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Council Grants Office

The Grants Office and Compliance Division of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is responsible for the business management aspect of grants and interagency agreements (IAAs). These activities include, but are not limited to: evaluating applications for administrative content and compliance with statutes, regulations, and guidelines; negotiating grants and agreements; providing consultation and technical assistance to recipients; and administering grants and agreements after award. Communication is a key component in successfully managing a grant or interagency agreement. For that reason, recipients are strongly encouraged to contact the Grants Office with questions or when unanticipated events occur that might affect the timely completion of required tasks.

Council Grants Resources Page:  Resources for preparing and managing grants

Council Grants Training Page: Information on upcoming training sessions offered by the Grants Office and materials from past training sessions

Council Grants and Interagency Agreements
The Council Grants Office administers grants and interagency agreements under both the Council-Selected Restoration Component and the Spill Impact Component.

Grants and Interagency Agreements awarded under the Council-Selected Restoration Component

Grants awarded under the Spill Impact Component


Funding Opportunities and Requests for Applications
Please refer to the Council-Selected Restoration Component and the Spill Impact Component pages for links to the Funding Opportunities.


Restoration Assistance and Award Management System (RAAMS)

The Restoration Assistance and Award Management System (RAAMS) is an electronic grants management system utilized by the RESTORE Council for the management of grants and IAAs. Applicants and recipients are required to utilize RAAMS for grant and interagency agreement applications, and to perform grant or agreement administrative tasks unless an exception has been granted by the Grants Office. RAAMS allows users to:

  • Submit Proposals
  • Submit Applications
  • Accept a Grant or IAA
  • Request Revisions and Amendments 
  • Submit Required Reports
  • Submit Required and Supporting Documentation
  • Close-Out an Award

The RAAMS website is located at https://raams.restorethegulf.gov

The RAAMS User’s Guide and other supporting materials are available at the Council Grants Resources Page.

Although RAAMS registration is open to all users working on projects and programs conducted as part of the Council-Selected Restoration Component and Spill Impact Component, only users explicitly authorized by a Council member or Council member designee will be able to submit proposals and applications. 

Contacts

RAAMS Help Desk: One-stop shop for RAAMS questions 

For assistance, please contact:
Jennifer Robinson or Zachary Konkol

RAAMS Help Desk number: 504-444-2540

For technical questions about using RAAMS please contact: raams_techsupport@restorethegulf.gov

For any substantive program questions please contact: raams_pgmsupport@restorethegulf.gov

Senior Grants Management Officer:
Kristin Smith: kristin.smith@restorethegulf.gov

Grants Management Specialists:
Joshua Easton: joshua.easton@restorethegulf.gov
Bjorn Johnson: bjorn.johnson@restorethegulf.gov
Bridget Zachary: bridget.zachary@restorethegulf.gov

Chief Financial Officer/Director of Administration - Mary Pleffner:
mary.pleffner@restorethegulf.gov