Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Oil Spill Impact Program

The primary objective of this program is to disburse funds to eligible entities for the purpose of restoring and protecting the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands, and economy of the Gulf Coast region using the best available science in accordance

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with an approved State Expenditure Plan.
Related Programs11.478 Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research_Coastal Ocean Program; 21.015 Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast StatesExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Information on approved State Expenditure Plans and associated projects is available at www.restorethegulf.gov.

Fiscal Year 2017: Information on approved State Expenditure Plans and associated projects is available at www.restorethegulf.gov.

Fiscal Year 2018: Information on approved State Expenditure Plans and associated projects is available at www.restorethegulf.gov.


Agency - Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Environmental Quality, Mississippi Department Of $ 14,326,789   2018-03-152023-07-31
Environmental Quality, Mississippi Department Of $ 1,299,806   2017-04-132022-04-30
Environmental Quality, Mississippi Department Of $ 1,451,147   2018-09-072020-07-31
Coastal Protection And Restoration Authority Of Louisiana $ 19,467,856   2017-03-232020-06-30
Coastal Protection And Restoration Authority Of Louisiana $ 18,520,214   2018-03-192020-05-29
Environmental Quality, Mississippi Department Of $ 1,374,612   2016-05-132019-04-30
Environmental Quality, Texas Commission On $ 292,503   2017-04-062018-12-31
Seminole Tribe Of Florida $ 100,000   2016-06-012018-12-30
Chitimacha Tribe Of Louisiana, The $ 100,000   2016-06-012018-12-30
Gulf Consortium $ 4,640,675   2014-08-232018-11-09



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The intent of this program is to disburse funds to eligible entities for the purpose of restoring and protecting the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands, and economy of the Gulf Coast region using the best available science in accordance with an approved State Expenditure Plan.

All projects, programs, and activities must be eligible activities pursuant to clauses (i) and (ii) of 33 U.S.C.

1321(t)(1)(B) and must be included in an approved State Expenditure Plan (SEP).

The projects, programs and activities must contribute to the overall economic and ecological recovery of the Gulf Coast; the State Expenditure Plan must take into consideration the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Comprehensive Plan (?Comprehensive Plan?), August 2013 with update December 2016, and be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan.

States may select subrecipients to carryout approved projects in the State Expenditure Plan.

No more than 25 percent of the funding made available may be used for infrastructure projects eligible under subclauses (VI) and (VII) of 33 U.S.C.

1321(t)(1)(B)(i) unless the exception in 33 U.S.C.

1321(t)(3)(B)(ii)(II) applies.

Not more than 3 percent of the amounts received by a Gulf Coast State may be used for administrative costs, as defined in the Department of the Treasury Regulations for the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, 31 CFR Part 34, publication of Final Rule December 14, 2015 (80 FR 77239).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are specified by the RESTORE Act and regulations at 31 C.F.R.

Part 34 as the five Gulf Coast States or their administrative agents, as defined in 33 U.S.C.

1321(a)(34), Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

For the development of the State Expenditure Plan, the eligible entities for each Gulf Coast State are as follows: in Alabama, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council; in Florida, a consortia of local political subdivisions that includes at a minimum 1 representative of each affected county; in Louisiana, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana; in Mississippi, the Office of the Governor or an appointee of the Office of the Governor; and in Texas, the Office of the Governor or an appointee of the Office of the Governor [33 U.S.C.

1321(t)(3)(B)(iii)].

Only the above-named entities are eligible applicants who may apply for funding.

The RESTORE Council does not make Spill Impact Program grants directly to other entities or individuals.

States may select subrecipients to carryout approved projects in the State Expenditure Plan.

Interested third parties may contact their jurisdiction listed above to learn more about how the eligible entities select proposed activities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The principal beneficiaries are the people, wildlife, economy/businesses, and natural resources of the Gulf Coast region.

Credentials/Documentation

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Comprehensive Plan, August 2013, and Comprehensive Plan Update 2016, December 2016, apply to this program. Department of the Treasury Regulations for the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, 31 CFR Part 34, publication of the Final Rule December 14, 2015 (80 FR 77239), applies to this program. RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component Planning Allocation, 40 CFR Part 1800, publication date of the Final Rule January 13, 2015 (80 FR 1584), and RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component Allocation, 40 CFR 1800, publication date of Final Rule December 15, 2015 (80 FR 77580) and effective date of April 12, 2016 (81 FR 21478), also apply to this program. All State Expenditure Plans must (1) describe the best available science, as applicable, that informed the State's selection of each project or program, and (2) include a certification that projects and programs are based on the best available science as defined in the RESTORE Act. Best available science is defined in the RESTORE Act as science that (A) maximizes the quality, objectivity, and integrity of information, including statistical information; (B) uses peer-reviewed and publicly available data; and (C) clearly documents and communicates risks and uncertainties in the scientific basis for such projects. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Eligible entities may apply to the Council through a two-phase application process.

