Recipients picked for BP tourism, seafood grants
NEW ORLEANS - More than 100 nonprofit groups and government entities have been picked to get shares of $43.7 million in BP funds to promote the Gulf Coast's tourism and seafood industries following the company's 2010 oil spill.
The first round of grants announced Wednesday by court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau is part of a proposed settlement between BP and a team of private plaintiffs' attorneys.
The deal calls for BP to fund a total of $57 million in tourism and seafood promotion grants.
The 110 grant recipients were picked from a pool of more than 350 applicants.
In Louisiana, 43 recipients will get $15.9 million. In Florida, 33 organizations will receive $13.4 million. In Alabama, 21 groups will get $8.3 million. In Mississippi, 13 organizations will get $6 million.