Marine Minerals Activities

To evaluate OCS sand deposits for coastal restoration and beach nourishment needs, and to foster good working relationships regarding OCS mineral issues with coastal States due to effects from hurricanes and coastal erosion.

This can be accomplished through a variety of activities such as conducting
state needs assessments, geophysical and geological surveys of specific areas on the OCS, analysis of existing or new geophysical and geological data to delineate new borrow areas, offshore bathymetry research, seismic data analysis and interpretation, application of marine resistivity or other geophysical techniques for sand resource identification, and cultural resources identification.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

BOEM New Orleans Office: GOM OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70123-2394; BOEM Pacific Office: 770 Paseo Camarillo, 2nd Floor, Camarillo, CA 93010.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2019: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funds must be spent for OCS-related sand activities.

These cooperative agreements are awarded to assist States in order to identify needs and sand supplies for beach nourishment projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Proposals are received from coastal States in need of coastal restoration.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State agencies and organizations participating in the project, as well as the general public.


States submit proposals to BOEM, which furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed research. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

A Notice of Funding Availability was posted on notifying applicants that BOEM was accepting proposals for the FY 2014 funding opportunities.

Qualified applicants were given an opportunity to define their requirements and needs through the submittal of a proposal.

After review, BOEM reviewed the applications and chose award recipients.

Applicants should consult the office of official designated as the single point of contact in their State to find out if the State has selected this program for review and for information on the process the State requires when applying for Federal assistance.

For FY2016, the current cooperative agreements will be modified to continue new work that BOEM will specify.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR Part 12, or any subsequent revisions. The standard SF-424 application forms must be used for this program. Applicants will be asked to submit their proposals electronically through

Award Procedures

BOEM and potentially representatives from other Federal agencies will review and discuss the States' proposals and make the final decision on the funding for a project. A notification of a cooperative agreement award is issued so the project can begin.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. 1331.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

90 days.


Not Applicable.


Projects that were approved and funded during the previous fiscal year may be submitted as renewals for subsequent years unless otherwise stated in the Notice of Funding Availability.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: The Leasing Division-Marine Minerals Program encourages a 1-to-1 match of each Federal dollar with a nonfederal dollar. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreements will normally be awarded in 12-month budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual and final technical reports are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.


Annual and final financial reports using the OMB SF-425 form are required.



In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 17 Not Available; FY 18 est $0; and FY 19 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $500,000 to $600,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations include the OCS Lands Act, Endangered Species Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. BOEM New Orleans Office: GOM OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70123-2394; BOEM Pacific Office: 770 Paseo Camarillo, 2nd Floor, Camarillo, CA 93010.

Headquarters Office

Chief BOEM, Leasing Division, 45600 Woodland Road, MS 3120, , Sterling, Virginia 20166 Phone: (703) 787-1215

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The most important criteria are the relevance to State and Federal needs, technical ability of the State agency, and cost of the project.

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