Briefings - Coastal Wetlands
Planning, Protection and Restoration Act
Purpose: Section 305 of the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (Title III, P.L. 101-646) authorizes the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to grant funds to coastal states to carry out coastal wetlands conservation projects.
National Coastal Wetlands grants are available for 1) the acquisition of interests in coastal lands or waters, and 2) the restoration, management or enhancement of coastal wetlands ecosystems. Eligible projects must provide for long-term conservation of such lands and waters and the hydrology, water quality, and fish and wildlife dependent thereon.
Eligible Participants: Coastal Wetland grants are available to all states bordering on the Atlantic, Gulf (except Louisiana), and Pacific Coasts, those states bordering the Great Lakes, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands, and American Samoa.
Funding: Funds for Coastal Wetlands grants are made available by allocating 18.5% of the Sport Fish & Boating Safety Trust Fund (est. 2005). More than $15 million is available annually for the Coastal Wetlands projects on a competitive basis.
Matching Requirement: Approved projects can be reimbursed up to a maximum federal share of 50 percent. The grantee must provide at least 50 percent of the project funding from a non-federal source. Up to 75 percent of the costs of such projects may be reimbursed if a coastal state has established a trust fund, from which the principal is not spent, for the purpose of acquiring coastal wetlands, other natural areas or open spaces.
Project Application/Selection Process: Grantees submit project proposals to the Regional Office about June 1 of each year. Proposals are reviewed by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFRP) and projects determined eligible are distributed to Ecological Services (ES) and Pacific Coast Joint Venture (PCJV) staff for review and comment. ES, PCJV, and WSFRP rank projects according to established criteria, and forward rankings and recommendations for funding to the Washington Office -- where regional proposals compete nationally. The Washington Office makes final determinations and states are notified of the Service's decision for funding after October 1. Grant recipients must comply with nearly 30 other federal acts or requirements, such as the Endangered Species Act, NEPA, archeological and historical requirements, etc. Projects are monitored to ensure they are completed as proposed and funds are spent on activities approved in the Grant Agreement.
Nell Fuller (email@example.com) 503-231-6758
Ruth Utzurrum, Pacific Islands Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) 808-792-9571