Direct Component

The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act) established a new Trust Fund in the Treasury of the United States, known as the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund. Eighty percent of the civil penalties paid after July 6, 2012, under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be deposited into the Trust Fund and invested.

The Department of the Treasury-administered Direct Component makes 35 percent of the civil penalties deposited into the Trust Fund available to four Gulf Coast state​s, 23 Florida counties, and 20 Louisiana parishes. The Direct Component is governed by the RESTORE Act final rule at 31 C.F.R. Part 34, effective on February 12, 2016 after publication on December 14, 2015. Further, grant recipients under the RESTORE Act must comply with the guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget entitled, "Part 200 – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards" at 79 FR 75880 (December 19, 2014.)

Eligible Activities under the Direct Component

As provided in the RESTORE Act and final rule, activities, programs, and projects that are eligible for grants awarded under the Direct Component (eligible activities) include:

  • Restoration and protection of the 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 or on state parks located in coastal areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill;
  • Infrastructure projects benefitting the economy or ecological resources, including port infrastructure;
  • Coastal flood protection and related infrastructure;
  • Planning assistance;
  • Promotion of tourism in the Gulf Coast Region, including promotion of recreational fishing;
  • Promotion of the consumption of seafood harvested from the Gulf Coast Region; and
  • Administrative costs.

Eligible Applicants under the Direct Component

The RESTORE Act specifies who may apply to receive funds under the Direct Component, administered by Treasury. Treasury's regulations list the Direct Component eligible states, counties, and parishes who may apply:

  • In Alabama, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council or such administrative agent as it may designate;
  • In Florida, the Florida counties of Bay, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Monroe, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, Taylor, Wakulla, and Walton;
  • In Louisiana, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board of Louisiana through the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana;
  • In Louisiana, the Louisiana parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Vermilion;
  • In Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; and
  • In Texas, the Office of the Governor or an appointee of the Office of the Governor.

Multiyear Implementation Plan under the Direct Component

The RESTORE Act and the Treasury final rule direct the state, county, and parish applicants to prepare multiyear implementation plans that prioritize eligible activities for Direct Component funds and to obtain broad-based participation from individuals, businesses, Indian tribes, and non-profit organizations as part of preparing their multiyear plans. The state, county, or parish applicants may periodically update their plans by following the same steps, including obtaining public input, prior to submitting their revised plans to Treasury. A private individual may choose to seek consideration of its proposal by contacting the state, county, or parish applicant, based on the proposed project's geographic location. The Direct Component FAQs provide details about this process.

Gulf Coast Region Definition under the RESTORE Act

Under the RESTORE Act, Gulf Coast region means:

  • In the Gulf Coast States, the coastal zones defined under section 304 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 that border the Gulf of Mexico;
  • Land within the coastal zones described in paragraph (1) of this definition that is held in trust by, or the use of which is by law subject solely to the discretion of, the Federal Government or officers or agents of the Federal Government;
  • Any adjacent land, water, and watersheds, that are within 25 miles of the coastal zone described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this definition; and
  • All Federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Treasury rule explains further that Direct Component activities are carried out in the Gulf Coast Region when, in the reasonable judgment of the eligible entity applying to Treasury for a grant, each severable part of the activity is primarily designed to restore or protect that geographic area. The state, county, or parish must demonstrate that the activity will be carried out in the Gulf Coast Region when they apply for a grant.

Best Available Science under the RESTORE Act

Under the RESTORE Act, activities designed to protect or restore natural resources must be based on best available science. Best available science means science that maximizes the quality, objectivity, and integrity of information, including statistical information; uses peer-reviewed and publicly available data; and clearly documents and communicates risks and uncertainties in the scientific basis for such projects.

A state, county, or parish applicant must look at the nature of the activity, rather than the title of the eligible activity, when deciding whether this requirement applies. They must explain in their application how the activity is based on the "best available science" and cite peer-reviewed, objective, methodologically sound literature sources that support the conclusion that the proposed scope of work is an effective way to achieve the stated objectives that are set out in the RESTORE Act.

