What Types of Projects Qualify?

Projects must meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding, per RESTORE Act legislation:

  • Restoration and protection of natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast region.
  • Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife, and natural resources
  • Implementation of a federally approved marine, coastal or comprehensive conservation management plan, including fisheries monitoring
  • Workforce development and job creation
  • Improvements to state parks in coastal areas affected by Deepwater Horizon spill
  • Infrastructure projects benefitting economy or ecological resources, including ports
  • Coastal flood protection and related infrastructure
  • Planning assistance
  • Promotion of tourism, including recreational fishing
  • Promotion of consumption of seafood harvested from the Gulf Coast region

(Note: US Treasury rules, when they are promulgated, may impose additional criteria, details, and clarifications.)