U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program

Coastal Impact Assistance Program - Overview


The Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) provides federal grant funds derived from federal offshore lease revenues to oil producing states for 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.

Statewide CIAP plans that include proposed projects have been prepared by the affected states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.  The federally approved CIAP plans have also been coordinated through a public review process.

Federal grant funds must be used to directly benefit an authorized use to conserve, restore, enhance, and protect renewable natural resources.  Non-federal matching funds are not required for approved grant projects associated with this federal grant program. 

Source of Funds

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

Eligible Grantees
States eligible for CIAP funding are: Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.  Also eligible to apply for and receive CIAP funds are 67 coastal political subdivisions in the six states.