Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP)

The intent of the program is to disburse funding to eligible producing states and coastal political subdivisions for the purpose of conservation, protection, or restoration of coastal areas including wetlands; mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife, or natural resources; planning assistance and the administrative
costs of complying with these objectives; implementation of a federally-approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan; and mitigation of the impact of outer Continental Shelf activities through funding of onshore infrastructure projects and public service needs.
Examples of Funded Projects

A Coastal Impact Assistance Program is managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

It was a one-year (2001) disbursement of $150 million to 7 states and 147 coastal political subdivisions.

It was enacted with language similar to that guiding the CIAP presently under MMS direction.

"Bayou Lamoque Floodgate Removal," Remove existing floodgates from a freshwater introduction structure to allow for the unimpeded flow of water from the Mississippi River into Bayou Lamoque and the surrounding marshes.

This will create approximately 620 acres of new march over 20 years providing the coastline needed buffering and reduction in coastline erosion.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - Alaska: MMS Regional CIAP Representative, Minerals Management Service, OCS Region, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503; Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas: MMS Regional CIAP Representative, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, MS 5400, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123; California: MMS Regional CIAP Representative, Minerals Management Service, Pacific OCS Region, 770 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, California 93010 .


Program Accomplishments

This program begins in Fiscal Year 2007. There are no program accomplishments.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Can only be used to directly benefit an authorized use to conserve, restore, enhance, and protect renewable natural resources.

Funding cannot be used for projects that would not provide a direct benefit, including but not limited to, supporting litigation or to fund publicity or lobbying efforts for purposes of influencing or attempting to influence a member of the U. S. Congress or an agency of the Federal government.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States eligible to receive funding are: Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and 67 coastal political subdivisions among the six states.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The producing coastal states, their eligible coastal political subdivisions, and the general public will ultimately benefit from the program.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must provide documentation that they have met state and local permitting requirements.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Prior to submitting any grant applications an eligible state must submit to MMS, for approval, a State Plan that provides detail on how a State and its Coastal Political Subdivisions (CPS) will use the CIAP funds and implement the state plan.

To assist the States in developing a plan the MMS issued final Coastal Impact Assistance Program Guidelines, and published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, September 29, 2006.

Coastal Political Subdivisions and State are required by the Act to work together to develop their Plan.

The plan should contain prescribed components from Section 384 of the amended OCS Lands Act, which includes an implementation program representing both parties' interests.

The State point of contact submits the Plan to the MMS for approval.

The MMS will determine within 20 calendar days after receipt of a Plan or Plan amendment whether additional information is needed.

If no deficiencies are identified and the required number of copies has been received, the Plan or amendment will be deemed complete.

Once a Plan or amendment is determined complete, MMS will have 90 calendar days to notify the State in writing that the Plan or amendment is approved, disapproved, or remains under review (in which case the Plan or amendment is neither approved nor disapproved).

If MMS fails to provide such written notice to the State, the Plan or amendment is deemed to be disapproved.

If MMS notifies the State that the Plan or amendment remains under review, MMS will also provide the State with an estimate of the amount of additional time necessary to complete its review.

If a Plan or amendment is disapproved, the State may revise and resubmit it.

The MMS will then have 20 calendar days to determine completeness; once MMS determines that the revised Plan or amendment is complete, MMS will then have 90 calendar days to approve or disapprove the revised Plan or amendment.

On April 16, 2007 MMS released the recipient allotment amounts that will be eligible to spend in 2007 and 2008.

The States and CPSs will use this information to develop grant project applications with detailed descriptions of their individual projects, including detailed breakdowns of costs.

The recipients will provide in each application the current status of Federal, State and local permits required for the project.

A completed grant project application is to be submitted electronically through Grants.gov.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Specific projects submitted to the MMS for funding are subject to the Department of the Interior Regulations at 43 CFR Part 12, Subparts C and E, or any subsequent revisions. The OMB SF-424 application forms must be used for this program. Applications are submitted electronically through Grants.gov.

Award Procedures

The MMS provides a notice of award to the recipient.

Deadlines

A Plan or acknowledgement of good intent to provide a Plan must be submitted no later than July 1, 2009.

Authorization

Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended; 31 U.S.C. 6301-6305.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

MMS will have 90 days or as time is needed to approve or disapprove State Plans. No time limit is established for review of projects.

Appeals

Applicants can appeal disapproval of Plans or project applications no later than December 2010.

Renewals

Proposals are submitted for a project period. Projects that were approved and funded during the previous project period may be submitted as renewals for subsequent project periods.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

In accordance with the language of the Act no State will receive less than 1 percent of the $250 million to be disbursed per year. Of the percentage received by a State, 65 percent remains with the State, and 35 percent is awarded to the coastal political subdivisions (CPS).

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants will normally be awarded in 12-month budget periods.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual and final technical and financial reports (using the SF-269) are required.

Audits

Applicants agree to give the sponsoring agency, the Comptroller General or other authorized audit agency access to and the right to examine records related to the award. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations", nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-5572-0-2-306.

Obigations

FY 07 $250,000,000; FY 08 $250,000,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

www.mms.gov/offshore/CIAP/PDFs/CIAPFinalGuidelines100206.pdf.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Alaska: MMS Regional CIAP Representative, Minerals Management Service, OCS Region, 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500, Anchorage, Alaska 99503; Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas: MMS Regional CIAP Representative, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, MS 5400, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123; California: MMS Regional CIAP Representative, Minerals Management Service, Pacific OCS Region, 770 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, California 93010 .

Headquarters Office

National CIAP Coordinator, 381 Elden Street, MS 4040, Herndon, Virginia 20170.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for approving proposals are identified in the Coastal Impact Assistance Program Guidelines located at: http://www.mms.gov/offshore/CIAP/PDFs/CIAPFinalGuidelines100206.pdf and the program announcement found on Grants.gov.



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