Gulf of Mexico
Surfside, Texas (By Richard L. Watson, Ph.D. Texas Coastal Geology)

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush to Award top to $1.8 million in Coastal Project Grants

The General Land Office, the lead coastal agency in Texas, is making available $1.8 M in new grant funds for coastal projects. The GLO administers the state Beach Access & Dune Protection Program, Texas Coastal Management Program, the Coastal Erosion Response and Planning Act (CEPRA), the Texas Oil Spill Response Program, Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) funds, and Post-Hurricane Harvey Community Development Block Grants, and plays an major role in the allocation of RESTORE Act revenues derived from the BP Horizon Oil Spill,

BIG SPRING — Today, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced that the Texas General Land Office is awarding up to $1.8 million in grant funding for coastal projects in your area. Three workshops will be held to provide information on the coastal grant program and allow potential applicants to discuss specific project ideas with staff. Due to significant changes in the application process and funding categories, attendance is highly recommended.

2019 Grant Workshops

  • Corpus Christi – May 8, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
    Del Mar College Center for Economic Development
    3209 South Staples St., Room 117, Corpus Christi, TX 78411
  • South Padre Island – May 9, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
    South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
    6801 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597
  • Galveston – May 15, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
    Rosenberg Library – Wortham Auditorium
    2310 Sealy Street, Galveston, TX 77550

Proposed projects must be located within the Texas coastal zone boundary and address at least one of the following: public access enhancement, applied research and data collection, coastal resiliency enhancements, coastal planning and community engagement, and efforts that support the implementation of a fully-certified Coastal Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Control program.

Applicants must provide a local or third-party match of 40% of the total project cost to comply with federal matching requirements. Match may be in the form of a "cash" match, "in-kind" match, or a combination thereof. Federal funds, received directly or passed-through by a state agency, cannot be used as match.

Submission of a pre-proposal is mandatory. Pre-proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2019. Applicants will receive notification of whether a project may be submitted as a final application. Upon invitation, applicants must submit final applications with supporting documentation by 5:00 p.m. on October 2, 2019.

The solicitation and application are available for download at