Direct Component Awards



Eligible Entity Project Title​ / Description ​Date of Award ​Award Amount
Alabama Innovating St. Louis Street: Mobile's Technology Corridor 2/25/2020 $6,029,234.00
Alabama Bayou La Batre Water Distribution System Upgrades Phase I 2/25/2020 $565,426.00
​Alabama AL State Port Authority Automotive Logistics Construction 2/27/2019 $28,827,833.00
Alabama Mount Vernon Water Treatment Plant Upgrades 12/17/2019 $218,072.00
​Alabama ​Aloe Bay Harbour Town ​08/29/2019 $1,544,312.00​​
​Alabama ​Gulf Coast Center for Ecotourism and Sustainability ​4/26/2019 ​$1,052,520.00
​Alabama ​Mobile County Blueway Trail Development ​4/30/2019 ​$819,583.00
​Alabama ​Northwest Satsuma Water and Sewer Project Phase 1 ​9/30/2019 $236,185.00​
​Alabama ​Planning Assistance to Develop a Multiyear Implementation Plan 2/7/2018 ​$174,159.00​
​Alabama ​Redevelop Bayou La Batre City Docks Phase 1 ​10/31/2019 $691,014.00​​
​Alabama ​Working Waterfront & Greenspace Restoration Project ​4/26/2019 $600,314.00​
​Bay County AMIkids Dock​ ​12/18/2017 $279,697.48
​Bay County ​Carl Gray Park Boat Ramp ​3/29/2018 $556,955.50​
​Bay County ​Porter Park Improvements ​09/20/2018 ​$501,480.00
​Bay County ​Restoring Bay County's Recreational Fishing Industry through Artificial Reef Construction and Monitoring ​10/30/2018 ​$441,976.00​
​Bay County ​​Stormwater Plan​ ​12/14/2017 $362,997.00​​
​Charlotte County ​Fisheries Monitoring - Coral Creek ​6/13/2018 $185,322.00​
​Charlotte County ​Restoring Bay Scallops in Charlotte Harbor ​11/23/2016 $113,424.32​
​Charlotte County ​Restoring Impaired Waters of Charlotte Harbor 0​9/26/2016 $117,466.35​
​Collier County ​Comprehensive Watershed Improvement Plan ​01/29/2018 ​$1,​532,077.76​
​Escambia County ​Planning Assistance for Development of the 2018-2022 MYIP Amendments ​01/26/2018 $445,453.80​
​Escambia County ​Planning Assistance for South Dogtrack Drainage Project ​04/25/2018 ​$240,000.00
​Escambia County ​Planning Assistance for the Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar Revitalization Plan​ 2/26/2018 ​$1,308,000.00​
​Escambia County ​Planning Assistance for the Development of the Eleven Mile Creek Basin Stormwater Ponds ​2/27/2018 $268,800.00​​
​Escambia County ​​Planning Assistance for the Development of the Universal Public Access Plan ​02/26/2018 $360,000.00​
​Escambia County ​Planning Assistance for the Hollice T. Williams Stormwater Park ​3/29/2018 $1,597,320.00​
​Franklin County ​Planning Assistance to Develop a Multiyear Implementation Plan ​07/14/2016 $453,555.46
Gulf County Gulf County Public Safety Center 3/28/2019 $1,210,000.00
Gulf County ​St. Joseph Peninsula Beach Restoration ​11/14/2018 ​$2,800,000.00
​Hernando County ​Bayou Drive Repair and Restoration ​08/16/2017 $457,500.00
​Lafourche Parish ​Planning Assistance for the Barataria Marsh Creation and Ridge Restoration Project ​03/01/2017 $434,760.00
