Fish Habitat & Restoration Grants
American Sportfishing Association – FishAmerica Foundation Grant
Funds projects that implement locally-driven habitat restoration projects that emphasize stewardship and yield ecological and socioeconomic benefits. Projects must clearly demonstrate significant benefits to marine, estuarine or anadromous sportfish resources and should involve community participation through an educational or volunteer component tied to the restoration activities.
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation – Bring Back the Natives
This funding opportunity focuses on restoring, protecting, and enhancing native populations of sensitive or listed aquatic species, especially on lands on or adjacent to federal agency lands. The end result is on-the-ground restoration, in-stream improvements, and growing partnerships for the benefit of aquatic systems and their native species in the nation’s watersheds.
NOAA – Open Rivers Initiative
Provides funding and technical assistance to catalyze the implementation of locally-driven projects to remove dams and other river barriers, in order to benefit living marine and coastal resources, particularly diadromous fish. Projects funded through the Open Rivers Initiative must feature strong on-the- ground habitat restoration components that foster economic, educational, and social benefits for citizens and their communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources.
Title II – Special Projects on Federal Land
Funds projects on BLM and US Forest Service land including, but not limited to road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvement; improvements in forest ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; restoration, maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat; control of noxious and exotic weeds; and re-establishment of native species. A portion of Forest Service funds generated through multi-use activities, such as grazing, timber production, and special use permits, are distributed to eligible counties to help maintain local roads and schools.
Trout Unlimited – Home Rivers Initiative
This program is based on the premise that everything in a watershed is related and connected, and that watershed restoration requires far more than site-specific treatments. Each Home Rivers project is a collaborative multi-year effort that combines applied scientific and economic research, community outreach, on-the-ground restoration, and the development of long-term conservation and management strategies and tools.
US Fish & Wildlife Service – Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program
The Partners Program provides technical assistance and funding for projects in all habitat types which conserve or restore native vegetation, hydrology, and soils associated with imperiled ecosystems such as native prairies, forests, marshes, rivers and streams, or otherwise provide important habitat for a rare, declining or protected species. Locally-based field biologists work one-on-one with private landowners, tribes, municipalities and other partners to plan, implement, and monitor their projects.
US Fish & Wildlife Service – Tribal Landowner Incentive Program
Program funds projects involving habitat restoration, environmental assessment, and other efforts to protect federally listed, proposed or candidate species on Tribal lands.
Washington State – Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account
In 1984, the Washington State Legislature created this grant program to ensure that money generated from aquatic lands was used to protect and enhance those lands. Grants may be used for the acquisition, improvement, or protection of aquatic lands for public purposes. They also may be used to provide or improve public access to the waterfront. Aquatic lands are all tidelands, shore lands, harbor areas, and the beds of navigable waters.
Washington State – Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board (FBRB)
In 2014, the Washington State Legislature created this grant program to identify and remove impediments to salmon and steelhead migration. The FBRB evaluates fish passage projects and submits a priority project list to the Governor’s office and to the Legislature for consideration of funding.
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife / US Fish & Wildlife Service – Fisheries Restoration & Irrigation Mitigation Act (FRIMA)
The statewide FRIMA program provides financial and technical assistance to local partners to correct barriers to fish passage related to irrigation and water diversion projects and facilities. Any state agency, local group or private landowner can apply. Projects must include a local government or Tribal sponsor or co-applicant.
Washington State – Family Forest Fish Passage Program (FFFPP)
The Family Forest Fish Passage Program provides funding to small forest landowners to repair or remove fish passage barriers.