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The Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) is a federally funded grants program administered by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Texas General Land Office. The Energy Policy Act established CIAP to assist states that supported or were impacted from oil and gas exploration and development along the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allocated over $109 million in CIAP funds to the State of Texas and over $58 million directly to the 18 Texas coastal counties. The State’s CIAP funding supports a total of 93 projects. The diverse nature of projects, which vary from sea turtle conservation to marsh restoration to research, enhance the diverse nature of the Texas coastline in the 18 coastal counties from Sabine Pass to the Rio Grande. 

The Coastal Land Advisory Board is no longer soliciting applications. All projects were approved by the Board, along with the Governor’s Office, and included in the State of Texas CIAP plan. The Land Office is currently managing 63 CIAP projects.

At this time, U.S. Congress has not allocated additional funding. All CIAP projects must be completed by December 31, 2016. As CIAP draws to a close, the State of Texas looks to additional funding sources to protect our coastal resources for generations to come.

 Notable Accomplishments

With 28 completed and 63 on-going projects, CIAP has achieved a few notable accomplishments, including:

  • Protection of 8,536 acres of coastal habitats through land acquisition
  • Removal of 1,226 derelict pilings from Galveston Bay
  • Protection of 19,068 linear feet of shoreline
  • Restoration of 37.6 acres of intertidal marsh and 3,800 linear feet of dunes
  • Utilization of 510,400 cubic yards of sand for shoreline nourishment
  • Plugging of 37 wells to eliminate pollution threats to state waters

 CIAP Requirements

CIAP funds must be used in the 18 coastal counties of Texas to support the following projects and activities:

  • Conservation, protection, or restoration of coastal areas, including wetlands
  • Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife, or natural resources
  • Planning assistance and the administrative costs of complying with this section
  • Implementation of a federally approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan
  • Mitigation of the impact of OCS activities through funding of onshore infrastructure projects and public service needs

Grantee Requirements

Typically, the Land Office administers CIAP grants through a sub-contract with the grant applicant. The Land Office provides form templates, instructions, and examples to help grant applicants meet contract requirements. Learn More.

Coastal Land Advisory Board
State CIAP projects are managed by the Coastal Land Advisory Board, chaired by the Texas Land Commissioner.  Learn More.