Oil spill restoration funding

When oil spills impact our natural, cultural and historic, and publicly owned resources, we work with other federal, state, and local agencies and tribes to restore those resources to pre-spill conditions. The Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) Resource Damage Assessment (RDA) Account was created as a way to fund restoration and enhancement projects and studies with money collected through Resource Damage Assessments from oil spills penalties. Since 1993, over 125 restoration projects have been funded by the CPF RDA Account.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: $80,000
  • Funding allocated:
  • Grant award limit: Preference may be given to projects costing $50,000 or less.
  • Amount of matching funds required: There is no match requirement. Preference may be given to project proposals that use the CPF RDA Account funds as a match to leverage additional funding.

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Current application window

Start date: Sep 19, 2017
End date: Nov 6, 2017

Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) Resource Damage Assessment (RDA) Account grant applications are accepted when there are enough funds in the account to award grants.

Eligible projects will be reviewed and selected by the Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) Steering Committee.

Funding is available for the following entities:

There are no restrictions on who is eligible to apply for funding from the Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) Resource Damage Assessment (RDA) Account.

Under RCW 90.48.390, the Washington State Legislature created the Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) Resource Damage Assessment (RDA) Account to serve as a non-appropriated revolving fund to pay for projects that:
  • Restore or enhance environmental, recreational, archeological, or aesthetic resources for the benefit of Washington's citizens.
  • Investigate the long-term effects of oil spills.
  • Develop and implement aquatic land geographic information systems.
Funds may also be allocated for research and development into the causes, effects, and removal of pollution caused by the discharge of oil or other hazardous substances.

Examples of eligible project types can be found on our interactive resource restoration map.

More information about this funding program

Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) accounts

The CPF is divided into three separate accounts, two of which are managed by our Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program:

  1. The Resource Damage Assessment Account (RDA)

    The RDA Account contains money collected from natural resource damage assessments under RCW 90.48.366 through RCW 90.48.368. The RDA Account is further divided into sub-accounts based on where the spills occurred. Projects are funded that restore or enhance public resources within the same sub-account areas.

    Distribution of funds from the CPF RDA Account are determined by the CPF Steering Committee in consultation with affected local agencies and tribal governments. The committee consists of members from the following agencies:
    Committee meetings are open to the public and will be announced through the media and on the Ecology events calendar.
    • Department of Ecology (Chair)
    • Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • Department of Natural Resources
    • Parks and Recreation Commission
  2. The John Bernhardt (JB) Account

    The JB Account receives payments from oil and hazardous material spill penalties collected under Chapter 90.48 RCW and Chapter 90.56 RCW, and the one cent-per-gallon charge from each Marine Use Tax Refund claim under RCW 32.36.330. This account is named in memory of John Bernhardt, who worked on many environmental protection activities during his 24 years at the Department of Ecology. As section head for the agency's Spill Prevention and Policy Section in Central Programs, John Bernhardt guided development and implementation of numerous important spill prevention, planning, and response initiatives, including use of the Coastal Protection Fund.

    Fund disbursement from the JB Account are determined by the Spills Program Manager with recommendations from the CPF Steering Committee
  3. The Terry Husseman Account (THA)

    The Terry Husseman Account is managed by our Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program. It receives payments from penalties issued for water quality violations of the Water Pollution Control Act.