Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Comprehensive Plan Component 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.

Projects and programs must achieve one or more of the seven objectives listed in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Initial Comprehensive Plan and Update 2016: (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.
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: The Council-Selected Restoration Component Funded Priorities List and information regarding grants and interagency agreements awarded is available at www.restorethegulf.gov.

Fiscal Year 2017: The Council-Selected Restoration Component Funded Priorities List and information regarding grants and interagency agreements awarded is available at www.restorethegulf.gov.

Fiscal Year 2018: The Council-Selected Restoration Component Funded Priorities List 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 $ 2,100,000   2018-06-082023-06-07
Environmental Quality, Texas Commission On $ 2,100,000   2018-06-012023-05-31
Conservation & Natural Resources, Alabama Dept Of $ 2,100,000   2018-05-162023-05-15
Coastal Protection And Restoration Authority Of Louisiana $ 2,100,000   2018-05-162023-05-15
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 2,093,880   2018-04-232023-03-31
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 5,967,000   2017-06-152022-12-31
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 2,884,000   2017-08-252022-08-25
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 2,219,856   2017-07-102022-07-10
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 856,430   2018-04-022021-10-31
Coastal Protection And Restoration Authority Of Louisiana $ 9,300,000   2018-03-062021-09-30



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.

Proposals must identify which Comprehensive Plan goals the proposal will address.

A proposal sponsor must select a single primary goal.

Multiple secondary goals are encouraged to be identified.

The Comprehensive Plan goals are as follows.

1.

Restore and Conserve Habitat ? Restore and conserve the health, diversity and resilience of key coastal, estuarine and marine habitats.

2.

Restore Water Quality and Quantity ? Restore and protect the water quality and quantity of the Gulf Coast region?s fresh, estuarine and marine waters.

3.

Replenish and Protect Living Coastal and Marine Resources ? Restore and protect healthy, diverse and sustainable living coastal and marine resources.

4.

Enhance Community Resilience ? Build upon and sustain communities with capacity to adapt to short- and long-term changes.

5.

Restore and Revitalize the Gulf Economy ? Enhance the sustainability and resiliency of the Gulf economy.

Proposals also must clearly identify which Comprehensive Plan objectives the proposal will address.

A proposal sponsor must select a single primary objective.

Multiple secondary objectives are encouraged to be identified.

The Comprehensive Plan objectives are as follows: 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.

Additional information may be found in the Initial Comprehensive Plan and Update 2016.

Projects must be listed in the Funded Priorities List Addendum to the Comprehensive Plan in order to be eligible for funding.

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

The Council will periodically request proposals from its eleven state and federal members.

The Council members are the only entities eligible to submit proposals.

The RESTORE Council does not award Council-Selected Restoration Component grants directly to other entities or individuals.

Under the RESTORE Act, Council members are the Governors of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, the Administrator of the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency, and the Secretaries of the U.S.

Departments of the Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, Homeland Security, and Army.

When selecting projects and programs to be prioritized for funding under the Comprehensive Plan, the Council assigns primary authority and responsibility for overseeing and implementing projects and programs to a Gulf Coast state or federal agency represented on the Council.

Council members may select subrecipients to carryout approved projects or programs.

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

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are the people, wildlife, and natural resources of the Gulf Coast region.

Credentials/Documentation

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Initial 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 Final Rule December 14, 2015 (80 FR 77239), applies to this program. All proposals must demonstrate that best available science has been taken into consideration and must clearly articulate how it meets each part of the definition of best available science provided by 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

To receive funding under the Council-Selected Restoration Component, Council members must take part in a two-phase submission and application process.

Both phases of the submission and application process must be completed before a member will receive an official award from the Council and be able to receive funding.

This process was outlined in the Notice of Application Process, published May 4, 2015 (80 FR 25294), and further explained in the Request for Applications for Funding for the 12/09/2015 Funded Priorities List, published December 31, 2015 (80 FR 81819).

An environmental impact assessment is 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 proposals, applications and supporting information. Eligible entities submitted project and program proposals to the Council, and selected projects and programs were included on the Funded Priorities List (FPL) Addendum to the Comprehensive Plan. Following the publication of the first FPL Addendum on December 12, 2015, eligible entities must submit a complete application package in RAAMS to request funding for individual approved projects. Required application materials are specified in the Request for Applications (RFA) for Funding, published December 31, 2015 (80 FR 81819). The full text of the RFA is 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, Sec. 1603(2); 33 U.S.C. 1321(t)(2), Section 1603, Public Law 112-112-141, 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 submit a revised application.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project periods are specified in the grant award and interagency agreement documents. Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis, although advances may be authorized as specified in 2 CFR Part 200. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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

Individual awards and agreements 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 semiannually, unless the risk assessment of the recipient and/or subrecipient indicates that more frequent reports are required.

Individual awards and agreements 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) FY 16 $7,759,216; FY 17 est $83,250,000; and FY 18 est $102,500,000 - Financial assistance is provided by the RESTORE Council as project grants to eligible State entities and as Interagency agreements with eligible Federal Servicing Agencies.

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 Final Rule, 31 CFR Part 23, 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. The RESTORE Act Initial Funded Priorities List, December 15, 2015 (80 FR 77585), available at www.restorethegulf.gov. Council Member Proposal Submission Guidelines for Comprehensive Plan Funded Priorities List of Projects and Programs, July 2014, available at www.restorethegulf.gov. 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

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

Successful proposals must address the elements described in the Comprehensive Plan of the RESTORE Council (August 2013; available at www.restorethegulf.gov) and Update 2016 (December 2016; available at www.restorethegulf.gov). All projects submitted for funding must be included on the approved Council-Selected Restoration Component Funded Priorities List.



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