2 Weeks Remain to Apply for Offshore Support Worker Grants

Staff reports

Offshore support and supply workers throughout the Gulf of Mexico suffering financial hardship because of the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling have less than two weeks to apply for the second round of financial assistance grants offered by the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation.

Applications will be accepted until May 13. So far, about 900 applications have been started.  

Under 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 fueling, industrial, chemical and food-supply firms, and diving and crew-boat service businesses.

Grant awards will range from $3,000 to $30,000. All grants are expected to be awarded by June 15.

Those who believe they qualify should call the grant hotline at (866) 577-8141 or apply online at www.gcrpf.org. The hotline is staffed Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Applicants can help the program move rapidly by collecting qualifying documents, which include:

0.Paystubs indicating year-to-date income for 2009 and 2010

0.W-2 and 1099 tax forms for 2009 and 2010

0.Income tax returns for 2009 and 2010

0.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 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