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Grants to USA Organizations in Multiple States to Protect Native Fish Species

2023 Small Grants Program


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Geographic Focus
USA: AlaskaArizonaCaliforniaColoradoIdahoMontanaNevadaNew MexicoOregonUtahWashingtonWyoming

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/22/23 5:00 PM MT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to USA organizations in multiple states to protect native fish species. Eligible projects must take place in one of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

WNTI is an initiative of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and a recognized National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) that seeks to cooperatively restore and recover 21 western native trout and char species and subspecies across their historic range by funding efforts that raise awareness for the importance of native trout and focus limited financial and human resources toward the highest-impact, locally-led, on-the-ground projects.

In addition to directing federal funding annually toward large, on-the-ground native trout conservation projects, WNTI administers a separate Small Grants Program to catalyze or accelerate smaller, high-impact efforts to restore or recover western native trout. The focus of WNTI's Small Grants Program is on projects with a strong element or primary focus on community outreach, education and/or volunteer engagement; or design/planning/monitoring work. Outreach is our top priority for this program and outreach projects will be ranked the highest, all other things being equal. WNTI's Small Grants program funding is not intended to pay for a small portion of a large habitat restoration or construction project.

At least one of WNTI’s target native trout and char species or sub-species in their historic range must be the primary species to benefit from your project: Apache Trout, Bonneville Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout, California Golden Trout, Coastal Cutthroat Trout, Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Gila Trout, Greenback Cutthroat Trout, Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, Little Kern Golden Trout, Paiute Cutthroat Trout, Interior Redband Trout, Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, Alaskan native Arctic Char, Arctic Grayling, Dolly Varden, resident Rainbow Trout, native naturally-occurring freshwater Kokanee, or native naturally-occurring Lake Trout.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizations that have received WNTI funding in the past must have interim or final reports on file with WNTI in order to be eligible for funding during this cycle.

Please note, the Western Native Trout Initiative will not consider:
1. Late requests.
2. Requests for programs or projects already completed.
3. Refunding projects, programs or items purchased before the grant is approved or awarded.
4. Participating in or funding of any political campaign on behalf of any issues, organizations or candidates.
5. Funding for the purchase of private land, general organizational operating revenue, or permanent staff salaries and benefits.

WNTI's Small Grants program funding is not intended to pay for a small portion of a large habitat restoration or construction project.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Mountain time on May 22, 2023.

Grant applications will be reviewed by the WNTI Steering Committee in late June. Applicants will be notified as soon as final decisions are made.

Project funds are awarded on a reimbursable basis.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Individual projects can be funded at a maximum of $5,000.

Term of Contract
Project funds must be expended by December 27, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have any questions, please contact
Therese Thompson, Coordinator
Western Native Trout Initiative
c/o Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Business Office
P.O. Box 190150
Boise, ID 83719
Phone: (208) 331-9431 x105

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