Seagulls on the beach.
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)
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
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
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,
Video 2 - FL GEBF Restoration Strategy – Overview
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
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