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Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes for Environmental Restoration Projects in Eligible Regions

Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP) Restoration and Protection Grant Program - Nearshore Restoration Projects and Protection


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Funding Source
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington: Within Puget Sound (East of Cape Flattery)

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/08/24
Deadline: 05/22/24 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, government agencies, districts, and tribes in eligible areas for environmental restoration projects. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to restore the natural processes required to create and maintain the Puget Sound nearshore ecosystem.

The broad restoration objectives of ESRP include:

  1. Restore the size and quality of large river delta estuaries and the nearshore processes that deltas support.
  2. Restore the number and quality of coastal embayments.
  3. Restore the size and quality of beaches and bluffs.
  4. Increase understanding of natural process restoration to improve the effectiveness of program actions

Eligible Project Types:

  • Acquisition (protection)
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Design
  • Restoration implementation

All project costs and donations submitted for reimbursement or match must directly relate to the work identified in the grant agreement and be considered reasonable, necessary, and eligible.

  • Monitoring Costs: Grant recipients must monitor project implementation to ensure project completion as planned and address any post-construction issues in the ESRP project agreement. This is referred to as implementation monitoring.
  • Pre-Agreement Costs: Generally, RCO will not reimburse costs incurred before the project start date of the grant’s project agreement. However certain pre-agreement costs within the project scope are eligible for reimbursement (or to be used as match) if approved by the ESRP/RCO grants manager in writing. Eligible pre-agreement costs include the following:
    • Engineering and design costs for restoration projects.
    • Engineering and design costs (e.g., surveying, geotechnical, other data gathering) for planning projects.
    • Costs necessary to determine control and tenure of the restoration site (e.g., title report).
    • Costs necessary to establish land values for acquisition projects (e.g., survey, appraisals, title report).
    • Acquisition projects granted a Waiver of Retroactivity.
    • If cost-effective (i.e., materials are available at a reduced cost), the following construction materials and any associated transportation costs:
      • Large woody materials,
      • Culverts, and
      • Bridges.

The proposed project need must be identified by PSNERP, a salmon recovery Lead Entity or Marine Resource Committee, or listed in a current watershed, salmon recovery, or nearshore habitat restoration or protection plan.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants may be state, federal, or local agencies, Native American tribes, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and quasi-governmental organizations (e.g., conservation districts, irrigation districts, regional fisheries enhancement groups).

Eligible Geographies And Scope: Project sites/project types within Puget Sound Nearshore (East of Cape Flattery to the Canadian border). ESRP defines the nearshore zone as 200 meters immediately upland of tidal influence to the end of the photic zone in the marine shoreline. It includes the shoreline bluffs, the tidal portions of streams and rivers, and shallow water areas out to a depth where sunlight no longer supports marine vegetation.

ESRP does not fund project-specific effectiveness monitoring but supports a learning program that collects region-wide data to inform future restoration.

ESRP will not pay for purchases of land, construction materials and associated costs, or installation costs except those noted above, that were incurred before the project start date of the grant’s project agreement.

Agency indirect costs are not eligible for ESRP Restoration and Protection projects.

Projects with the primary purpose of providing recreational access are not eligible as stand-alone projects; however, these activities may be eligible components of larger efforts.

Projects awards will not be provided for work that relieves obligatory compensation or mitigation requirements incurred by the sponsor or a third-party. Funding, however, may be provided for actions associated with compensation or mitigation, if those elements are above and beyond the mitigation requirements and can be easily isolated from the required mitigation activities.

Pre-Application Information
- RFP published: Dec. 7, 2023. Restoration and Protection Grants Request for Proposals released
- Grant competition informational webinar: Nov. 28, 2023 9 a.m. to noon. Informational Webinar for Restoration and Protection, Learning (Pre-Design) and Small Grants Programs.
- Pre-proposals due; register for site visits: Feb. 8, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Pre-proposal submitted through PRISM online. All applicants will be contacted with instructions to schedule site visits.
- Pre-application site visit presentations: March 4 - 29, 2024. In-person site visits with members of the ESRP team. March 4-8 Central/South Sound. March 11-15 North Sound. March 18-22 West Sound/Hood Canal. March 25-29 (virtual)
- Pre-proposal review complete; invitation to submit full proposal: April 8, 2024. Pre-proposal review complete; applicants invited to submit Final Applications to Restoration and Protection Grant Program.
- Final applications due (both new and portfolio projects) in PRISM: May 22, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Final Applications due (both new and portfolio) for Restoration and Protection Grants.
- Applicant presentations and technical review: July 8 - 12, 2024. Applicant Presentations and Technical Review Week for Restoration & Protection Grants.
- 2025-27 Preliminary Investment Plan released: Oct. 1, 2024. Funding notification is dependent upon the final 2025-27 state budget. Funds are anticipated to be available on July 1, 2025.
- Final investment plan: Spring 2025. Determined by WA Legislature.
- Anticipated grant period: July 1, 2025 - June 30, 2027. Biennium

ESRP’s application process for new projects includes a required pre-proposal, an optional site visit, and a required full application and presentation. The site visit is optional, but strongly encouraged as it provides an opportunity for applicants to discuss their proposals on site with the Pre-Proposal Technical Advisory Team and receive eligibility and technical feedback to improve their project scope and design prior to submitting a full proposal. Note that, although pre-proposals are required, ESRP staff will consider accepting full applications from applicants who did not submit a pre-proposal on a case-by-case basis to take advantage of emerging project opportunities. ESRP will notify all project sponsors who submit a pre proposal if they are invited to submit a full proposal by April 8th

ESRP requires that projects provide a match equaling 30% of the total project cost entered in PRISM (including your ESRP request and match).

To ensure the complete application may be submitted by the deadline, and to expedite project implementation, make sure to work with landowners, including state or local agencies, early.

RCO pays sponsors through a reimbursement process.

Webinar Recording:

Estimated Size of Grant
There is no maximum or minimum funding limit for proposed projects. Previous awards have ranged from $25,000 to $2,600,000, with average requests from $200,000 - $400,000.

Term of Contract
Project awards are for work to be completed between July 1, 2025 and June 30, 2027, unless additional time is required and approved by the ESRP Management Team. Applicants with projects requiring extended timeframes to complete should consider breaking the project up into multiple planning and/or construction phases, each with their own set of deliverables that can each be completed in roughly a two-year time frame. Phased restoration projects that score highly may be eligible for ESRP’s Phased Portfolio Project program.

Contact Information
Submit pre-proposals and applications online:

Site visit scheduling questions can be sent to

Questions regarding this RFP should be directed towards:
- Jason Alberich, Puget Sound Section Manager - Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (360) 791-7764,, or
- Vacant, ESRP Program Manager - Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Please contact Jason Alberich with Program Manager questions until position is filled.
- Kay Caromile, ESRP/RCO Grants Manager- Recreation and Conservation Office (360) 867-8532,, or
- Tish Conway-Cranos, Nearshore Science Manager –Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (360) 902-2540,

For information about PRISM, contact:
- ESRP/RCO Grants Manager at or (360) 867-8532 or
- RCO’s PRISM support staff at or (360) 902-3086.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Mailing Address
PO Box 43200
Olympia, WA 98504-3200

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