Pre-proposal Application Cycle for Bay County Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund (RESTORE) Direct Component Funds
Pre-proposal applications will be accepted until 4 pm Central Time, November 3, 2014.
Bay County is opening an application cycle for projects proposed to be funded through a trust fund established by the RESTORE Act. The Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund is funded by Clean Water Act fines related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Bay County will receive $6.3 million in Direct Component (Pot 1) money through this trust fund as a result of the Transocean settlement.
A maximum of $6.3 million will be available for this application cycle. The list of ranked projects resulting from this cycle will only be used for this cycle. A new cycle will be opened and a new list compiled when additional funds are available. Proposals not funded in this cycle may re-apply in future application cycles.
Before you start the proposal process, please take a few minutes to review information from Bay County's Multi-Year Implementation Plan for RESTORE Direct Component (Pot 1) funds. Reviewing this information will give you an idea of whether your project is eligible for funds, and how competitive it might be. Applicants who want to manage a funded project must be capable of managing the federal grant process and all of its requirements.
The pre-proposal form can be downloaded here.
Please complete the form, save it, and email it to: RESTOREproposals@baycountyfl.gov.
Do not send any materials other than the form. Adobe Reader XI or newer is needed to complete the form. If you do not have the reader, you can download it for free from the Adobe website. For ADA compliance for the visually impaired, we recommend online conversion tools for Adobe PDF documents.
The Bay County Board of County Commissioners approved a partial Multi-Year Implementation Plan for RESTORE Direct Component funds. The partial plan includes
- guiding principles for using the Direct Component funds
- minimum criteria
- goals and objectives
- project selection and ranking considerations
- a description of the selection and ranking process
The complete plan will include projects approved by the Board of County Commissioners. After the plan is accepted by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, grant applications can be prepared for each project. Projects will be funded through a federal grant process. The plan will be revised and more projects selected when additional Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Funds become available. Additional information on the grant process is available on the Treasury page.
A proposed project must meet all the following criteria in order to be eligible for Bay County's Direct Component funds:
- Within Bay County or adjacent surface and Gulf waters, or with an identified and strong benefit to the County
- Addresses one or more RESTORE Act eligible activities
- Addresses one or more Bay County Multi-Year Implementation Plan objectives
- Is not fully funded by another source of money
- Has a recognizable public benefit
Selection and ranking process
The Bay County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee will consider all eligible pre-proposals and vote to select those projects to evaluate in more detail. Sponsors of those projects will be invited to complete and submit a full proposal.
The full proposals will be evaluated, and the Committee will vote to select which projects to advance to the ranking phase. The selected projects will be ranked by the Committee, and the Committee will submit these recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. After at least a 45 day public review period, the Commissioners will select projects for funding, up to a maximum total of $6.3 million.
These projects, together with the partial draft plan approved earlier by the Board, will be submitted to the U.S. Treasury as the initial Bay County Multi-Year Implementation Plan for Direct Component funds from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund. Public input will be an integral part of the process. Public comment is encouraged at all Committee meetings. A full description of the selection and ranking process can be downloaded here.