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Klamath River Coho Enhancement Fund

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

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Foundation / Corporation

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and PacifiCorp

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Deadline Date:

08/28/19 2:00 PM PT


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Grants to Oregon and California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions to restore habitat in the Klamath River basin. Applicants must submit a Pre-Proposal prior to submitting a full application. Eligible projects address fish passage barrier removal, access improvement, and habitats improvement to coldwater refugia, as well as other activities that will directly benefit coho salmon.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has a conservation program partnership with PacifiCorp, known as the Klamath River Coho Enhancement Fund (Fund), in order to implement conservation objectives contained in PacifiCorp’s Klamath Hydroelectric Project Interim Operations Habitat Conservation Plan for Coho Salmon (Plan). The Plan received final approval by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in February 2012. The conservation projects selected for implementation under the Fund are designed to enhance the survival and recovery of the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), a species listed as threatened pursuant to both the state and federal Endangered Species Acts.

Funds will be used to implement projects that enhance the survival and recovery of SONCC Coho Salmon. 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.

Summary of Chapter VI (Conservation Program) Plan Goals:

The projects that will be given the highest priority:

- 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 examples of each of the above projects, see the following link:

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 these programs in phases; however, the funding sources are not applicable for start-up or research projects that will not result in direct benefits to SONCC coho salmon upon project completion or within about 5 years of selection.

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:

Eligible and Ineligible Entities
- Federal, state, and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are welcome to apply.
- 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:


Dates of activities are subject to change.

- Pre‐Proposal Due Date: June 3, 2019, 2:00 pm Pacific
- Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: July 24, 2019
- Full Proposal Due Date: August 28, 2019, 2:00 pm Pacific
- Review Period: September‐October 2019
- Awards Announced: December 2019

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

All Pre‐Proposal applications must be received by June 3, 2019 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 24, 2019. If invited to submit a full proposal, the due date will be August 28 2019 at 2:00 pm Pacific time. Applicants will be notified of the status of their full proposals in early December 2019

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.

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

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For questions related to the requirements of the Bureau of Reclamation Klamath River Coho Habitat Restoration Program:

Anne Butterfield, Senior Manager, Impact-Directed Environmental Accounts

For issues or assistance with our 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.

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