The Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation & Enforcement and the Texas General Land Office. Funded with federal royalties from offshore oil and gas leases, CIAP assists those states that have either supported or been impacted from oil and gas exploration and development along the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
Onshore impacts can include increased need for production and support facilities, air and water quality issues and increasing demand for infrastructure and social systems due to an influx of OCS workforce.
Thirty-five percent of CIAP funding is provided directly by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation & Enforcement to the 18 Texas coastal counties.
State and federal agencies are eligible to receive CIAP funding, along with universities (public or private), county and local governments, other state subdivisions and non-profit organizations.
CIAP funds must be used in the 18 coastal counties of Texas, and may be used only for one or more of the following:
Coastal Land Advisory Board
State CIAP projects are managed by the Coastal Land Advisory Board, chaired by the Texas Land Commissioner. Learn More.
The Board approves state CIAP projects, along with the Governor’s Office, then Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation & Enforcement must review projects before funding. Once approved, the Land Office will contract with vendors or sub-grantees to perform projects. Project expenses are reimbursed after they are incurred. Funding advancements may be allowed only under special conditions. Learn More.
The Coastal Land Advisory Board prefers a project be completed within three (3) years. Multi-phase projects will be allowed.