On Thursday November 14, 2013 the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the first set of grants awarded from their Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (Gulf Fund) for projects in each of the five Gulf States impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. NFWF is awarding six projects in Florida totaling $15.7 million to address high priority conservation needs. The projects, are designed to remedy harm or reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This award represents the initial obligation of funds from the first disbursements received by the Gulf Fund.
NFWF requested timely proposals for this first set of projects for efficient implementation through the Gulf Fund. The projects awarded were selected from those submitted through the DEP portal and also met the terms of the plea agreement, had well-defined and measurable objectives and outcomes, and met one or more of the state’s five criteria.
- Management & Restoration of Escribano Point Coastal Habitat – Phase I ($1,731,035 )
- City of Pensacola, Government Street Regional Stormwater Pond at Corrine Jones Park ($2,106,500 )
- Apalachicola Bay Oyster Restoration ($4,189,409 )
- Enhanced Assessment for Recovery of Gulf of Mexico Fisheries – Phase
I ($3,000,000 )
- Comprehensive Panhandle Coastal Bird Conservation ($3,205,242 )
- Sea Turtle Panhandle Lighting Retrofit Project ($1,499,335 )