On 21 August 2014, The RESTORE Council announced its proposal submission window for Council members. The project submission window for members opened 21 August 2014 and will close no earlier than 17 November 2014. (Note: Each State may have an earlier deadline to allow for project selection by State members of the RESTORE Council. For example, LA’s deadline is 30 September 2014. Check each State’s website for their deadlines.) The projects and programs selected by the Council will be included on a draft Funded Priorities List (FPL) and published for public comment. Approximately $150-180 million from the settlement with Transocean Deepwater Inc. and related entities will be available to fund projects and programs under the Council-Selected Restoration Component. The Council will select and fund projects and programs that restore and protect the natural resources, ecosystems, water quality, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast region. The Council finalized the process for evaluating and selecting restoration projects in July 2014. For more information, see http://www.restorethegulf.gov/release/2014/08/21/gulf-restoration-council-announces-proposal-submission-window-council-members-rel .

TX website: http://restorethetexascoast.org/

LA website: http://coastal.la.gov/oil-spill-content/oil-spill-overview/restore-act/

AL website: http://www.alabamacoastalrestoration.org/

MS website:  http://www.restore.ms

FL website: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/files2/benefit/Project_Submittal_Form.pdf

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Announces RESTORE Project Submission Deadline of 30 September 2014

Louisiana citizens have until 30 September 2014 to submit formal proposals to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) for coastal projects and programs to be considered for funding under a component of the RESTORE Act. Priority will be given to projects and programs included in the 2012 Coastal Master Plan. After the 30 September 2014 deadline, Louisiana officials will have until 17 November 2014 to review proposals and submit a formal list to the Council.  In 2015, after carefully reviewing and weighing all proposals, the Council will release a draft Funded Priorities List of the projects and programs it proposes to fund in this initial phase, and will solicit public review and comment before issuing a finalized list of funding allocations. To submit a proposal, visit http://coastal.la.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/RESTORE-LA-Submission-Form.pdf .