Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Oil Spill Impact 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 in accordance with an approved State Expenditure Plan.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
87.052
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States (RESTORE) Act of 2012, Title 33, Part 1321(t)(3), Section 1603(3), Public Law 112-141, 126 Stat. 588, 33 U.S.C 1321(t)(2).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are specified by the RESTORE Act and regulations at 31 C.F.R. Part 34 as the five Gulf Coast States or their administrative agents, as defined in 33 U.S.C. 1321(a)(34), Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. For the development of the State Expenditure Plan, the eligible entities for each Gulf Coast State are as follows: in Alabama, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council; in Florida, a consortia of local political subdivisions that includes at a minimum 1 representative of each affected county; in Louisiana, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana; in Mississippi, the Office of the Governor or an appointee of the Office of the Governor; and in Texas, the Office of the Governor or an appointee of the Office of the Governor [33 U.S.C. 1321(t)(3)(B)(iii)]. Only the above-named entities are eligible applicants who may apply for funding. The RESTORE Council does not make Spill Impact Program grants directly to other entities or individuals. States may select sub-recipients to carryout approved projects in the State Expenditure Plan. Interested third parties may contact their jurisdiction listed above to learn more about how the eligible entities select proposed activities.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The principal beneficiaries are the people, wildlife, economy/businesses, and natural resources of the Gulf Coast region.
Credentials/Documentation
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Initial Comprehensive Plan, August 2013, applies to this program.
Department of the Treasury Regulations for the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, 31 CFR Part 34, publication date of the Interim Final Rule August 15, 2014 (79 FR 48039); (publication date of the Final Rule TBD), applies to this program.
RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component Planning Allocation, 40 CFR Part 1800, publication date of the Final Rule January 13, 2015 (80 FR 1584), applies to this program. 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
Eligible entities may apply to the Council for a grant to use the minimum allocation available under the Spill Impact Component of the RESTORE Act for planning purposes. This is a two-phase application process. The first part of the application process is the submission of a planning State Expenditure Plan (SEP), which must be approved by the RESTORE Council Chairperson. The second part of the application process is the submission of grant application materials by the eligible entities. State Expenditure Plan Guidelines have been published and are available at www.restorethegulf.gov. A Request for Applications (RFA) for Planning Assistance was published December 31, 2014 (79 FR 78779; and Grants.gov grant opportunity number GCC-GRANT-SEP-15-001). A subsequent RFA for State Expenditure Plan applications will be published. Eligible applicants must develop and submit a State Expenditure Plan in accordance with the requirements of 33 U.S.C. 1321(t)(3) for approval by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. Projects will be required to comply with all environmental and permitting requirements, as applicable. NEPA decisions have not been finalized by the Council yet and will be included in the Interim Final and Final Rules for the Spill Impact Program, publication TBD.. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Following the submission and approval of a Planning State Expenditure Plan, eligible entities may submit a request for planning assistance to develop a full State Expenditure Plan by submitting an SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) and Form SF-424A (Budget Information-Non-Construction Programs), and other documents as specified in the RFA for Planning Assistance, publication December 31, 2014 (79 FR 78779). After approval of the State Expenditure Plan, eligible entities must submit a complete application package to request funding for individual approved projects. Required application materials will be specified in the RFA, publication TBD.
Award Procedure
Applications are approved by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Appeals
No formal procedure. If an application is unacceptable, the applicant is fully informed and the applicant may revise the application.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
All applications for projects, programs, and activities must be included in the approved State Expenditure Plan in order to be funded.
How may assistance be used?
The intent of this program is to disburse 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 in accordance with an approved State Expenditure Plan. 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 included in an approved State Expenditure Plan (SEP). The projects, programs and activities must contribute to the overall economic and ecological recovery of the Gulf Coast; the State Expenditure Plan must take into consideration the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Initial Comprehensive Plan (“Comprehensive Plan”), August 2013, and be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan. States may select sub-recipients to carryout approved projects in the State Expenditure Plan. No more than 25 percent of the funding made available may be used for infrastructure projects eligible under subclauses (VI) and (VII) of 33 U.S.C. 1321(t)(1)(B)(i) unless the exception in 33 U.S.C. 1321(t)(3)(B)(ii)(II) applies. 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 Interim Final Rule August 15, 2014 (79 FR 48039); (publication of Final Rule TBD).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Individual awards will specify if and when program reports are required. Individual awards will specify if and when cash reports are required. Progress reports are required semi-annually, unless the risk assessment of the applicant and/or sub-applicant indicate that more frequent reports are required. Financial status reports are required semi-annually, unless the risk assessment of the applicant and/or sub-applicant indicate that more frequent reports are required. Individual awards and risk assessments 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.
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
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of recipients or sub-recipients 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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. The statutory formula for this program applies to the allocation of the funds available under the Spill Impact Component. Once the amount of the allocation has been determined, no further allocation formula is applied with respect to the development of the State Expenditure Plan.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of performance is specified in the grant award documents. Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
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
Website Address
http://www.restorethegulf.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
95-1770-0-1-452.
Obligations
(Project Grants (for specified projects)) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $48,977,572
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, 31 CFR Part 23, publication date of the Interim Final Rule August 15, 2014 (79 FR 48039); (publication date of the Final Rule TBD).
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Initial Comprehensive Plan, August 2013
2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, (December 26, 2013)
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council RESTORE Act Oil Spill Component Final Rule, 40 CFR Part 1800, January 13, 2015 (80 CFR 1584).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.