Partnership Update

July 19, 2012

Partnership Annual Meeting to Feature Experts on Oil Spill Restoration Funding

Join us and learn how your organization can influence how millions of dollars will be spent in your region for environmental restoration.  The meeting will be held in Bay St. Louis, MS on Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Representatives from federal and state agencies will provide the latest news regarding policies and funding. View registration and accommodations information.

Conservation Groups Release Recommendations for Early Restoration Funding

A coalition of national environmental groups including Audubon and the Nature Conservancy are recommending a portfolio of projects and approaches to meet the environmental objectives of the NRDA process.  View the full report. Also see the Associated Press report on the recommendations and the local response.

Primer on RESTORE Act

Money for the RESTORE Act will come from Clean Water Act fines assessed on those responsible for the oil spill. Eighty percent of the fines will go to the Gulf region. Of all of the funds that will be spent in the Gulf region, 35% will be split evenly among the states. Thirty percent will go to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.  An additional 30% of the money will be allocated to states based on the amount of damage suffered from the oil spill. States can spend their portion of the funds on environmental projects, job creation and training, flood protection, tourism promotion and infrastructure such as ports. Five percent of the funds will be allocated for research. Learn more.

Tidal Hydrology Project Application Deadline is August 17, 2012

The Gulf of Mexico Sea Grants have an RFP for tidal hydrology projects. To be considered for funding, projects must remove or modify human-built barriers (such as culverts, dikes, and dams) to restore historic tidal estuarine and freshwater exchange to benefit coastal and marine fisheries habitat. Projects also must be located from Key West, Fla., to Brownsville, Texas. The grant size is up to $100,000 and a 1:1 nonfederal match is required. View submission details.

Community-based Restoration Partnership Proposals Due August 30, 2012

Funding for the 2012 cycle of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation’s Community-based Restoration Partnership (CRP) is now available. This funding round is taking proposals to fund on-the-ground projects to restore marine, estuarine, and riparian habitats to benefit living marine resources and to provide educational and social benefits by significantly involving the community. Projects will be funded between $50,000 and $100,000 with 1:1 match. Learn more.


Julia Weaver
Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation
Ocean Springs, MS


The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation is organized under the auspices of the Land Trust Alliance which provides administrative and fiscal support.

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