OR Restoration and Enhancement Grants

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)

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Next deadline: Jul 12, 2020

Later deadlines: Feb 23, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Fields of work: Fisheries Sport Fishing

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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What is the Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Program?

It’s your angling license dollars at work improving Oregon’s fisheries through grants that provide between two and three million dollars a year to fishery restoration and enhancement projects throughout Oregon. Since its establishment in 1989, R&E has provided over $50 million to fishery projects throughout Oregon!

Where does the funding go?

Funding is used to increase recreational fishing opportunities and improve commercial salmon fisheries 

  • Increase recreational fishing opportunities
  • Improve commercial salmon fisheries by restoring state-owned fish hatcheries
  • Enhancing natural fish production
  • Expanding hatchery production
  • Providing additional public access to fishing waters.
Where does the funding come from?

The Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) program is funded from a dedicated surcharge on recreational and commercials permits and licenses.

Revenue for the program is generated by a dedicated surcharge on sport fishing licenses along with revenues from commercial gill­netting and troll fishing permits fees. A poundage fee on all commercial salmon and steelhead landings is also dedicated to the program.

Types of Projects

Types of projects considered to be appropriate for funding by the R&E Program include, but are not necessarily limited to the following (See full details here).

Enhancement Projects (ORS 496.289(7)(a))

The enhancement program focuses on projects to increase fish production (either hatchery or natural production), increasing recreational or commercial angling opportunities or access to the fish resource, or improving fish management capabilities.

  • Angler access: Improvement or creation of sites that allow anglers or commercial fishers access to fisheries (e.g., boat ramps, docks, trails, new ponds).
  • New fishways and screens: Installing new fishways or screens at locations that historically have not had them.
  • Habitat: Improvements to fish habitat that directly or rapidly benefit fish by addressing items such as limiting factors, which include fish carcass placement, fish passage, habitat modification, and others.
  • New hatchery equipment and technology: Hatchery equipment upgrades increase the effectiveness and efficiencies of, or reduces the impacts of, hatchery operations. Can include:
    • Short-term rearing programs for fish harvest,
    • Rearing programs for rehabilitation of wild fish populations (e.g., conservation propagation, short-term supplementation of depleted populations), and
    • Updated hatchery practices intended to achieve both conservation and utilization of fish resources (e.g., terminal fisheries, acclimation ponds, broodstock improvement).
  • Aquatic Inventories: Studies that characterize populations, habitat, or the effectiveness of other projects in order to create, maintain, or enhance fish populations and therefore fishing opportunities. Includes collecting information on the physical and biological characteristics of stream, lakes, or estuaries or information on recreational or commercial use of fisheries
  • Public Education: Literature, demonstrations, or displays for fishermen or landowners regarding fish, fishing, or habitat. The goal should be to increase Oregonian’s connection to, and use of, fishery resources of this state.
Restoration Projects (ORS 496.289(7)(b))

The restoration program focuses on Department projects to replace fish liberation equipment, repair fish hatcheries, and repair fish passage facilities and screens.

  • Modification of existing fishways and existing screens: Rehabilitate, restore, or modify existing fishways and screens to maintain safe and effective passage and screening.
  • Hatchery restoration: Rehabilitate, restore, or modify existing hatchery facilities to maintain safe and effective hatchery operation and production levels.
  • Liberation equipment: Rehabilitate, restore, replace, or provide equipment for fish liberation.
Other Projects

In addition to the project types above the R&E Board has expressed an interest in supporting projects that include:

  • Grassroots fishing organizations: Groups such as Salmon & Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) and other local fishing organizations.
  • Multiple partners and funding sources: R&E is interested in partnering to make larger projects possible.
  • New fishing: Creating new fishing opportunities
  • Salmonids: Supporting salmonid fisheries
  • Diversified species fisheries: Supporting species that have diversified environments, including saltwater, warm water, and lakes.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who Can Apply
    • Any public, private non-profit organization may request funds to implement fish restoration or enhancement projects which relate to the goals of the R&E Program. 
      • Private non-profit organizations must have tax-exempt status - 501(c)(3). 
      • Example of organizations that have to applied for funding are:
        • sport or commercial fishing groups,
        • STEP groups,
        • school districts,
        • federal, state or local agencies,
        • port districts,
        • Watershed Councils, and 
        • Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
  • Projects Eligible for Funding
    • The R&E Program grants are available to projects throughout the state that benefit recreational and/or commercial fisheries.


  • While match or cost share is not required, preference may be given to projects with higher levels of match and multiple community and funding partners.
  • Although not required, applicants are encouraged to attend the Board meetings to answer any questions the Board might have. If unable to attend the meetings, it is a good idea for applicants to be available by phone in case the Board has any questions.


  • Proposals that are inconsistent with the intent of the Act, use inappropriate methods, are not biologically sound, are inconsistent with local land use plans, or violate Department policies or management plans will be disqualified.
  • R&E is a reimbursement based grant program and does not provide up front funding.