​Lafourche Parish ​Planning Assistance for the Grand Bayou Freshwater Reintroduction Restoration Project ​03/01/2017 $79,870.00
Levy County ​Cedar Key Aquarium ​1/23/2019 $300,000.00​​
Levy County ​Clam Trail ​03/18/2020 $53,500.00
Levy County Outdoor Electronic Kiosk 03/22/2019 $34,175.00
Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority ​Engineering and design of the Calcasieu River Salinity Control construction project  ​07/14/2016 ​$25,602,755.88
Manatee County  Coastal Watershed Program Planning Assistance  12/21/2018 $620,309.00
Manatee County  FL Maritime Museum Facility Enhancements  12/21/2018 $225,000.00
Manatee County  ​Shellfish Institute Sea Farm to Table ​12/21/2018 $100,000.00​
​Mississippi ​Bayou Casotte Industrial Buffer ​04/25/2019 $550,358.00​​
​Mississippi ​Harrison County Bulkhead and Dock Construction ​04/25/2019 $3,389,457.00​
​Mississippi Improved Fiber Optic Infrastructure – Planning Activities ​06/23/2017 $509,258.00​
​Mississippi ​Jackson County Corridor Connector Road ​06/07/2017 $14,996,389.00​
​Mississippi ​MDEQ Gulf Coast Water Quality Improvement Program ​09/20/2018 ​$11,202,349.00
​Mississippi Mississippi ​Aquarium ​06/23/2017 $18,349,620.00
​Mississippi ​Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center Site Capacity Improvements ​06/19/2018 ​$3,519,520.00
​Mississippi ​National Oceans and applications Research Center ​04/24/2018 ​$2,712,942.00​
​Mississippi Off-Bottom Oyster Aquaculture Program ​06/23/2017 $1,113,556.00​
​Mississippi ​Planning Assistance for the North Rail Connector ​05/04/2018 $574,027.00​
​Mississippi ​​Planning Assistance to Develop a Multiyear Implementation Plan Amendments ​03/30/2017 $1,805,813.00​
​Mississippi ​Port Bienville Trans-Loading Terminal Facility Completion ​06/07/2017 $7,999,957​.00
​Mississippi ​Stennis International Airport Hangar ​06/23/2017 $2,198,859.00​
​Mississippi ​Strategic Stream Restoration ​08/16/2017 ​$5,008,000.00​
Mississippi Trent Lott Airport Runway 08/28/2019 $6,727,759.00
Mississippi University of Southern Mississippi Marine Research Center 06/26/2019 $2,019,665.00​​
​Mississippi ​University of Southern Mississippi Oyster Hatchery and Research Center – Planning ​​12/14/2017 $233,978.35​
​Mississippi ​Work Ready Community Program ​12/22/2016 $4,053,745.00​
​Monroe County ​Canal Restoration - Islamorada ​02/04/2019 $128,308.50
Monroe County Canal Restoration - Unincorporated 10/07/2019 $478,308.50
​Monroe County ​Coral Reef Restoration ​10/31/2018 $578,308.50
Okaloosa County Captain Royal Melvin Heritage Park and Plaza 11/27/2019 $1,216,530.00
​Okaloosa County ​Economic Revitalization of Niceville's Historic Old Downtown ​07/29/2019 $389,289.00​​
​Pasco County ​Sunwest Park ​​06/07/2017 $220,842.80​
​Pasco County ​Waterfront Restoration Plan on the Pithlachascotee River 0​8/18/2017 $672,184.00​
