$6.8 million available for recreational projects through the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Settlement – Recreational Use Grant Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (the Foundation), together with the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) and the California State Lands Commission (CSLC), is pleased to announce that Pre-Proposals are now being accepted under the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Settlement – Recreational Use Grant Program.  The Foundation established the Program with funds it received, on behalf of the CDFG and CSLC, pursuant to a consent decree settling a civil action brought by the United States [Case No. C 07-6045 (SC)], and two related actions.
 
There is approximately $6.8 million available through this Program for recreational projects that compensate the public for the loss of use and enjoyment of public beaches, parks, and other public or natural resources as a result of the Cosco Busan oil spill.  Project proposals are expected to focus on fishing, boating, and other water-based recreation, and/or shoreline recreation in the counties of Marin, Sonoma, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and/or San Mateo.  Pre-Proposals are due by April 26th.
 
The Cosco Busan Trustee Council, comprised of representatives of the Department of  the Interior (DOI), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), CDFG and CSLC, oversees and manages the use of monies recovered for impacts to the public’s natural resources , including final selection of projects and oversight of project implementation.  CDFG and CSLC will coordinate the final selection of projects under the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Settlement – Recreational Use Grant Program with the DOI and NOAA representatives.
 
For more information and to apply, please visit the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Settlement – Recreational Grant Use Program website at www.nfwf.org/coscobusanrec.
 
Please contact Liz Epstein at 415.243.3102 (liz.epstein@nfwf.org) with any questions.