CA Fisheries Habitat Restoration - Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) Focus

California Department of Fish & Wildlife


Grant amount: Up to US $7,000,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 30, 2019 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: College / University Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

Introduction

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) through the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) is soliciting proposals for projects that restore, enhance, or protect anadromous salmonid habitat in anadromous watersheds of California or projects that lead to restoration, enhancement, or protection of anadromous salmonid habitat, as well as contribute to the objectives of the California Water Action Plan, State Wildlife Action Plan, and the fulfillment of CDFW’s Mission. There are four focuses under which funds can be awarded; this page details the following focus area:

  • Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP)

Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) Focus

The objective of the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program is to fund projects that restore, enhance, or protect anadromous salmonid habitat in anadromous watersheds of California or projects that lead to restoration, enhancement, or protection of anadromous salmonid habitat. Projects are determined to be accomplishing this objective by completing, in part or in whole, a task from a State or Federal recovery plan. 

Geographic Division for 2018 FRGP Funds

Southern California/South-Central steelhead: Up to $7 million will be available for the restoration and recovery of the Southern California and South-Central California Coast steelhead DPSs, which range from San Diego to Monterey counties.

Central California Coast (CCC) coho salmon, steelhead, and coastal Chinook salmon: Up to $7 million will be available for the restoration and recovery of CCC coho salmon and steelhead occupying streams in the San Francisco Bay area.

Northern California steelhead, coho salmon, and coastal Chinook salmon: Up to $7 million will be available for the restoration and recovery of Southern Oregon/Northern California Coastal (SONCC) coho salmon, the northern portions of California Costal Chinook salmon and Northern California steelhead.

Central Valley: Up to $3 million will be available for the restoration and recovery of Central Valley winter-run and spring-run Chinook salmon and steelhead.

If there are an insufficient number of eligible projects in each division to meet these objectives, remaining funding will be distributed to the highest scored projects statewide. Projects submitted under this Focus cannot exceed four years.

Project Types

Proposal applications will be accepted for the types of projects listed below, subject to focus criteria in Eligibility. CDFW has developed a two-letter coding system for project types. A list of these codes is shown below and described in detail in Part VI. The applicant will identify the primary project type that best describes the proposed project. Not all project types are eligible in all watersheds.

  • EF Enforcement and Protection
  • FP Fish Passage at Stream Crossings
  • HB Instream Barrier Modification for Fish Passage
  • HI Instream Habitat Restoration
  • HR Riparian Restoration
  • HS Instream Bank Stabilization
  • HU Watershed Restoration (Upslope)
  • MD Monitoring Status and Trends
  • MO Monitoring Watershed Restoration
  • OR Watershed and Regional Organization
  • PD Project Design
  • PI Public Involvement and Capacity Building (includes AmeriCorps projects)
  • PL Watershed Evaluation, Assessment, and Planning
  • RE Cooperative Rearing
  • SC Fish Screening of Diversions
  • TE Private Sector Technical Training and Education
  • WC Water Conservation Measures
  • WD Water Measuring Devices (Instream and Water Diversion)

California Monitoring Program (CMP) Projects

Through the FRGP Focus, Applicants may propose eligible projects to be funded as a California Monitoring Program Project (CMP Project). The California Monitoring Program (CMP) is a statewide monitoring program coordinated by CDFW, in partnership with National Marine Fisheries Service, the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and granting partners. It is designed to inform salmon and steelhead recovery, conservation, and management. CDFW and NOAA Fisheries developed the California Monitoring Program (CMP) to meet the monitoring needs of State and Federal recovery plans for coastal populations, incorporating statistically-sound and consistent modeling with a variety of in-river sampling and survey methods. CMP uses the framework of population abundance, productivity, spatial structure, and diversity to assess salmonid viability (Williams et al 2008). CMP protocols enable comparable analyses across the state for status and trend of salmonid population viability parameters (adult abundance, juvenile spatial distribution, productivity, and diversity), and freshwater and marine survival estimation. CMP can be used for both status and trend monitoring at multiple spatial scales (e.g., coast wide, ESU, diversity stratum). 