​Pinellas County ​​A very high-resolution estuary circulation Nowcast/Forecast model for Tampa Bay and vicinity ​08/18/2016 ​$479,493.00
​Pinellas County ​Ft. De Soto Park Dune Walkovers ​10/26/2016 $534,890.00​
​Pinellas County ​Pinellas County Assessment of Vulnerability to the Impacts of Sea Level Rise and Infrastructure Resiliency Plan ​09/01/2016 $300,000.00​
​Pinellas County ​Planning Assistance for funds to establish and sustain an ocean-atmosphere observation site in support of other RESTORE Act eligible activities ​06/16/2016 $233,934.00
​Plaquemines Parish ​Bayou Eau Noire Ridge Restoration and Marsh Creation 2/8/2018 ​$3,300,174.63​
​Santa Rosa County Blackwater Heritage State Trail Infrastructure Improvements 2/7/2020 $120,000.00
​Santa Rosa County ​Dirt Road Paving Districts 1, 4, and 5 ​10/07/2019 $570,000.00​
​Santa Rosa County ​Gulf Coast Discovery Center, Phase I ​11/16/2017 $272,950.00​
​Santa Rosa County ​Oyster Habitat Restoration Project ​1/25/2019 $308,686.35​​
St. Bernard Parish Lake Lery March Creation (Phase 2) 3/19/2020 $300,000.00
​St. Bernard Parish ​Nunez Community College Fisheries Workforce Development 2/23/2018 ​$231,744.47​
​St. Bernard Parish ​Paris Road Corridor 2/8/2018 ​$824,000.00​
​St. Charles Parish ​Paradis Canal Gate ​7/24/2019 $398,727.11​​
St. John the Baptist Parish Belle Terre Blvd Streetscape and Stormwater Management Enhancements 4/3/2020 $328,799.29
​Tangipahoa Parish ​Planning Assistance for the Greenway Plan and Study Project​ ​2/27/2018 $71,314.00​​
​Tangipahoa Parish ​Planning Assistance for the Rock Jetty Plan and Study Project ​2/27/2018 $20,000.00​
​Terrebonne Parish ​Bayou Little Cailiou Flood Risk Reduction System Conveyance Channel 0​8/28/2019 $2,710,525.00​​
​Terrebonne Parish ​Fletcher Technical Community College Water Management Workforce Development ​10/10/2018 ​$250,000.00​
​Texas ​FY19 RESTORE Flood Protection Program ​06/26/2019 $27,108,813.00​
​Texas ​FY19 RESTORE Restoration and Protection Program ​04/30/2019 $31,105,252.00​
Vermilion Parish ​Closure of Two Breaches, North Shore of Vermilion Bay​ 3/19/2018 $​​​402,614.00
​Wakulla County ​​Planning Assistance to Develop a Multiyear Implementation Plan ​04/25/2017 $99,980.98
​Wakulla County ​Retrofit of Existing Train at Otter Creek WWTP ​4/25/2019 $2,893,131.00
Walton County Artificial Reef Construction - Miramar/Frangista 4/24/2019 $95,121.00
​Walton County ​Muscogee Nation of Florida Micro Farm Agritourism Project ​7/05/2018 ​$543,840.00
​Walton County ​Old Town of Santa Rosa TMDL Water Quality Restoration, Phase 1 ​11/26/2018 $594,506.37​
​Walton County ​Stormwater Projects - Mack Bayou Road ​05/16/2019  $738,387.00​
​Walton County ​Sustainable Economic Matrix and Master Plan ​06/26/2019 $112,877.39​
​Walton County ​Western Lake Drainage Improvement Project ​09/25/2018 ​$436,045.05


