National TRAP Program


What do you need to know?

Find the answers to common questions about the TRAP program. Got a question that isn’t answered below? Contact us directly and we’ll get it answered!

How do I apply for TRAP Program funding?

Please apply for funding online after creating a WizeHive account. An informational webinar that walks through the application process is available on the TRAP Program website. Please refer to the program’s Request for Proposal page (RFP) as you work through the application to ensure that all required elements are included.

Projects last for one year.

Projects may take place within the coastal waterways of the United States, territories, or the Freely Associated States (FAS) of the Pacific, which includes the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

Yes, there will be subsequent annual opportunities for funding, but funding is only available for one-year long projects. 

Yes. If the applicant’s proposal is selected for funding but cannot be funded for the full amount requested, the TRAP Program team is willing to negotiate with applicants on the amount of funding that can be provided.

No, the TRAP Program only funds projects that are focused on derelict fishing traps. No other types of derelict gear removal efforts will be considered.

The TRAP Program will hold an annual meeting for applicants who are awarded funding. While meeting attendance is not required, it is strongly encouraged. The annual meeting will be held in Gloucester Point, Virginia, in the fall season of 2025. More details will be provided to award recipients.

Yes, any expected equipment costs may be included in the proposal’s budget narrative as a separate line item.

Yes, all funded projects must use the ArcGIS Survey123 App for data collection for the TRAP Program.

No, we are unable to accept any applications after the deadline. This is to keep things fair for all applicants by requiring the same standards and timeline for everyone.