Estuary Habitat Restoration Program

The objectives of the ERA program are to provide Federal assistance for estuary habitat restoration projects while encouraging partnerships among public agencies and non-governmental organizations, supporting innovation, and monitoring the success of funded projects.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance may be provided only for projects that meet the requirement in the Estuary Restoratoin Act of 2000 as amended.

Additionally the Non-Federal interest must enter into a written agreement to furnish its required share of the costs of the project and provide long term opportaion, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, and replacement of the restoration.

Assistance may be provided only for projects that meet the requirement in the Estuary Restoratoin Act of 2000 as amended.

Additionally the Non-Federal interest must enter into a written agreement to furnish its required share of the costs of the project and provide long term opportaion, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, and replacement of the restoration.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility



Grant awardees must prepare, retain, and upon request provide documentation of their expenditure of funds on reasonable, allocable, and allowable expenses for ERA projects. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Proposals will be reviewed by a five agency team which will provide recommendations to the Estuary Habitat Restoration Council. The Council will review the team"s recommendations and provide a prioritized list of proposals recommended for funding consideration to the Assistant Secreatary of the Army for Civil Works. The Assistant Secretary will then approve funding of selected proposals. A Cooperative Agreement or cost-sharing agreement will be negotiated and executed prior to distribution of funds.


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


Estuary Restoration Act of 2000, as amended,
, Public Law 106-106-457, 114 Stat. 1957, 33 U.S.C 2901-2908.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Estuary Restroration Act of 2000 as amended, section 104(d).
Matching Requirements: Percent: 35.%. Non-Federal grant applicants must fund at least 35% of the total cost of an approved ERA program project.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Seven years after execution of the agreement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is incrementally released based on periodically submitted cost documentation.

Post Assistance Requirements


Biennial reports to Congress are required.

These document the number of acres restored and provide other information about completed projects, including th eresults of monitoring, estimates of long term succes of various techniques, and explanation of how information obtained regarding previously funded projects about is used in the selection and implementation of future projects.

No cash reports are required.

Periodic reports are required to document work accomplished and results of monitoring.

Grant recipients are required to provide reports of their expenditures on projects in order to receive further increments of awared grant funding.

Periodic inspections by agency staff are conducted throughout the award period and subsequent to project construction.


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.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 11 $2,816,000; FY 12 est $1,810,000; and FY 13 est $2,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Ellen Cumings 441 G Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20314 Email: Phone: 202-761-4750

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Solicitations issued to invite proposals contain detailed criteria which may vary year to year. In order to be considered projects must address restoration needs indentified in an estuary habitat restoration plan as defined in the Estuary Restoration Act or 2000 as amended., be consistent with the esturay habitat restoration strategy, include a monitoring plan that meets the monitoring standards and include satisfactory assurances from the non-Federal interests that they will have adequate personnel, funding and authority to carry out items of local cooperation and properly maintain the project for the long term. The qualifications of the prinicipal parties are considered along wiht the scope of the projects and geographic location. A complete list is contained in the solicitations.

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