Coastal Impact Assistance Program

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.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2010: New Program to FWS.

Fiscal Year 2011: (anticipated): Alaska - The State will provide community profile maps for small communities in Southeast Alaska that have not had new maps in more than twenty years.

The following twelve Southeast Alaska communities will be included in this project: Tenakee Springs, Pelican, Gustavus, Port Protection, Whale Pass, Naukati Bay, Hollis, Coffman Cove, Thorne Bay, Hyder, Metlakatla, and Port Alexander.

The Division of Community and Regional Affair s (DCRA) community profile maps are based on rectified digital aerial photography, and display such mapping attributes as topography at two-foot contour intervals, property boundaries, utilities, public and private improvements, easements, and additional land use information.

They are widely used as base maps for GIS applications, and have been used for hazard mitigation planning, community planning, flood mapping, and identification of land uses and environmentally sensitive areas.

In partnership with Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC), DCRA will provide for inter-agency coordination, mapping contractor selection, and oversight of the map development process.

Completed maps will be comprehensive, highly accurate, and available for a wide variety of uses.



California State Conservancy - The agency will eradicate invasive Spartina and hybrids on a total of up to 1,800 acres to prevent 69,402 acres of marsh and mudflats from being invaded and potentially covered by the infestation.

The spread of invasive Spartina is perhaps the most serious danger (besides development) to ever threaten the marsh ecosystem of the San Francisco Estuary.

The spread of hybridized Spartina, which occurs at a greater than exponential rate, threatens to eliminate most, if not all, of the nesting and foraging habitat for migratory birds that utilize the S.F.

Estuary, the most significant U.S.

Pacific Flyway stopover, by replacing the existing habitat with a monoculture of invasive Spartina.

The U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Plan addressing the San Francisco Baylands, ranks eradication of the exotic plant Spartina as a number one recovery action needed to prevent other listed species foreseeable slide towards extinction.

Fiscal Year 2012: (anticipated): Alaska - Mitigation actions for marine mammals, including polar bears, are required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act for nearshore and offshore oil and gas leases.

In the Chukchi Sea, little is known about the movement patterns or ice habitat use of polar bears in oil and gas leasing areas.

Additional data on the status of this population, including vital rates, bear health and condition, and population size, are currently lacking.

Management of this polar bear population is guided by the US-Russia Bilateral Agreement for the Conservation of polar bears, which establishes a joint commission to set harvest levels.

This study will address information needs required to ensure successful mitigation and the development of a sound Environmental Assessment relative to oil and gas activities as well as to inform establishment of appropriate harvest levels at an international level.

Between 2008 and 2010 the U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service has captured, measured, and sampled 137 polar bears in this region.

This funding request would cover costs of a critically needed extension to continue this work and ensure adequate data for assessing polar bear movements and population health in relation to annual variation in available sea ice habitat.

The results of this study will be used to aid in establishing polar bear harvest levels and mitigating potential effects of oil and gas offshore leases.



Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District - The agency will create, restore, or enhance habitats of sufficient size, function, and appropriate structure to: promote restoration of native special-status plants and animals that depend on South San Francisco Bay habitat for all or part of their life cycles; maintain current migratory bird species that utilize existing salt ponds and associated structures such as levees; and support increased abundance and diversity of native species in various South San Francisco Bay aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem components, including plants, invertebrates, fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Achieving this objective requires the restoration of tidal wetlands and the enhancement of former salt ponds to provide improved habitat for migratory birds and waterfowl.

Grants for this Program


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.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2010: New Program to FWS. Fiscal Year 2011: (anticipated): The six States and coastal political subdivisions will fund approximately 77% of the program funding on projects and activities for the conservation, protection, or restoration of coastal areas including wetlands; approximately 7% of the program funding on mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife, or natural resources; approximately 6% of the program funding on planning assistance and the administrative costs of complying with these objectives; approximately 5% of the program funding on implementation of a federally-approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan; and approximately 5% of the program funding on mitigation of the impact of outer Continental Shelf activities through funding of onshore infrastructure projects and public service needs. Fiscal Year 2012: (anticipated): The six States and coastal political subdivisions will fund approximately 80% of the program funding on projects and activities for the conservation, protection, or restoration of coastal areas including wetlands; approximately 5% of the program funding on mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife, or natural resources; approximately 5% of the program funding on planning assistance and the administrative costs of complying with these objectives; approximately 5% of the program funding on implementation of a federally-approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan; and approximately 5% of the program funding on mitigation of the impact of outer Continental Shelf activities through funding of onshore infrastructure projects and public service needs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.



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 public will ultimately benefit from the program.

Credentials/Documentation

Yes. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Prior to submitting any grant applications, an eligible State must submit 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.

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on this process when applying for assistance and on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Specific projects submitted 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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) provides a notice of award to the recipient.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

FWS will have 30-60 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). FWS will have 30-60 days to review projects submitted by the State or the coastal political divisions and notify applicant of approval/disapproval.

Appeals

Applicants can appeal the disapproval of their plan or project application no later than 90 days after the notice of decision. Applicants must contact FWS headquarters office in writing if they are appealing a decision.

Renewals

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

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
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. The CIAP Program does not require recipients to cost share or match CIAP funds. Of the percentage received by a State, 65 percent remains with the State, and 35 percent is awarded to the coastal political subdivisions. Maintenance of effort requirements is not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants will normally be awarded for 12-month periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 43 CFR Part 12, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

A performance report is required for each grant award annually within 90 days after the anniversary date or within 90 days of the end of the grant.

A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required for each grant award annually within 90 days after the anniversary date or within 90 days of the end of the grant.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance of each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12 and 2 CFR Part 170.

Audits

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 expend 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 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Cost records must be maintained separately for each grant. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for three years after submission of the final Financial Status Report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-5572-0-2-306.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 10 $0; FY 11 $300,000,000; FY 12 $250,000,000 -

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$20,000 - $20,000,000; average $1,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, WSFR-4020 , Arlington, Virginia 22203 Phone: (703) 358-2156

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for approving proposals are identified in the Coastal Impact Assistance Program Guidelines authorizing legislation and the annual program announcement found on Grants.gov.



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