Seagulls on the beach.
In early 2013, a U.S. District Court approved two plea agreements resolving certain
criminal charges against BP and Transocean related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The agreements direct a total of $2.544 billion to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to fund projects benefitting the natural resources of the Gulf Coast that were impacted by the spill. The funds are to be used to support projects that remedy harm or reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
NFWF will carry out the plea agreements through its newly established Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF). Over the next five years,
GEBF will receive a total of $356 million for natural resource projects in Florida (note: allocation of funds is not limited to five years). The purpose of the
GEBF as set forth in the plea agreement is to remedy harm and eliminate or reduce the risk of future harm to Gulf Coast natural resources. Funds may only be used to support projects that remedy harm to natural resources (habitats, species) where there has been injury to, or destruction of, loss of, or loss of use of those resources resulting from the oil spill. The plea agreements require NFWF to consult with state and federal resource agencies in identifying projects.
DEP and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will work directly with NFWF to identify projects for the state of Florida in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The GEBF Restoration Strategy
The Restoration Strategy is a NFWF-funded science-based restoration planning effort coordinated by FWC, DEP, with technical assistance from the Northwest Florida Water Management District, the Suwannee River Water Management District, and FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. It will serve as a framework for the development and implementation of programs and projects under the GEBF to restore and conserve Florida’s Gulf Coast natural resources.
Read more here. The Draft Restoration Strategy is scheduled for completion in 2017 followed by the Final Restoration Strategy in 2018. The first task in creating the Draft Restoration Strategy was to review existing management and conservation plans to identify needs and potential actions.
View the list of plans used in the Draft Restoration Strategy
2016 GEBF Cycle (in progress)
2015 GEBF Cycle
2014 GEBF Cycle
2013 GEBF Cycle
You can submit a project idea or proposal using DEP’s
online project submittal form. Please note if you have submitted a project for consideration under NRDA or RESTORE Act funding, it will be considered for NFWF funding.