Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions

Sea Grant seeks proposals to support the creation of coalitions and partnerships among communities, groups, and localities, especially those that have been traditionally underserved, to address marine debris prevention and removal.


The National Sea Grant Office invites you to join an informational webinar on July 12, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. ET (register here).


  • August 2, 2022: Deadline to initiate a collaboration with Minnesota Sea Grant
  • August 16, 2022: Letters of intent due to NSGO (submitted by Minnesota Sea Grant)
  • September 15, 2022: Full Proposals due in (submitted by Minnesota Sea Grant)


Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions: Up to $300,000 per project will be available to support the creation of coalitions and partnerships to address marine debris prevention and removal ($3 million total). Contact Alex Frie before 5 p.m. CST August 2, 2022, to discuss joint submissions.

Application components

Please review the formal announcement for full details about the opportunity and competition priorities.

Collaborative submissions

All projects must partner with a state Sea Grant program and all proposals must be submitted by a state Sea Grant program. If you are interested in partnering with University of Minnesota Sea Grant, contact MNSG Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie. Please include "Marine Debris Challenge Competition” in your subject line.

Why Minnesota Sea Grant?

Minnesota Sea Grant funds research to solve challenges facing Minnesota’s aquatic resources and coastal communities. This is an opportunity to collaborate with MNSG to execute transformational research to application projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris.


Alex Frie, research and fellowship coordinator, Minnesota Sea Grant, University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Duluth.