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Klamath River Coho Enhancement Fund

Grants to Oregon and California Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools for Fish Habitat Conservation in Eligible Regions

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Foundation / Corporation

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and PacifiCorp

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Deadline Date:

08/27/21 2:00 PM PT


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Grants to Oregon and California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions to improve the survival and recovery of salmon in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Eligible projects are those that enhance the survival and recovery of the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), a species listed as threatened pursuant to the both the state and federal Endangered Species Acts. Proposed projects should be located in the Klamath River or its tributaries downstream of Iron Gate Dam, within the habitat range of SONCC Coho Salmon.

In order to be eligible for funding, projects must have a direct benefit to SONCC Coho Salmon and address Plan goals. Plan goals are described in Chapter VI (Conservation Program) of the Plan and are summarized ‐ (see the link below). The highest priority will be given to projects that meet one or more of the Plan goals, objectives, and targets; however, other proposed projects in the lower and mid‐Klamath River are also welcome but would not receive first priority for consideration. 

Coho Enhancement Fund First Priority Project Types and Associated Plan Goals, Objectives, and Targets:

  • Access improvement and barrier removal projects (per Goal I of the Plan).
  • Mainstem habitat enhancement and protection projects (per Goal VI of the Plan). 
  • Tributary habitat enhancement and protection projects (per Goal VII of the Plan).
  • Water transaction funding (per Goal VII of the Plan).

For additional information on the above projects, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165319

Estimated Size of Grant:

​Grant awards will range in size from $10,000 to $ $250,000 per project, although more funding may be allocated for projects with large benefits for SONCC coho salmon or are multi-year projects that implement annual restoration and/or conservation actions.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year projects are eligible and encouraged to apply to this program in phases, although this Fund is not an applicable funding source for start-up or research projects that will not result in direct SONCC benefits to salmon upon project completion or shortly thereafter.

Grants for single projects are typically awarded to projects that can be completed within 3 years. Some larger-scale projects may warrant consecutive multi-year funding requests. These requests will be considered on a year-by-year basis and must describe what will be accomplished during each project phase to qualify for consideration.

Grants may also be awarded for projects that require annual action such that they provide the greatest benefit if they are performed year after year. These types of projects can receive a “renewable grant” for up to 5 years without formally re-applying through the NFWF Easygrants online application system. Such multi-year “renewable grant” projects will be required to detail the funding requested for each year of the project and explicitly document in their proposal (as further detailed below) the actions that will be implemented during each year of the project as well as the anticipated results from those actions. Applicants desiring to be considered for a “renewable grant” must be explicit about this in their proposal, and annual funding will be provided as long as the project is selected in the competitive process and continues to be implemented successfully.

NFWF will not provide reimbursement for any project expenditures prior to the grant award project period and will not be liable for such expenditures. However, grant applicants will be authorized to capture match funding specifically related to the project proposal for a period that is no longer than 1 year prior to the date of submission of the project proposal application to NFWF.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Federal, state, and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are welcome to apply.

Proposed projects should be located in the Klamath River or its tributaries downstream of Iron Gate Dam, within the habitat range of SONCC Coho Salmon.

NFWF does not fund political advocacy or litigation of any kind, shortfalls in government agency budgets, general administrative overhead, or general administrative overhead.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline (dates of activities are subject to change):
- Pre‐Proposal Due Date: June 11, 2021 2:00 PM Pacific
- Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: July 30, 2021
- Full Proposal Due Date: August 27, 2021, 2:00 PM Pacific
- Review Period: September-October 2021
- Awards Announced: December 2021

Proposals must be submitted through NFWF’s Easygrants online application system.

All Pre-Proposal applications must be received by June 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm Pacific time. Please note that extensions will not be granted. Applicants will be notified of the status of their Pre-Proposals by July 30, 2021. If invited to submit a full proposal, the due date will be August 27, 2021 at 2:00 pm Pacific time. Applicants will be notified of the status of their full proposals in December 2021.

Projects that demonstrate strong partnerships and that have matching funds from various partners/donors to support a significant portion of cost of the project being submitted, are strongly encouraged. Although matching funds are optional, projects with matching funds will be given higher priority consideration. An eligible match can include federal or non- federal cash or in-kind contributions (including volunteer labor). Matching funds do not need to be fully secured prior to submitting a grant proposal but should have a demonstrable likelihood of being secured during the project period to assure the project can be completed as proposed.

As part of the application, project costs will need to be broken down according to category. See URL for Full Text (RFP) for general budget categories.

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

Apply online through Easygrants:

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact the appropriate NFWF staff as follows:
Anne Butterfield, Senior Manager, Impact-Directed Environmental Accounts

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact:
Easygrants Helpdesk:
Voicemail: 202-595-2497
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
Include: your name, proposal ID #, e-mail address, phone number, program you are applying to, and a description of the issue.

Grant Coverage Areas:

Klamath River and its tributaries downstream of Iron Gate Dam.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California;   Oregon

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