Program - ADV Grant

Official Application Guidelines

The BoatUS Foundation is seeking to fund projects to remove abandoned and derelict vessels that pose safety and environmental hazards

What We're Looking For

The BoatUS Foundation has been awarded a $10 million grant from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program to administer the ADV program, which includes a national competitive grant program for the removal of abandoned and derelict vessels in U.S. coastal waterways and the Great Lakes.

For the subaward competition, the Foundation is seeking qualified/experienced organizations and/or companies to submit ADV-removal projects for funding consideration.

Any non-federal agency, organization or business including states, tribal organizations, US territories, and Freely Associated State governments is eligible to apply.

Project should be no more than 2 years in length.

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Grants from $50,000 to $1,000,000 are available.

Priority will be given to projects that:

Demonstrate strong community support

Include input from and benefit tribal, underserved, or low-income communities

Benefit marine animals, their habitats, local communities or local economies

Include local outreach and education activities directed toward the boating community and general public to prevent abandoned and derelict vessels


How It Works:

The first step in requesting grant funding is submitting a Letter of Intent, or LOI. This is an abbreviated application that introduces your proposed project to BoatUS Foundation and elicits feedback that will hopefully lead to an invitation to submit a full proposal.

For questions regarding the grant program, please contact us.


Applicants complete a Letter of Intent (LOI) through our online system. LOIs will be available on June 10th, 2024. Applicants have until August 12th, 2024 at 11:59pm ET to complete the LOI.

LOI Review

Completed LOIs will be reviewed by Foundation staff. LOIs will be reviewed based on the LOI evaluation criteria noted below.

LOI Decisions

All applicants will be notified by September 30th, 2024 on the Foundation’s decision. Applicants selected to submit a proposal will receive additional information for next steps.

Submit Application

Those selected will have until December 2nd, 2024 to submit their full proposals.

Applicant Review

A panel of internal and external reviewers will evaluate full proposals and select the projects to be funded. Project selection will occur in first quarter of 2025.

Grant Projects Launch

Grant Project recipients will begin project work in Spring – Summer of 2025

LOI Evaluation Criteria

LOIs will be evaluated on the following items:

  • All sections of the LOI have been completed and generally offer acceptable detail.
  • The applying organization or partner(s) demonstrate knowledge of and/or experience with ADV removals.
  • The project benefits NOAA Trust Resources.
  • The selection of the project location included input from impacted underserved community members.
  • The removal will benefit tribal and/or underserved/low-income communities.
  • There is evidence of diversity, equity, and/or inclusion within the project plan.
  • The proposed approach/methodology for the project is generally sound/appropriate.
  • Relevant legal and environmental concerns have been fully addressed, including a demonstration that the applicant has or will be able to obtain the legal authority to remove the ADV.
  • The project timeframe is realistic, and it can be completed within the award period.
  • All required approvals and permits have been investigated and/or permits have been requested.
  • The budget appears realistic and commensurate with project needs and timeframe.
  • The project budget falls within $50,000 and $1M guidelines.
  • The budget includes matching contributions or in-kind matching funds or an explanation of why match is not feasible.
  • There are clear and measurable outcomes for the project.
  • There is a clear plan for disposing of ADVs after removal.
  • The debris removed will be recycled, reused, and/or repurposed when available and applicable.
  • There is a clear plan for pre- and post-removal monitoring or an explanation of why it’s not feasible.
  • The proposal includes local outreach and education activities directed toward the boating community and general public specific to ADVs.
  • The proposal includes prevention activities that aim to reduce the number of ADVs in the future.