Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Comprehensive Plan Component

The primary objective of this program is to disburse funds to eligible entities according to the funded priorities list approved by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

The Council enters into Interagency Agreements with EPA to expend funds to carry out those Comprehensive Plan projects
and programs that have been assigned to EPA.

Projects funded through this component achieve one or more of the seven objectives listed in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Initial Comprehensive Plan: (1) Restore, Enhance and Protect Habitats, (2) Restore, Improve, and Protect Water Resources, (3) Protect and Restore Living Coastal and Marine Resources, (4) Restore and Enhance Natural Processes and Shorelines, (5) Promote Community Resilience, (6) Promote Natural Resource Stewardship and Environmental Education, and (7) Improve Science-Based Decision-Making Processes.

Projects funded through this component also achieve one or more of the four EPA Gulf of Mexico Program priorities: 1) Restore, protect and enhance habitat, 2) Improve water quality, 3) Enhance community resilience, and 4) Further environmental education.


Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018: Funding priority will be projects on the RESTORE funded priorities list where EPA is listed as the Responsible Council Member.

Please see https://restorethegulf.gov/sites/default/files/FPL_forDec9Vote_Errata_04-07-2016.pdf for more information.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Not applicable - new program.

Fiscal Year 2017: FY2017: Mobile Bay Estuary Program (MBNEP) ? RESTORE Project.

This activity includes engineering and design of a stream restoration plan for restoring Twelve Mile Creek, one of six main tributaries within the Three Mile Creek Watershed and development of an invasive species control program focused on aquatic vegetation in Three Mile Creek The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP)-RESTORE Project Planning activity includes environmental compliance attainment, quality assurance, and pre-monitoring activities for seven priority water quality and habitat improvement elements located throughout the Tampa Bay watershed.

Seven elements of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) would be implemented throughout the Tampa Bay watershed, expected to collectively result in 16.5 tons of nitrogen reduced per year; more than 250 acres of coastal habitat restored and 200 acres of seagrass created.

More than $3.4M from local, state and federal agencies is provided as cash match.

Fiscal Year 2018: FY2018: Projection: Mobile Bay Estuary Program (MBNEP) ? RESTORE Project.

This activity includes implementation of the stream restoration plan for restoring Twelve Mile Creek and implementation the invasive species control program plan focused on aquatic vegetation in Three Mile Creek.

The project will adhere to environmental and other regulatory compliance requirements; quality assurance and post-restoration monitoring. Gulf of Mexico Conservation Enhancement Grant Program (GMCEGP): a funding assistance opportunity to enhance private/public partnerships that support land protection and conservation across the Gulf Coast region.

This program will be available to land conservation organizations such as land trusts, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and state land preservation agencies across the Gulf of Mexico region through a competitive grant selection process.

Gulf of Mexico Estuary Program: This project will develop and stand-up a place-based estuary program encompassing one or more of the following bays in Florida's northwest panhandle region: Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay, Escambia Bay, Choctawhatchee Bay, St.

Andrews Bay and Apalachicola Bay.

The key components of the project include establishing the host organization, host organization hiring key staff, developing Management and Technical committees, determining stressors and then developing and approving a Comprehensive Plan (e.g., CCMP).


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

EPA/Gulf of Mexico Program Office, 2510 14th St., Suite 1212, Gulfport, MS 39501 Attention: Rachel Houge.

Telephone: 228-304-7441.

FAX: 228-679-5921.

E-Mail: houge.rachel@epa.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Tampa Bay Estuary Program $ 1,459,909   2018-08-012023-07-31
Escambia, County Of $ 2,000,000   2018-08-012022-07-31
Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium $ 348,925   2017-10-012019-09-30
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

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 listed on the Council's approved Funded Priorities List (FPL) (https://restorethegulf.gov/sites/default/files/FPL_forDec9Vote_Errata_04-07-2016.pdf) in order to be eligible for funding.

The RESTORE Act, at 33 U.S.C.

section 1321(t)(2)(E)(i), provides that the RESTORE Council, 'acting through' the federal and state Council members, will expend funds to carry out Comprehensive Plan projects and programs; and at (2)(E)(ii)(I) provides that primary authority and responsibility for those programs 'shall be assigned' by the RESTORE Council to the state members or federal agencies.

The Council enters into Interagency Agreements with EPA to expend funds to carry out those Comprehensive Plan projects and programs that have been assigned to EPA.

