24 Saltonstall-Kennedy”, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by 11:59 pm, Eastern Time, November 21, 2023, 180 days after the posting date of the NOFO.

Use of is preferred. If cannot reasonably be used, use of U.S. mail or another delivery service must be documented with a receipt; private metered postmarks are not acceptable. Postmarked applications received more than 10 business days following the closing date will not be accepted. No facsimile or electronic mail applications will be accepted. Within 60 days of the pre-proposal due date.

Multiple full proposal submissions from the same entity or applicant are limited to three. NMFS will only accept three full proposals from the same entity or applicant, if more than three full proposals are submitted from the same entity or applicant NMFS will accept the first three in the order they are received.

No cost sharing or matching is required.

Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM):
- To enable the use of a universal identifier and to enhance the quality of information available to the public as required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, 31 U.S.C. 6101 note, to the extent applicable, any proposal awarded in response to this announcement will be required to use the System for Award Management (SAM), which may be accessed online at
- Each applicant (unless the applicant is an individual that is exempted from those requirements under 2 CFR 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award, application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. The Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable unique entity identifier and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicants should allow a minimum of seven days to complete the SAM registration prior to the application due date specified in this NOFO; registration is required only once, but must be renewed periodically.
- Note: 2 CFR 25.110(b): Exceptions for individuals. None of the requirements in this part apply to an individual who applies for or receives Federal financial assistance as a natural person (i.e., unrelated to any business or nonprofit organization he or she may own or operate in his or her name).

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $500,000
Award Floor: $25,000

Term of Contract
Grants or cooperative agreements will be awarded for a maximum period of two years (24 months), but shorter term project proposals are welcomed. Project start dates will be no earlier than September 1, 2024 and no later than March 1, 2025.

Contact Information
Regional S-K Program point of contacts:
Contact the program officers in your region:
Headquarters: Cliff Cosgrove
(301) 427-8736

Alaska Region: Kristin Cieciel
907) 723-1305

West Coast Region: Desmond Gelman
(206) 526-6131

Pacific Islands Region: Scott Bloom
(808) 944-2218

Greater Atlantic Region: Nicole MacDonald
(978) 281-9330

Southeast Region: Kim Raneses
(727) 551-5760

RFP & Supporting Documents
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