Acting Executive Director Recommends Approval of Louisiana State Expenditure Plan
The Acting Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) has recommended that the Council Chair, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, approve Louisiana’s State Expenditure Plan (SEP). Under the Spill Impact Component of the RESTORE Act, States are required to develop SEPs and submit them for approval by the Council Chair. The Acting Executive Director’s recommendation and the Louisiana SEP can be found at the links below:
Acting Executive Director Recommends Approval of Mississippi State Expenditure Plan
The Acting Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) has recommended that the Council Chair, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, approve Mississippi's State Expenditure Plan (SEP). Under the Spill Impact Component of the RESTORE Act, States are required to develop SEPs and submit them for approval by the Council Chair. The Acting Executive Director’s recommendation and the Mississippi SEP can be found at the links below:
More information on SEPs and the Spill Impact Component can be found below.
Notice of Funding Availability for the Spill Impact Component Implementation Grants
The full text of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) can be found below:
This is a two-phase application process. The first part of the application process is the submission of a State Expenditure Plan (SEP) by the eligible entities, which must be approved by the RESTORE Council Chairperson. Only the five Gulf Coast states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida) may submit a State Expenditure Plan and receive funding for projects and programs under the Spill Impact Component. The second part of the application process is the submission of grant application materials. The grant application cannot be submitted until the SEP has been approved by the Chairperson. Both the SEP and the grant application must be submitted through the Restoration Assistance and Award Management System (RAAMS). The portal to RAAMS and the RAAMS user’s guide can be found on the Council Grants Office page.
The NOFA for the Spill Impact Component Grants provides detailed information and requirements for both phases.
Guidelines for Development of State Expenditure Plans
On March 17, 2016, the Council updated guidelines that describe the required elements of a State Expenditure Plan (or SEP), the process for submitting a SEP, and the standards by which the Chairperson will evaluate the SEP. The Guidelines also describe the requirements for a Planning SEP authorized by the RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component Planning Allocation Final Rule (80 FR 1584). The guidelines are available by clicking on the link below.
About State Expenditure Plans
Each Gulf Coast State will develop a State Expenditure Plan describing how it will disburse the amounts allocated under the Spill Impact Component. These projects, programs, and activities will be implemented in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of the RESTORE Act as well as the Goals and Objectives of the Comprehensive Plan.
The RESTORE Act provides the scope of activities eligible for funding under the Spill Impact Component. As described in the Act, these activities can include:
- Restoration and protection of the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast region.
- Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife, and natural resources.
- Implementation of a federally approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan, including fisheries monitoring.
- Workforce development and job creation.
- Improvements to or on State parks located in coastal areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
- Infrastructure projects benefitting the economy or ecosystem resources, including port infrastructure.
- Coastal flood protection and related infrastructure.
- Planning assistance.
- Administrative costs of complying with the Act.
- Promotion of tourism in the Gulf Coast region, including recreational fishing.
- Promotion of the consumption of seafood harvested from the Gulf Coast region.
Once a State Expenditure Plan is approved by the Council, a grant will be awarded to the State, in accordance with a formula developed by the Council as directed by the Act, for specific projects, programs, and activities identified in the State Expenditure Plan.