Coastal Impact Assistance Program

 

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
Active
Program Number
15.668
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The program received 295 applications and issued 277 awards. Fiscal Year 2015: The program anticipates to receiving 150 applications and issuing 168 awards. Applications received will be amendments to existing grants. Fiscal Year 2016: The program anticipates receiving 50 application and issuing 90 awards.
Authorization
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 public will ultimately benefit from the program.
Credentials/Documentation
Yes. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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 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. An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on this process when applying for assistance and on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. 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 Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Specific projects submitted 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 Grants.gov.
Award Procedure
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) provides a notice of award to the recipient.
Deadlines
Dec 31, 2016 December 31, 2016 The deadline for submission of amendments to existing grants is December 31, 2016.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
FWS will have 30-60 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). FWS will have 30-60 days to review projects submitted by the State or the coastal political divisions and notify applicant of approval/disapproval.
Appeals
Applicants can appeal the disapproval of their plan or project application no later than 90 days after the notice of decision. Applicants must contact FWS headquarters’ office in writing if they are appealing a decision.
Renewals
Proposals are submitted for a project period. Projects that were approved and funded during the previous project period may be submitted again in subsequent project periods.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for approving proposals are identified in the Coastal Impact Assistance Program Guidelines authorizing legislation and the annual program announcement found on Grants.gov.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. A performance report is required for each grant award annually within 90 days after the anniversary date or within 90 days of the end of the grant. A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required for each grant award annually within 90 days after the anniversary date or within 90 days of the end of the grant. Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance of each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12 and 2 CFR Part 170.
Auditing
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
Cost records must be maintained separately for each grant. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for three years after submission of the final Financial Status 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. The CIAP Program does not require recipients to cost share or match CIAP funds. Of the percentage received by a State, 65 percent remains with the State, and 35 percent is awarded to the coastal political subdivisions. Maintenance of effort requirements is not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants will normally be awarded for 12-month periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 43 CFR Part 12, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: WSFR, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2156
Website Address
http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-5579-0-2-306.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $37,892,893; FY 15 est $15,000,000; and FY 16 est $5,000,000 - (FORMULA GRANTS) FY14 $ 37,892,893, awarded; $134,409,247, disbursed; FY15 est $15,000,000 awarded, est $200,000,000 disbursed; FY16 est $5,000,000, est $200,000,000 disbursed
No new funding for this program is expected. All grant work must be completed by December 31, 2016 with financial and performance reports submitted 90 to 180 days after the end of the performance period. CFDA should remain active through FY17 to allow grantees to finish grant funded work and to allow Bureau to close-out the program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$20,000 - $20,000,000; average $1,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: The deadline for submission of new grant applications was December 31, 2013. Projects submitted must fall under one or more of the five authorized uses established under the program authority.

Analysis of Hurricane Ike Storm Surge, B-14 Stream Restoration for Tributary to D’Olive Creek, South Padre Island Beach and Dune Restoration. Fiscal Year 2015: Program anticipates funding ongoing projects awarded in FY12 and FY13. Fiscal Year 2016: Program anticipates funding ongoing projects awarded in FY12 and FY13.