WHAT IS GULF STAR?
Gulf Star is a public-private partnership administered by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a 501c3 public charity with flexibility to collaborate with others in the Gulf region. Gulf Star partners are agencies, businesses, private organizations, and citizens that provide funding for projects that are tied directly to Gulf economies such as sustainable seafood, loss of critical habitats, coastal resilience, water resources, living marine resources, and monitoring.
2017 GULF STAR FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
The 2017 Gulf Star funding opportunity will take place this summer. We anticipate releasing a comprehensive RFP at the end of June, so check back soon.
WHY DO WE NEED IT? / WHAT’S THE PURPOSE?
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance takes on foundational, region-wide issues that are tied directly to Gulf economies established by the Gulf States themselves:
- Sustainable seafood
- Loss of critical habitats
- Coastal resilience
- Water quality and quantity
- Living marine resources
- Data and monitoring
The goal of the Gulf Star program is to facilitate partnerships between the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and outside funders who wish to use their investments strategically to achieve measurable results around these priority issues that are common to all five states of the Gulf of Mexico region.
WHO ARE THE GULF STAR PARTNERS?
Gulf Star partners are those state and federal agencies, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and private citizens working in the region that support the goal of addressing common issues on a regional basis. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance leverages contributions from public partners with those from our private partners to maximize the total resources available for regional projects, resulting in nearly 10:1 leveraging ratio. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance allocates 90 cents of every contribution dollar into projects to address issues identified by the Gulf states as those important to sustaining Gulf economies and brings a collaborative approach to addressing regional issues with transparency and accountability.
Our current Gulf Star commitments include:
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Department of the Interior
- Shell Exploration and Production Company
- Gulf of Mexico Foundation
- Anadarko our new partner
- The Nature Conservancy
- Freeport-McMoRan, Inc.
Other partners will be added as their commitments are confirmed, including federal agencies and other members of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Business Advisory Council.
ADVANTAGES FOR BEING A GULF STAR PARTNER
As leaders in the region, Gulf Star partners select projects that provide solutions to complex issues affecting the region and coastal communities through a competitive process. In addition, our Gulf Star partners receive an extraordinary leveraging potential, in the order of 10:1. They have access to the talents of on-the-ground resource managers from a diverse array of sectors, including state and federal agencies, businesses, academia, and non-governmental organizations.
HOW TO LEARN MORE
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- Gulf of Mexico Alliance Priority Issue Teams develop project concepts that address specific actions from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s Action Plan III for Healthy and Resilient Coasts.
- Depending on the requirements of the funding source, those project concepts are selected through a competitive process and evaluated for Gulf Star funding.
- For Program Year 1 (2016), funding for projects awarded in the first year of the Gulf Star program is approximately $750,000. Project awards range from several thousand dollars up to the full amount allocated for each Team.
- For Program Year 2 (2017), funding for projects is approximately $600,000.
- Funding levels for future Program Years will be updated as commitments are secured.
MINIMUM PROJECT CRITERIA
- Projects address Gulf Star priorities and objectives identified in Governors’ Action Plan III.
- A collaborative approach is a requirement of each project, providing progress reports and reporting to the GOMA Teams as part of their regular meetings.
- Project durations are between 12-24 months.
- Deliverables are required of each Gulf Star award and are specific to the scope of each project as detailed in the award contract.
Program Year 2
June 2017: Anticipated RFP Announcement
September 2017: Tentative RFP Deadline
September – October 2017: Proposal Review & Selection
October -November 2017: Project Awards
January 2018: Target Start Date for All Projects
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the benefits to my organization and my family from participating in GulfStar?
You will become a supporting member of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s network of partnerships in a coordinated effort to address the most important issues facing the Gulf region.
How do I become a GulfStar Partner?
Please contact Laura Bowie, GOMA’s Executive Director at Laura.Bowie@gomxa.org.
How do I apply for grants under the Gulf Star program?
Join a Priority Issue Team! There are no dues or membership fees. All Gulf Star proposals are solicited through the Priority Issue Teams and awardees are expected to be a contributing member of the Team. Joining a team is easy – simply let the Team Coordinator know to add your contact information to their Team list. You will immediately begin receiving periodic email updates and notices for Team calls, relevant workshops, and funding opportunities.
What has GOMA accomplished?
For over 12 years, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance has addressed the priority issues of the Gulf by bringing together diverse talent, coordinating capabilities, and maximizing the impact of funding. We believe that collaboration brings exponential results. This regional collaboration helps to realize cost reductions based on healthier natural resources and increased regional resilience.
Example GOMA projects:
- Dredged sands and sediments are being matched up with restoration programs to restore important marine habitats on a regional scale. (Learn more)
- A prediction warning system to forecast the occurrence of harmful algal blooms has been developed with wide-spread applicability to tourism and fisheries. (Learn more)
- The Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s oil spill research initiative has greatly increased the research capacity of academic institutions in the Gulf. (Learn more)
- Gulf Coast communities are more resilient to natural hazard events thanks to a tool developed by Alliance partners that helps communities raise their community rating, thereby realizing lower insurance costs for businesses and individuals.(Learn more)
- Best available science is being applied to real world problems through the integration of academia with coastal project managers within Alliance teams.
- Upstream partners are engaged to reduce nutrients, providing important solutions to Dead Zone occurrences in the Gulf of Mexico. (Learn more)
- A comprehensive database is being created to track restoration projects resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (Learn more)
GOMA’s 10-Year Summary Report provides a complete listing of all GOMA projects from 2004 to 2014.