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The Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program

Baja tourists swear the Eastern North Pacific grays (aka California grays) are just as curious about them as they are about the whales. They claim the magnificent mammals often swim up to whale watching boats as if welcoming interaction. Perhaps they are just happy to be back in the warm waters of Mexico after traveling 10,000 miles from their feeding grounds in Alaska’s Bering Sea. Or perhaps, in their own way, they are thanking humans for the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Under its protection, they were among the first to recover and be removed from the endangered list. Unfortunately, not all marine life has fared so well. Many species and their habitats are still vulnerable and in need of protection. Since human intervention has been documented to make a difference, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) is offering funding to strengthen coastal ecosystems for the benefit of all life forms who depend on them.

Federal vs. Foundation Funding - Embrace Them Both

Should we wait for a fresh, rich brew to percolate or settle for instant? Shop across town where prices are low or jet into our nearest convenience store? Savor the book or catch the movie? Life is a balance between effort and outcome, a constant trade-off between return and investment. The grant world offers the same dilemma. Public vs. private funding, which shall it be? Government grants offer the biggest jackpots, but are labor-intensive. Foundation grants offer smaller rewards, but are less time-consuming. Let’s look at the major pros and cons of each.

It's A Parlour Game...

According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, as cited in the president’s FY16 annual budget, federal agencies awarded more than $600 billion in grant funding to state and local governments, higher education, and other public sector organizations. Recent grant reform has emphasized improving the performance of each grant program from these federal agencies.