Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP)


The intent of the program is to disburse funding to eligible producing states and coastal political subdivisions for the purpose of conservation, protection, or restoration of coastal areas including wetlands; mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife, or natural resources; planning assistance and the administrative costs of complying with these objectives; implementation of a federally-approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan; and mitigation of the impact of outer Continental Shelf activities through funding of onshore infrastructure projects and public service needs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/03/2014 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended; 31 U.S.C. 6301-6305.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States eligible to receive funding are: Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and 67 coastal political subdivisions among the six states.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The producing coastal states, their eligible coastal political subdivisions, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.
Applicants must provide documentation that they have met state and local permitting requirements. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Prior to submitting any grant applications an eligible state must submit to MMS, for approval, a State Plan that provides detail on how a State and its Coastal Political Subdivisions (CPS) will use the CIAP funds and implement the state plan. To assist the States in developing a plan the MMS issued final Coastal Impact Assistance Program Guidelines, and published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, September 29, 2006. Coastal Political Subdivisions and State are required by the Act to work together to develop their Plan. The plan should contain prescribed components from Section 384 of the amended OCS Lands Act, which includes an implementation program representing both parties' interests. The State point of contact submits the Plan to the MMS for approval. The MMS will determine within 20 calendar days after receipt of a Plan or Plan amendment whether additional information is needed. If no deficiencies are identified and the required number of copies has been received, the Plan or amendment will be deemed complete. Once a Plan or amendment is determined complete, MMS will have 90 calendar days to notify the State in writing that the Plan or amendment is approved, disapproved, or remains under review (in which case the Plan or amendment is neither approved nor disapproved). If MMS fails to provide such written notice to the State, the Plan or amendment is deemed to be disapproved. If MMS notifies the State that the Plan or amendment remains under review, MMS will also provide the State with an estimate of the amount of additional time necessary to complete its review. If a Plan or amendment is disapproved, the State may revise and resubmit it. The MMS will then have 20 calendar days to determine completeness; once MMS determines that the revised Plan or amendment is complete, MMS will then have 90 calendar days to approve or disapprove the revised Plan or amendment. On April 16, 2007 MMS released the recipient allotment amounts that will be eligible to spend in 2007 and 2008. The States and CPSs will use this information to develop grant project applications with detailed descriptions of their individual projects, including detailed breakdowns of costs. The recipients will provide in each application the current status of Federal, State and local permits required for the project. A completed grant project application is to be submitted electronically through Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Specific projects submitted to the MMS for funding are subject to the Department of the Interior Regulations at 43 CFR Part 12, Subparts C and E, or any subsequent revisions. The OMB SF-424 application forms must be used for this program. Applications are submitted electronically through
Award Procedure
The MMS provides a notice of award to the recipient.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
MMS will have 90 days to notify the State in writing that the Plan or amendment is approved, disapproved, or remains under review (in which case the Plan or amendment is neither approved nor disapproved). No time limit is established for review of projects.
Applicants can appeal disapproval of Plans or project applications no later than December 2010.
Proposals are submitted for a project period. Projects that were approved and funded during the previous project period may be submitted as renewals for subsequent project periods.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for approving proposals are identified in the Coastal Impact Assistance Program Guidelines located at: Coastal Impact Assistance Program State Plan Guidelines ( and the program announcement found on
How may assistance be used?
Can only be used to directly benefit an authorized use to conserve, restore, enhance, and protect renewable natural resources. Funding cannot be used for projects that would not provide a direct benefit, including but not limited to, supporting litigation or to fund publicity or lobbying efforts for purposes of influencing or attempting to influence a member of the U.S. Congress or an agency of the Federal government.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual and final technical reports are required. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Annual financial reports using the Federal Financial Report SF-425 are required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: In accordance with the language of the Act no State will receive less than 1 percent of the $250 million to be disbursed per year. Of the percentage received by a State, 65 percent remains with the State, and 35 percent is awarded to the coastal political subdivisions (CPS).
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants will normally be awarded in 12-month budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Alaska: MMS Regional CIAP Representative, Minerals Management Service, OCS Region, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503; Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas: MMS Regional CIAP Representative, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, MS 5400, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123; California: MMS Regional CIAP Representative, Minerals Management Service, Pacific OCS Region, 770 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, California 93010 .
Headquarters Office
National CIAP Coordinator 381 Elden Street, MS 4040, Herndon, Virginia 20170 Phone: (703) 787-1755
Website Address .
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 10 $0; FY 11 est $0; and FY 12 est $0 - Program transfered to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. Award funds are still being expended and final program transfer will occur in FY 2011.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Coastal Impact Assistance Program State Plan Guidelines found at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.