Program Description

To evaluate OCS sand deposits for coastal restoration and beach nourishment needs, and to foster good working relationships regarding OCS mineral issues with coastal States due to effects from hurricanes and coastal erosion. This can be accomplished through a variety of activities such as conducting state needs assessments, geophysical and geological surveys of specific areas on the OCS, analysis of existing or new geophysical and geological data to delineate new borrow areas, offshore bathymetry research, seismic data analysis and interpretation, application of marine resistivity or other geophysical techniques for sand resource identification, and cultural resources identification.

The funds must be spent for OCS-related sand activities. These cooperative agreements are awarded to assist States in order to identify needs and sand supplies for beach nourishment projects.

General Program Requirements

Applicant Eligibility:
Proposals are received from coastal States in need of coastal restoration.

Beneficiary Eligibility:
State agencies and organizations participating in the project, as well as the general public.

States submit proposals to BOEM, which furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed research. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Preapplication Coordination:
A Notice of Funding Availability will be posted on notifying applicants that BOEM is accepting proposals. Qualified applicants will have an opportunity to define their requirements and needs through the submittal of a proposal. After review, BOEM, and potentially other Federal agencies, will review the applications and chose award recipients. Applicants should consult the office of official designated as the single point of contact in their State to find out if the State has selected this program for review and for information on the process the State requires when applying for Federal assistance. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures:
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR Part 12, or any subsequent revisions. The standard SF-424 application forms must be used for this program. Applicants will be asked to submit their proposals electronically through

Award Procedure :
BOEM and potentially representatives from other Federal agencies will review and discuss the States' proposals and make the final decision on the funding for a project. A notification of a cooperative agreement award is issued so the project can begin.

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
90 days.

Not Applicable.

Projects that were approved and funded during the previous fiscal year may be submitted as renewals for subsequent years unless otherwise stated in the Notice of Funding Availability.

Program Contact Information

Keely Hite
Environmental Protection Specialist

Additional Information

Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Length of ProgramCooperative agreements will normally be awarded in 12-month budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo

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