August 2014

Federal Council Releases Proposal Submission Guidelines for Council Members


The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) announced today the release of project submission guidelines and a new rule to support planning efforts, marking a significant milestone in the Council’s efforts to restore the ecosystem and economy of the Gulf coast region. With the release of these guidelines, Council members may begin submitting project and program proposals to the Council for potential funding under the RESTORE Act’s Comprehensive Plan Component.


The project submission window for Council members opened today and will close no earlier than November 17, 2014. 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 to restore and protect the natural resources, ecosystems, water quality, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast region.


Read the full announcement by the Council at


Proposal Submission and Evaluation Process

Process Fact Sheet 

Process Detailed Description 

Proposal Submission Guidelines 

Public Input and Council Component Fact Sheet 

Summary of Public Input