The first part of the application process is the submission of a State Expenditure Plan (SEP), which must be approved by the RESTORE Council Chairperson.

The second part of the application process is the submission of grant application materials by the eligible entities for individual projects or programs contained within the approved SEP.

State Expenditure Plan Guidelines have been published by the Council and are available at www.restorethegulf.gov.

A Request for Applications (RFA) for Planning Assistance was published December 31, 2014 (79 FR 78779; and Grants.gov grant opportunity number GCC-GRANT-SEP-15-001).

A subsequent Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Spill Impact Component was published June 3, 2016 (81 FR 35769 and Grants.gov grant opportunity number GCC-SEP-16-001).

Eligible applicants must develop and submit a State Expenditure Plan in accordance with the requirements of 33 U.S.C.

1321(t)(3) for approval by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Chairperson.

Projects and programs implemented under an SEP will be required to comply with all environmental and permitting requirements, as applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Council?s automated grants management system, the Restoration Assistance and Award Management System (RAAMS), will be utilized for submission of all State Expenditure Plans, grant applications and supporting information. Following the submission and approval of an optional Planning State Expenditure Plan (PSEP), eligible entities may request planning assistance to develop a full State Expenditure Plan (SEP) by submitting documentation in RAAMS as specified in the RFA for Planning Assistance, publication December 31, 2014 (79 FR 78779). After submission and approval of an SEP, eligible entities must submit complete application packages in RAAMS to request funding for individual approved projects and programs. Required application materials are specified in the NOFA published June 3, 2016 (81 FR 35769). The full text of the NOFA and the Council?s Guidelines for Development of State Expenditure Plans are available at www.restorethegulf.gov.

Award Procedures

Applications are approved by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States (RESTORE) Act of 2012, Title 33, Part 1321(t)(3), Section 1603(3), Public Law 112-141, 126 Stat. 588, 33 U.S.C 1321(t)(2).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

No formal procedure. If an application is unacceptable, the applicant is fully informed and the applicant may revise the application.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 40, Chapter VIII, Part 1800. The statutory formula for this program applies to the allocation of the funds available under the Spill Impact Component (40 CFR Part 1800), set forth in the RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component Allocation Final Rule, publication date December 15, 2015 (80 FR 77580) and effective date April 12, 2016 (81 FR 21478), and articulated in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published June 3, 2016 (81 FR 35769). This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance is specified in the grant award documents. Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Individual awards will specify if and when program reports are required.

Individual awards will specify if and when cash reports are required.

Performance reports are required annually, unless the risk assessment of the recipient and/or subrecipient indicates that more frequent reports are required.

Financial status reports, including expenditures, are required semi-annually, unless the risk assessment of the recipient and/or subrecipient indicates that more frequent reports are required.

Individual awards and risk assessments will specify performance monitoring requirements.

Recipients are responsible for oversight of the operations of award supported-activities, including monitoring of subrecipients, to assure that compliance with applicable Federal requirements and performance expectations are being achieved.

Audits

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.

Records

All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of recipients or subrecipients are required to be maintained by the terms of the award. The recipient must retain records for three years from the date when the final expenditure report is submitted.

Financial Information

Account Identification

95-1770-0-1-452.

Obigations

(Project Grants (for specified projects)) FY 16 $6,015,287; FY 17 est $19,760,358; and FY 18 est $150,000,000 - Financial assistance is provided as grants to eligible State entities to carry out projects and programs contained within an approved State Expenditure Plan.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No data available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Department of the Treasury Regulations for the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, 31 CFR Part 23, publication date of the Final Rule December 14, 2015 (80 FR 77239). The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Initial Comprehensive Plan, August 2013. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Comprehensive Plan Update 2016, December 2016. 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council RESTORE Act Oil Spill Component Planning Allocation Final Rule, 40 CFR Part 1800, January 13, 2015 (80 FR 1584); RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component Allocation Final Rule, 40 CFR 1800, publication date December 15, 2015 (80 FR 77580) and effective date April 12, 2016 (81 FR 21478).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Kristin Smith 500 Poydras St, Suite 1117, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 Email: kristin.smith@restorethegulf.gov Phone: 504-444-3558

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All projects, programs, and activities must be included in an approved State Expenditure Plan in order to be funded.



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