January 24, 2018: Federal Council votes to approve Final 2017 Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Plan Commitment and Planning Support.
On January 24, 2018, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) voted to approve the Final 2017 Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Plan Commitment and Planning Support (2017 CPS FPL) in accordance with the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). In approving the 2017 CPS FPL, the Council provides funding to its members to enhance collaboration, coordination, public engagement and use of best available science needed to make efficient use of Gulf restoration funds resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These funding awards will support the Council’s commitment to a coordinated approach to ecosystem restoration, as called for in the Comprehensive Plan Update 2016: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy.
Per the RESTORE Act, only RESTORE Council members may apply for Council-Selected Restoration Component funds. The Council members include the governors of the five Gulf states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas), and the heads of six federal departments (the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Army, Commerce, Homeland Security and the Interior, and the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). As indicated in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), applications for CPS funding will be accepted from members through April 30, 2018.
As part of finalizing the 2017 CPS FPL, the Council considered all public comments and developed the Draft 2017 Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Plan Commitment and Planning Support Response to Public Comments.