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Russian River Coho

Grants to California Nonprofits, Tribal Governments, Agencies, Schools,
and IHEs to Recover Salmon Populations in the Russian River

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 8:59 PM Pacific Time


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Grants to California nonprofits, Tribal governments, local agencies, schools, and IHEs for programs that help to increase the coho salmon population in the Russian River watershed. Funding is intended for projects that restore an improved seasonal flow in the priority watersheds; enhance the reliability of water supply; and increase the viability of juvenile coho salmon and the number of returning adult coho.

To be eligible for funding, projects must occur within the five focal subwatersheds of the Russian River, as indicated in the Russian River Coho Business Plan. These are: (1) Grape Creek, (2) Mill Creek, (3) Mark West Creek, (4) Dutch Bill Creek, and (5) Green Valley Creek.

Proposals must specifically implement the key strategies of the Russian River Coho Business Plan:
- Water management: Develop, design, and implement water storage and forbearance projects that provide a means to maintain agricultural water uses while improving instream conditions for coho salmon through summer.
- Streamflow monitoring and watershed management: Streamflow monitoring projects that identify diversions having significant impacts on flow in key reaches.
- Outreach: Outreach and recruitment activities that combine broad, watershed-scale outreach with targeted contacts to recruit individual landowners in areas where monitoring data indicate the potential for streamflow improvement.
- Streamflow Improvement Plans: Develop Streamflow Improvement Plans (SIPs) that synthesize and integrate land and water use data, water rights details, streamflow and habitat monitoring, and flow-habitat relationships to develop a prioritization of strategies and projects based on projected instream flow needs.
- Coho Population Monitoring and Evaluation: Evaluate the effects of water management activities on coho salmon by monitoring juvenile coho survival in treatment reaches (flow impaired, targeted for improvement) and reference reaches (less flow impaired, not targeted for improvement) before and after changes in water management.

To better gauge progress on individual grants and to ensure greater consistency of project data provided by multiple grants, the Russian River Coho program has a list of metrics for grantees to use for reporting. If you do not believe an applicable metric has been provided, please contact Femke Freiberg to discuss acceptable alternatives.

To view the table of metrics, see:

Funding may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts. Funds may cover certain transaction costs associated with an acquisition (appraisals, title searches, surveys). Also, funds can be used to put in place conservation easements.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185507

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant request is $410,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Start Date: Projects should begin within six months of the award announcement date.

Project End Date: Projects should be completed within one to 24 months of the project start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include: local, state, federal, and tribal governments and agencies (e.g., townships, cities, boroughs), special districts (e.g., conservation districts, planning districts, utility districts), non-profit 501(c) organizations, schools and universities.

Ineligible use of funds:
- NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities, or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation, and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.
- Funds from this program cannot support fee title land acquisition projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal are due by Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by 8:59 PM Pacific Time.

The Review Period is May 1 - August 7, 2019. Awards will be announced on August 14, 2019.

Award payments are primarily reimbursable.

Applicants should provide non-federal match of at least $1 for every $1 of NFWF grant funds requested. Eligible non-federal matching sources can include cash, in-kind donations, and/or volunteer labor that is directly related to the project proposed for funding.

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Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Application process and online application assistance:
Kate Morgan, Coordinator, Water Investments
Phone: 202-857-2469

Programmatic priorities and project-related questions:
Femke Freiberg, Manager, California Water Programs
Phone: 415-243-3104

For issues or assistance with the Easygrants system, please contact:
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Voicemail: 202-595-2497

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1133 Fifteenth St., N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
T 202-857-0166 | F 202-857-0162

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Grape Creek, Mill Creek, Mark West Creek, Dutch Bill Creek, and Green Valley Creek watersheds.