Direct Component Awards(Closed)



​Eligible Entity Project Title​ / Description ​Date of Award ​Award Amount
Bay County Planning Assistance to Develop a Multiyear Implementation Plan 06/16/2016 $62,617.42
Charlotte County Harbor Walk 06/26/2018 $225,041.61
Escambia County Planning Assistance to Develop a Multiyear Implementation Plan 03/13/2017 $415,850.11
Gulf County Planning Assistance to Develop a Multiyear Implementation Plan 11/12/2015 $499,221.00​
Levy County Planning Assistance to Develop a Multiyear Implementation Plan 04/26/2016 $54,443.98​​
​Livingston Parish ​Amite River Coastal Wetlands Restoration Phase 1 Planning ​11/30/2018​ $0.00​
Mississippi Accreditation Support for William Carey School of Pharmacy 08/25/2017 $985,903.99
Mississippi Planning Assistance to Develop a Multiyear Implementation Plan 08/06/2015 $372,568.62​
​Orleans Parish ​Planning Assistance to Develop a Multiyear Implementation Plan ​08/23/2018 $0.00
​Pasco County ​Orange Lake ​02/27/2017 ​$103,000.00
Santa Rosa County ​Planning Assistance to Develop a Multiyear Implementation Plan ​11/23/2016 $108,000.00​
St. John the Baptist Lake Pontchartrain Breakwater and Shoreline Protection 08/28/2018 $0.00​​
Tangipahoa Parish​ Construction Activities for Tangipahoa Parish Lee's Landing Boat Launch Repair-Reconstruction ​ 04/22/2016 $341,106.28​
​Tangipahoa Parish ​​Planning Assistance for a Dredging Feasibility Study on the Mouth of Tangipahoa River Access to Lake Pontchartrain ​​02/08/2016 ​$25,000.00
​Texas ​​​Planning Assistance to Develop a Multiyear Implementation Plan ​03/24/2017 $243,339.72


Direct Component Multiyear Implementation Plans Accepted by Treasury​

Eligible Entity​ Treasury Acceptance Date​ ​Revision Status Amount in MYP​ Entity​ Website​
Alabama​ ​11/19/2018 ​Amendment - Initial ​$192,416,759.00 ​​Alabama​
Bay County 04/2/2018 ​Amendment- 01 ​$7,405,241.00 Bay County
Bay County ​05/05/2017 ​Initial $7,405,241.00​ Bay County
Cameron Parish ​11/19/2015 ​Initial ​$354.803.79 Cameron Parish
Cameron Parish 7/20/2018 Amendment - 01 $612,829.21 Cameron Parish
​Charlotte County ​03/08/2016 ​Initial ​$726,453.00 ​Charlotte County
Collier County ​11/29/2017 ​Initial $1,532,077.76​ ​Collier County
Citrus County ​7/19/2018 ​Initial $1,874,150​ ​Citrus County
​Escambia County ​10/20/2017 ​Initial $8,638,650.00​ ​Escambia County
Franklin County 01/22/2020 Initial $7,461,355.78 Franklin County
​Gulf County ​02/17/2017 ​Initial ​$2,780,970.88 ​Gulf County
Gulf County ​6/12/2018 ​Amendment -01 $2,800,000.00​ Gulf County
Gulf County​ ​12/21/2018 ​Amendment - 02 $7,342,900.00​ Gulf County
Hernando County ​08/06/2015 ​Initial ​$569,500.00 ​Hernando County
Hernando County ​07/18/2019 ​ Amendment - 01 ​$586,000.00 ​Hernando County
​Jefferson County​ ​02/22/2019 ​Initial $1,523,742.00​ ​Jefferson County​
​Jefferson Parish ​08/17/2017 ​Initial $3,078,326.03​ ​Jefferson Parish
​Lafourche Parish ​09/13/2018 ​Amendment - 01 ​$195,277.00 ​Lafourche Parish
​Lafourche Parish ​02/18/2016 ​Initial ​$1,323,970.00 ​Lafourche Parish
​Levy County ​05/17/2018 ​Initial ​$1,545,576.00 ​Levy County
​Livingston Parish ​01/08/2016 ​Initial $561,895.49 ​Livingston Parish
Livingston Parish 10/25/2017 Amendment -01 $​856,​879.29 Livingston Parish
Livingston Parish 6/11/2018 Amendment - 02 $2,000,000.00​ Livingston Parish


