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About NFWF

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) was established in early 2013 as a result of the plea agreements resolving the criminal charges against BP and Transocean after the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. The agreements directed a total of $2.544 billion to GEBF over a five-year period. Under the plea agreements, $356 million was allocated for projects within the State of Florida. Consistent with the terms of the plea agreements, GEBF supports projects that “remedy harm to natural resources where there has been injury to, or destruction of, loss of, or loss of use of those resources” resulting from the DWH oil spill. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and DEP work directly with NFWF to identify GEBF projects for the state of Florida in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information please view Video 1 – NFWF and GEBF Background.

The Florida GEBF Restoration Strategy

Since 2015, FWC and DEP have received funds from NFWF to develop the Florida GEBF Restoration Strategy. The primary objective of the Restoration Strategy is to provide a cohesive vision for planning the remaining GEBF investments in Florida to best address restoration needs for resources affected by the DWH oil spill. The Restoration Strategy will identify watershed-specific, top restoration needs based on a comprehensive review of existing conservation and management plans based on the three GEBF funding priorities. The Restoration Strategy will also include watershed-specific potential action lists mined from project proposals in the State of Florida’s online project portal. In addition, this effort funds activities that will significantly inform the Restoration Strategy including updates to the Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) plans in the Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) and the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) as well as a submerged aquatic vegetation assessment by FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI).  

On September 14, 2016 FWC and DEP conducted a public webinar to present the Draft Restoration Strategy and provide an opportunity for feedback. View a PDF of the slides or watch a recording of the webinar at https://youtu.be/ggEcWpHT4gk. You can also view the summary of feedback on the Draft Restoration Strategy received from September 12 to the end of the comment period on October 5. These comments and recommendations will be evaluated and considered during the development of the Final Restoration Strategy in 2017.

On February 28, 2017, FWC and DEP conducted a public webinar to provide an update on the Restoration Strategy. View a PDF of the slides

In early May 2017, FWC distributed a notification regarding the July 14, 2017 deadline for submitting new and/or updating existing projects to the Portal. Projects that are received prior to this date will be reviewed for inclusion in the Final Restoration Strategy (see Section 2.3 and Appendix C of the Draft Restoration Strategy for more information on how projects are integrated into the Strategy). Please note:

  • The Portal will remain open after the July 14, 2017 deadline. Any new or updated projects submitted after this deadline will continue to be reviewed for NRDA, RESTORE, and GEBF, as appropriate. However, these projects will not be reflected in the Final Restoration Strategy.
  • All projects that are submitted to the NWFWMD and SRWMD as part of the SWIM plan updates should also be submitted to the Portal by the project proponent to be considered for Deepwater Horizon funding.
  • Please do not submit a restoration plan for consideration as a project. These will not be reviewed. Please enter each project idea separately.

For more information on the Restoration Strategy, please view Video 2 - FL GEBF Restoration Strategy – Overview and Video 3a - FL GEBF Restoration Strategy – Analysis. Note: Video 3b, referred to in the other videos, has been removed now that the results are presented in more detail in the Draft Restoration Strategy. You can also view an updated 2017 timeline for the Restoration Strategy.

To receive updates and notifications on public engagement opportunities, please join our GEBF stakeholder email list by emailing Amy Raker at Amy.Raker@MyFWC.com


2017 GEBF Cycle (in progress)

2016 GEBF Cycle

2015 GEBF Cycle

2014 GEBF Cycle

2013 GEBF Cycle

To submit a new project idea for consideration for NRDA, NFWF-GEBF, and/or RESTORE Bucket 2 funding, use the Online Project Form. Specific parameters will be applied for each funding stream to determine eligibility of projects. A complete list and map of submitted projects are also available at the top right hand corner of this webpage. If you would like to update a previously submitted project, use the “Online Project Form” making sure to checkmark “Update to Previous Submittal” and including the “Project #”. For questions, please email Restoration.Projects@dep.state.fl.us.


Important Phone Numbers

  • Claims
    (800) 916-4893
  • Report Oil
    (800) 320-0519
  • Environment/Community Hotline
    (866) 448-5816

  • Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center
    (713) 323-1670
  • DEP Press Office
    (850) 245-2112
  • News Archive

Last updated: May 22, 2017

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