Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States
Treasury administers the Direct Component and Centers of Excellence Research Grants Programs. The primary objective of the Direct Component is to disburse funds to eligible entities for the ecological and economic restoration of the Gulf Coast Region. For the Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program, the primary objective is for the establishment of Centers of Excellence for science, technology, and monitoring in the Gulf Coast States.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Department of The Treasury
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012, Title 31, Part 34, 126 Stat. 588, 33 U.S.C 1321(t)(1).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The RESTORE Act specifies who may apply to receive funds under the Direct Component Grant Program. Treasury's regulations list the Direct Component eligible states, counties, and parishes who may apply as follows: in Alabama, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council or such administrative agent as it may designate; in Florida, the Florida counties of Bay, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Hernando , Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Monroe, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, Taylor, Wakulla, and Walton; in Louisiana, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board of Louisiana through the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana; in Louisiana, the Louisiana parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Vermilion; In Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; and In Texas, the Office of the Governor or an appointee of the Office of the Governor. The RESTORE Act also specifies who may apply to receive funds under the Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program. Treasury's final rule, lists the Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program eligible applicants for each state as follows: in Alabama, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council or such administrative agent as it may designate; in Florida, the Florida Institute of Oceanography; in Louisiana, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board of Louisiana through the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana; in Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; and in Texas, the Office of the Governor or an appointee of the Office of the Governor.
The beneficiaries are the coastal communities of the Gulf Coast Region.
For the Direct Component Grant Program, the eligible entity must first have a multiyear implementation plan accepted by the U.S. Department of Treasury. Following acceptance of the plan, the eligible entity may submit a grant application for projects identified in the plan. A multiyear implementation plan is not required for the Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program. The required documentation for both Direct Component funds and Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program funds is set forth in their respective Funding Opportunity Announcements.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application Procedures are provided in the Funding Opportunity Announcements.
Awards are approved by Treasury's Office of the Fiscal Assistant Secretary.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 120 days from receipt of a complete and compliant application.
If an application is unacceptable, the applicant is informed and the applicant may revise the application.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
For the Direct Component, the RESTORE Act specifies the types of eligible programs, projects, and activities which includes the following: (1) Restoration and protection of the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast Region; (2) Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife and natural resources; (3) Implementation of a Federally approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan, including fisheries monitoring; (4) Workforce development and job creation; (5)
Improvements to or on state parks located in coastal areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; (6)
Infrastructure projects benefitting the economy or ecological resources, including port infrastructure; (7)
Coastal flood protection and related infrastructure; (8)
Planning assistance; (9) Promotion of tourism in the Gulf Coast Region, including promotion of recreational fishing;
(10) Promotion of the consumption of seafood harvested from the Gulf Coast Region; and (11) Administrative costs.
Not more than 3 percent of the amounts received by the eligible entity 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.
For the Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program, the Act specifies a focus on science, technology and
monitoring in at least one of five disciplines.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance reports are required semi-annually by both programs, unless the risk assessment of the recipient and/or subrecipient indicates that more frequent reports are required.
See 2 CFR 200, Subpart F.
All records must be maintained for 3 years from the date of submission of the final annual financial status report. If questions remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 31 Chapter Department of the Treasury Part 34 Subpart B
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant Performance Periods may range from 1 to 5 years as specified in the notice of award. Funds must be spent within the grant performance period. Funds are provided through the Automated Standard Application for Payments system.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Dorothy L. Rayfield
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20220 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$18,231,789.00; FY 19 est $119,000,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$53,699,007.00; FY 14 Estimate Not Available FY 13 Estimate Not Available FY 12$0.00; Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
31 CFR Part 34
Examples of Funded Projects