​03/17/2017 ​Amendment -01 ​$81,969,002.00 Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of LA
Louisiana ​09/21/2015 ​Initial $34,400,000.00 ​Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of LA
Manatee County ​12/11/2017 Initial $1,545,309.00​ Manatee County
​Mississippi ​05/19/2016 ​Initial ​$54,100,000.00 ​​​Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Mississippi 07/05/2017 Amendment -01 $​80​,940,000.00 Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Mississippi 7/16/2018 Amendment - 02 $99,340,000​ Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Mississippi 06/19/2019 Amendment - 03 $120,240,000.00 Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
​Monroe County ​04/06/2016 ​Initial ​$1,184,925.50 ​Monroe County
Okaloosa County ​11/15/2019 ​Amendment - 01 $11,615,902.39​ Okaloosa County
Okaloosa County ​06/30/2017 ​Initial $5,365,902.39​ ​Okaloosa County
Pasco County ​07/31/2019 ​Amendment - 02 $1,582,000.00​ ​Pasco County
​Pasco County​ ​10/4/2018 ​Amendment - 01 $1,082,000.00​ ​Pasco County
​Pasco County ​07/17/2015 ​Initial ​$962,000.00 ​Pasco County
​Pinellas County ​12/07/2015 ​Initial ​$1,548,310.00 ​Pinellas County
Plaquemines Parish ​04/10/2015 ​Initial ​$2,057,198.00 ​Plaquemines Parish
Plaquemines Parish 06/02/2017 Amendment -01 $3,500,000.00 Plaquemines Parish
Plaquemines Parish 9/21/2018 Amendment - 02 $5,176,400.13​ Plaquemines Parish
​Santa Rosa County​ ​09/16/2019 ​Amendment - 01 $3,024,217.35​ ​Santa Rosa County
Santa Rosa County ​05/16/2017 Initial​ $3,712,355​.00​ Santa Rosa County
Sarasota County ​10/04/2018 Initial​ $1,874,091.00 Sarasota County
St. Bernard Parish​ ​11/15/2018 ​Amendment - 01 $4,294,970.00​ ​St. Bernard Parish
​St. Bernard Parish ​05/30/2017 ​Initial $​1,910,650.00​ ​St. Bernard Parish
​St. Charles Parish​​​ 0​1/17/2018 ​Initial $390,283.56​​ ​​St. Charles Parish​
St. John the Baptist Parish ​08/09/2019 ​Amendment - 01 ​$328,799.29 St. John the Baptist Parish
​St. John the Baptist Parish ​11/21/2016 ​Initial ​$219,782.12 ​St. John the Baptist
​St. Martin Parish​ ​10/30/2019 ​Initial $665,000.00​ ​St. Martin Parish​​
St. Tammany Parish ​10/28/2015 ​Initial ​$933,988.34 ​St. Tammany Parish
Tangipahoa Parish ​08/28/2015 ​Initial ​$574,705.49 ​Tangipahoa Parish
Tangipahoa Parish 09/15/2017 Amendment -01 $91,314.00​ Tangipahoa Parish
Tangipahoa Parish 9/10/2018 Amendment - 02 $ 1,166,442​ Tangipahoa Parish
​Taylor County ​03/09/2018 ​Initial ​$4,076,136.00 ​Taylor County
Terrebonne Parish ​04/29/2019 ​Amendment - 01 ​$2,935,525.00​ Terrebonne Parish
​Terrebonne Parish ​11/13/2017 ​Initial $2,700,386.04​ ​​Terrebonne Parish
​Texas ​12/18/2017 ​Initial $114,165,820.00​ ​Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
​Vermilion Parish ​06/24/2016 ​Initial ​$518,869.83 ​Vermilion Parish
Vermilion Parish 05/16/2018 Amendment - 01 $793,037.99 Vermilion Parish
Wakulla County ​09/26/2018 ​Initial $1,200,000.00​ Wakulla County
Wakulla County ​10/29/2019 ​Amendment - 01 ​$4,376,277.00 Wakulla County
Walton County ​08/17/2017 ​Initial $6,471,391.53​ Walton County
​Walton County ​04/01/2019 Amendment - 01 $6,584,268.92 Walton County
Walton County ​9/16/2019 ​Amendment - 02 $11,164,682.26​ Walton County




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