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

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Businesses,
and Agencies for Environmental Projects

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)

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07/23/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Washington nonprofits organizations,government agencies, and private or public corporations for environmental restoration projects in eligible regions. 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.

Requested are exemplary projects of regional importance that either: 

  1. Provide substantial and cost effective nearshore ecosystem restoration or protection of ecosystem functions, goods, and services, or 
  2. Advance learning about cutting-edge ecosystem restoration tactics and strategies for the purpose of increasing efficiency and effectiveness of future restoration. 

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 in order to improve effectiveness of program actions.

Basic ESRP Eligibility:

  • Within Puget Sound (East of Cape Flattery).
  • The proposed project need must be identified by PSNERP, a salmon recovery Lead Entity or Marine Resource Committee, and listed in a watershed, current salmon recovery, or nearshore habitat restoration or protection plan.
  • The primary purpose of the project must be to restore or protect Puget Sound nearshore ecosystem processes or functions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147295

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, 2021 and June 30, 2023, unless additional time is required and approved by the ESRP Management Team.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may be state, federal, local, or tribal agencies, non-governmental or quasi-governmental organizations, and private or public corporations.

Projects with the primary objective of providing recreational access, or remediating chemical contamination 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, as determined by the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project or WDFW. 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-proposal Conference:

A grant competition informational webinar will be held on March 24, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.

Join the meeting here:

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit a pre-proposal through the PRISM online system by April 1, 2020.

All applicants will be contacted the first week of April with instructions to schedule site visits, which will be held April 27 - May 22, 2020.

Applicants invited to submit an application will be notified in early June. Full proposals are due by July 23, 2020, 11:59 PM.

Funding notification is dependent upon final 2021-23 state budget. Funds are anticipated to be available July 1, 2021.

ESRP requires that projects provide a match of cash or in-kind services equaling 30% of the total project cost. This match must be incurred according to RCO policies. Some of this match must be non- state funds. Match requirements are typically consistent with RCO-SRFB definitions; however, match eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit pre-proposals and applications online:

Site visit scheduling questions can be sent to

Jay Krienitz, ESRP Manager- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
(360) 902-2572

Kay Caromile, ESRP/Salmon Project Manager- Recreation and Conservation Office
(360) 867-8532

Tish Conway-Cranos, Nearshore Science Manager –Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
(360) 902-2603

PRISM Support Staff:
(360) 902-3086

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Within Puget Sound (East of Cape Flattery)

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