Awards will be made noncompetitively or competitively based on the authority for the award and EPA procedures.

Competitive awards will be made in accordance with EPA policies and procedures for competitive awards. Projects must be listed in the Funded Priorities List Addendum to the Initial Comprehensive Plan in order to be eligible for funding.

Use of these funds must be in accordance with projects on the funded priorities list with the US Environmental Protection Agency listed as the Responsible Council Member.

Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information.

Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.

Generally, this program makes Federal awards on a discretionary basis.

For further information, please contact the Headquarters or regional office.

Generally this program makes Federal awards on a discretionary basis.

For further information, please contact Headquarters or regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Funds are available to State and local governments, Tribes, colleges and universities, and other public or nonprofit organizations.

Awards will be made noncompetitively or competitively based on the authority for the award and EPA procedures.

Competitive awards will be made in accordance with EPA policies and procedures for competitive awards.

For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Funded Priorities List and Agency policy.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments, interstate agencies, Tribes, colleges and universities, and other public or nonprofit organizations.

Credentials/Documentation

Yes Credentials or documentation are required. Compliance with 2 CFR 200 and 1500, Program Funding Guidance. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Pre-application coordination is required.

Whenever competition is required for the FPL project/program assigned to EPA, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application coordination in the competitive announcement.

For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts' or see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

EPA will have already developed and provided necessary and appropriate environmental assessment information and compliance documentation to the Council prior to the project/program being included on the FPL, or the grant recipient will be preparing the necessary and appropriate environmental assessment information and compliance documentation as part of the project/program scope of work and deliverables.

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. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants should follow the proposal format and instructions provided in the Funding Announcement. All applications for funding must be submitted through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Awards will be made noncompetitively or competitively based on the authority for the award and EPA procedures. For projects on the funded priorities list identified as a competitive award, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.

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, Section 1603, Public Law 112-141, 126 Stat. 588, 33 U.S.C 1321(t)(2). . , Public Law 112-141.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate for application deadlines Approximately 90-180 days following the application deadline as addressed in the competitive funding announcement.

Appeals

Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts.' Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

Contact the Gulf of Mexico Program Office for information.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program has no matching requirements, except when the specific FPL project/program stipulates there is a matching requirement (e.g. ? Gulf of Mexico Conservation Enhancement Grants Program). In those instances, the specific FPL project/program and funding opportunity (if applicable) will provide the details of the matching requirements.. This program does not have MOE requirements. No MOE is required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements.

Agreements may require quarterly, interim, and final progress reports, and expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable.

Program reports are required under this program.

Cash reports are required under this program.

Progress reports are required under this program.

Expenditure reports are required under this program.

Performance monitoring is required under this program.

EPA includes specific reporting requirements for each grant and cooperative agreement in the terms and conditions of the agreement.

EPA includes specific reporting requirements for each grant and cooperative agreement in the terms and conditions of the agreement.

EPA includes specific reporting requirements for each grant and cooperative agreement in the terms and conditions of the agreement.

EPA includes specific reporting requirements for each grant and cooperative agreement in the terms and conditions of the agreement.

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. Yes, in accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F ? Audit Requirements, nonfederal 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

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $2,200,000; and FY 18 est $6,400,000 - Resources under this component are provided by the RESTORE Council to the Environmental Protection Agency as interagency agreements. Projects are then funded by the Environmental Protection Agency according to the RESTORE Council Funded Priorities List. EPA funds the projects where EPA is identified as the Responsible Council Member. Fiscal Year 2016: $0 Fiscal Year 2017 (anticipated): $2.2M Fiscal Year 2018 (estimate): $6.4M.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Projects funded are consistent with the amounts listed in the RESTORE Council Funded Priorities List.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For assistance agreements, the procedures and requirements should be in conformance with 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. EPA/Gulf of Mexico Program Office, 2510 14th St., Suite 1212, Gulfport, MS 39501 Attention: Rachel Houge. Telephone: 228-304-7441. FAX: 228-679-5921. E-Mail: houge.rachel@epa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Rachel Houge 2510 14th Street Suite 1212, Gulfport, Mississippi 39501 Email: houge.rachel@epa.gov Phone: 228-304-7441 Fax: 228-679-5921

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement. Projects will be selected based on the criteria and ranking factors established in the EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program's Competitive Funding Announcement. Leveraged funds and resources may be considered during the evaluation scoring process in accordance with the competitive funding announcement.




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