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Feb 16, 2011 2:17 PM by Press Release

Foundation Offers Second Round of Rig Relief Grants Application period for qualified workers runs March 15-May 13

Applications will be accepted from March 15 to May 13 for the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation's second round of financial assistance grants for oil rig workers affected by the federally imposed deepwater moratorium that followed the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Under the terms of the act of donation with BP that created the Rig Worker Assistance Fund, second-round awards are limited to individuals who were working as of May 6, 2010, in direct support of any deepwater drilling rig that was subject to the federal moratorium. People working for offshore supply companies and offshore support companies that were directly supporting the deepwater rigs are qualified to apply. Examples include fuel, industrial chemical and food supply firms, and diving and crew boat service businesses.

Based on available information, it is estimated that up to 9,000 people might qualify for the awards ranging from $3,000-$30,000.

Those who believe they qualify can begin the application process March 15 online at www.RigReliefGrants.org or by calling (866) 577-8141 beginning March 15. Until then, the line has a recorded message.

In the meantime, applicants can help the program move rapidly by collecting qualifying documents. We expect those documents to include:

* Paystubs indicating year-to-date income for 2009 and 2010
* W-2 and 1099 tax forms for 2009 and 2010
* Income tax returns for 2009 and 2010
* Information related to spousal income, insurance proceeds, unemployment payments, payments from other relief funds and information about average monthly expenses for at least three months between May 6, 2010, and Oct. 12, 2010

The Foundation will review all applications to determine the grant amount. All award checks for approved applicants are expected to be sent by June 15.

In the first round, GCRPF made $5.3 million in grants to workers directly employed on the 33 rigs. A total of 624 people began the first-round application process. Of those, 343 completed an application package to document their financial hardship - the amount of their regular and extraordinary expenses they could not cover because of a decline or loss in income from the moratorium. Only nine applications were denied. The average grant was $15,914.

The Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation was created to help people affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and provide for the long-term sustainability of wildlife in the coastal ecosystem. More information is available online at GCRPF.org.

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