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Eligibility:

  • Entities eligible to apply for grants under this PSN are limited to public agencies, Native American Indian Tribes, and nonprofit organizations. 
  • There are four criteria for the FRGP Focus. All four criteria must be met in order for a proposal to be accepted for consideration under the FRGP Focus.
    • Species Criteria: Refer to “Table 1: FRGP Focus”. Not all species are eligible in all watersheds.
      • coho salmon,
      • steelhead,
      • Chinook salmon.
    • Geographic Criteria:
      • The proposed project must be within one of the listed focus HUC Watersheds in Table 1 (Area listed in the “Watershed” column in table 1).
      • There are restrictions in some watersheds; refer to the ”Criteria Detail” column in Table 1.
      • Maps of the watersheds in Table 1 can be found on the FRGP PSN webpage by “Map Number”.
        • These maps are a guideline to help locate your project within a watershed. Focus determination for a project will be based on Table 1, not on the maps.
      • Map 1 (which follows Table 1) gives a general overview of the geographic area covered by the FRGP Focus.
    • Project Type Criteria:
      • The proposed project must meet the requirements for one of the project types listed in Table 1.
      • Not all project types are eligible in all watersheds.
    • Recovery or Restoration Criteria:
      • To assist in the recovery of CESA and ESA listed coho salmon, steelhead, and Chinook salmon populations and their habitat in California, the proposed project must address one task in one of the eight recovery plans listed here
  • CMP Project Criteria
    • The four additional criteria for the CMP Projects are listed below. All four criteria must be met in order for a proposal to be accepted for consideration a CMP Project.
      • Species Criteria:
        • Steelhead
        • Coho Salmon
        • California Coastal Chinook Salmon
        • Sacramento winter-run Chinook Salmon
        • Central Valley spring-run Chinook Salmon
        • Priority populations or their watersheds are listed in Table 2 and Map 2.
          • Population estimates at larger scales (e.g., coast wide, ESU, diversity stratum) also must include one or more streams from this priority list.
          • Monitoring data informing NOAA Fisheries 5 year status reviews are a high priority.
          • For watersheds in Monterey County south to the Mexican border, steelhead are the species of focus.
          • Also, for streams opening into San Francisco Bay, steelhead are the focal species.
          • From Santa Cruz County to the Oregon border, one to three species are the focus and Coho Salmon is the greatest priority.
          • For streams in the Central Valley, Central valley Steelhead, winter-run Chinook Salmon and spring-run Chinook Salmon are the focus species.
          • Please review the table and maps carefully to know which watersheds and species are eligible for status and trend grant applications.
      • Geographic Criteria:
        • Projects located within watersheds covered by the CMP locations are eligible for funding, see Table 2.
          • List the watershed from Table 2 when asked for the “Focus Watershed System”.
        • Map 2 is a guideline to help locate your project within a watershed, focus determination for a project will be based on Table 2, not on the map.
      • Project Type Criteria: Only one project type per proposal may be selected and only from the list below.
        • MD Monitoring Status and Trends
      • Objective Criteria:
        • Proposals for CMP Projects should use protocols from the California Fish and Game Fish Bulletin 180: California Coastal Salmonid Population Monitoring: Strategy, Design, and Methods (2011) (Fish Bulletin 180).
        • For Central Valley watersheds, proposals should use protocols from the following Steelhead and Chinook Salmon monitoring plans: A Comprehensive Monitoring Plan for Steelhead in the California Central Valley. The Resources Agency: Department of Fish and Game: Fisheries Branch Administrative Report Number: 2010–2 (Eilers et al 2010b); and Central Valley Chinook Salmon In-River Escapement Monitoring Plan (Bergman 2012).
        • If other protocols are proposed that are not specifically described in Bulletin 180, Eilers et al 2010b, and Bergman (2012), and the proposal demonstrates that the proposed protocols are consistent with the aforementioned protocols, then the proposed protocols may be used.
        • The applicant must list and reference the protocols, demonstrate that the protocols are consistent with the respective monitoring plan, explain why the protocols were selected, and indicate if CDFW has been consulted.
        • These details must be included in the application and are the responsibility of the applicant.

Ineligibility:

  • Grant proposals from private individuals or for-profit enterprises will not be accepted. 
  • No project that is a required mitigation or used for mitigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Endangered Species Act (CESA), Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Forest Practices Act (FPA) or Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) will be considered for funding.
  • No project that is under an enforcement action by a regulatory agency will be considered for funding.