UPDATE on RESTORE B1 RFGA - Gulf of Mexico Alliance

RESTORE Council - In October, the Council concluded a public comment period on their Draft Comprehensive Plan Update. Public meeting summaries are now available. Read RESTORE Council Chair USDA Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack's October 20th blog post on a healthy Gulf. Information on this and other Council activity is on their website

In Texas - The Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) for the RESTORE Direct Component (Bucket 1) grant funds are still being reviewed. Check regularly for the anticipated release of selected projects.

Link to Restoration Page

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces Projects

More than $80 Million goes toward a third round of Gulf restoration programs



On Tuesday, November 10th the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the award of more than $80 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF). The funding will go toward 22 projects in the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Texas. This is the third round of grants from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF). Read NFWF's full story.


  • Multifaceted Fisheries and Ecosystem Monitoring in Alabama's Marine $2.1 million
  • Grand Bay Acquisition $1.7 million
  • Mobile Bay Shore Habitat Conservation and Acquisition Initiative - Phase I $300,000
  • Mobile County Conservation Acquisition $4.2 million
  • Alabama Artificial Reef and Habitat Enhancement $12 million

Read Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's full announcement.


  • Enhanced Assessment for Recovery of Gulf of Mexico Fisheries - Phase III $5,814,200
  • Pensacola East Bay Oyster Habitat Restoration- Phase I $1,957,600
  • Increased Capacity for Marine Mammal Response & Analysis $4,400,000
  • Eliminating Light Pollution on Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches - Phase II $2,115,100
  • Water Quality Improvements to Enhance Fisheries Habitat in the Lower Choctawhatchee River Basin - Phase I $931,600
  • Florida Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund Restoration Strategy $4,514,048


  • Oyster Restoration & Management - Phase I $11,780,000
  • Design Challenge Improvement of Water Quality from Beach Outfalls - Phase I $544,600
  • Habitat Restoration: Federal Lands Program - Phase I $9,905,300
  • Habitat Restoration & Conservation in Turkey Creek - Phase I $7,536,400

Read Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant's full announcement


  • Galveston Island State Park Marsh Restoration & Protection - Phase II $3,234,500
  • Galveston Bay Sustainable Oyster Reef Restoration $2,500,000
  • Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area Shoreline Protection Marsh Restoration $245,000
  • Falcon Point Ranch Conservation Easement Acquisition $2,910,900
  • Matagorda Bay Rookery Island, Feasibility Study & Alternatives Analysis $250,000
  • Bahia Grande Coastal Corridor- Boswell-Jenkins Tract Acquisition $400,000
  • Bahia Grande Restoration $400,000
  • Cow Trap Lake Bird Nesting Island Improvements $440,000

The State of Louisiana works with NFWF via the  Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). CPRA is working to address the goals of the Louisiana comprehensive Coastal Master Plan. Read more about how CPRA and NFWF will address these unique coastal restoration needs.

Each Gulf State works with NFWF to solicit and select projects for funding. Go to NFWF's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund webpage and click on the interactive map for how your state implements this funding opportunity. 


Track these and other funded projects with the Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker