Estuary Habitat Restoration Program


The objectives of the ERA program are to provide Federal assistance for estuary habitat restoration projects while encouraging partnerships among public agencies and non-governmental organizations, supporting innovation, and monitoring the success of funded projects.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of The Army, Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Estuary Restoration Act of 2000, as amended, Public Law 106-106-457, 33 U.S.C. 2901-2908, Statute 114,1957
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility
Recipients must prepare, retain, and upon request provide documentation of their expenditure of funds on reasonable, allocable, and allowable expenses for ERA projects.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Proposals will be reviewed by a five agency team which will provide recommendations to the Estuary Habitat Restoration Council. The Council will review the team's recommendations and provide a prioritized list of proposals recommended for funding consideration to the Assistant Secreatary of the Army for Civil Works. The Assistant Secretary will then approve funding of selected proposals. A Cooperative Agreement or cost-sharing agreement will be negotiated and executed prior to distribution of funds.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Solicitations issued to invite proposals contain detailed criteria which may vary year to year. In order to be considered projects must address restoration needs indentified in an estuary habitat restoration plan as defined in the Estuary Restoration Act or 2000 as amended., be consistent with the esturay habitat restoration strategy, include a monitoring plan that meets the monitoring standards and include satisfactory assurances from the non-Federal interests that they will have adequate personnel, funding and authority to carry out items of local cooperation and properly maintain the project for the long term. The qualifications of the prinicipal parties are considered along wiht the scope of the projects and geographic location. A complete list is contained in the solicitations.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance may be provided only for projects that meet the requirement in the Estuary Restoratoin Act of 2000 as amended. Additionally the Non-Federal interest must enter into a written agreement to furnish its required share of the costs of the project and provide long term opportaion, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, and replacement of the restoration.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Periodic inspections by agency staff are conducted throughout the award period and subsequent to project construction.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 35%. Non-Federal applicants must fund at least 35% of the total cost of an approved ERA program project.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Seven years after execution of the agreement. Assistance is incrementally released based on periodically submitted cost documentation.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Ellen Cumings
441 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20314 US
Phone: 202-761-4750
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 17 FY 16 est $70,000.00; FY 15 est $600,000.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.


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