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Recipients picked for BP tourism, seafood grants

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Posted: Nov 7, 2012 3:17 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: new orleans, bp, grant, gulf, coast, tourism, seafood, oil, spill

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.

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