The U.S. Department of Justice entered into criminal plea bargain agreements with two of the responsible parties, BP and Transocean for the oil spill caused by the explosion of the Macondo exploratory well off the coast of Louisiana on April 20, 2010. As part of these agreements, BP agreed to pay $2.394 billion and Transocean agreed to pay $150 million in criminal penalties to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). In these plea agreements, the court charged NFWF with the proper distribution and spending of the criminal fines. To that end, NFWF has established the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) to provide restoration funding for the five Gulf States.
The criminal penalties are allocated among the five states as follows: 50% to Louisiana; 14% each to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida; and 8% to Texas.
Over five years, the Fund will receive a total of $1.272 billion for barrier island and river diversion projects in Louisiana; $356 million each for natural resource projects in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi; and $203 million for similar projects in Texas.
Each plea agreement requires NFWF to consult with appropriate state and federal resource managers to identify projects and maximize environmental benefits. In Texas, NFWF is consulting with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas General Land Office (GLO), as well as with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. See previously funded NFWF GEBF projects for Texas, including the 2014 projects announced on November 17, 2014.
NFWF 2015: Submission Deadlines and Award of Funds
During the next funding cycle (2015) there is approximately $14.1 million available for new projects in Texas. The process to receive funding in 2015 is described below.
- January 2, 2015: Deadline to submit projects for Texas Trustee review. Projects submitted via the online form or the NOAA website by the deadline will be considered. Projects previously submitted on these websites will continue to be considered and do not need to be resubmitted unless there have been material changes to the project scope.
- Mid-April 2015: Deadline for Texas to submit pre-proposals to NFWF
- June 2015: Texas anticipates inviting Partners with successful pre-proposals to submit full proposals.
How Does the Selection Process Work?
- Submit project idea using the online form or NOAA website.
- Texas reviews the projects and selects projects for further consideration
- NFWF reviews the projects selected by Texas and chooses projects for implementation
Where Can I Submit a Project Proposal? Submit project proposals using the online form.
Information on review periods and timeframes associated with funding are posted on this website as it becomes available. Please check back periodically for postings.
NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund – 2014 Projects
On November 17, 2014, NFWF announced a list of projects in Texas that will be funded in 2014. See the list of 2014 Texas projects.