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GOMC Habitat Restoration Grants Program - Request for Letters of Intent for 2013 Projects

The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (GOMC) has released a request for Habitat Restoration Letters of Intent. The mission of GOMC is to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine to allow for sustainable resource use by present and future generations. Since its establishment in 2002, the GOMC has partnered with NOAA to help support 110 projects with over $3.5 million in restoration funding.

Together, these projects also helped enabling partnering organizations to re-open 163 miles of rivers and streams to access by fish like river herring, Atlantic salmon and American eel. In addition, these projects re-established alewife spawning access to over 2,700 acres of lakes and ponds and rehabilitated over 650 salt marsh acres. The economic impact of projects is also noteworthy, because each must provide matching financial support that is equal to, or exceeds the award amount. Likewise, the engineering and construction needs of projects means that this funding helps support jobs in each project’s home state or province.

Letters of Intent (LOIs) will be accepted October 26 - November 23, 2012 via the online submittal process described in the RFP. Preliminary results of the LOI review process will be shared with submitting organizations after January 11, 2013. Pending confirmation of funding commitment(s) for this grant program, a solicitation for full proposals may be released in early 2013.

For questions related to a proposed project, use the contact information below to access a regional representative of this grant program. For general questions about this program, contact the Maine Coastal Program Habitat Restoration Coordinator, Slade Moore at Use the link below to access the full RFP, which includes format guidelines for Letters of Intent:

Click here to download the RFP (pdf format, 128 kb)

LOI Contact Information

For information about the Gulf of Maine Council Habitat Restoration Grants Program, contact one of the following people.

Slade Moore
Maine Coastal Program

Kevin Lucey
New Hampshire Coastal Program

Hunt Durey
Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game

Lee Swanson
New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government 

Gulf of Maine Habitat Restoration Grants Program

The NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service’s Community-based Restoration Program and the Gulf of Maine Council administer the Habitat Restoration Grants Program to support a strategic approach to marine, coastal, and riverine habitat restoration within Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Non-governmental organizations (e.g., community associations, cooperatives, civic groups), municipalities, schools, and tribal and state governments are eligible to compete for funding.

Other grants available for habitat restoration

Many government agencies and private foundations support habitat restoration. Examples include the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For a list of funding opportunities and application information, visit the Rhode Island Habitat Restoration Portal.

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