OR Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program Mini-Grants

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Next deadline: Mar 6, 2020 5:00pm PST

Later deadlines: Aug 21, 2020 5:00pm PDT, Nov 1, 2020 4:00pm PST

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

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

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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NOTE: To apply for a mini-grant, STEP 1 is to contact your local STEP biologist and STAC member to discuss and refine your proposal. Your application must be reviewed and signed by both your local STEP biologist and STAC member. Make sure to leave enough time to obtain signatures before the submission deadline. 

The STEP Advisory Committee (STAC) Mini-Grant Program provides up to $2,000 for projects that further the goals and objectives of STEP or are conducted as part of a STEP project.

The grant program is administered by the Salmon and Trout Advisory Committee (STAC), which approves the grant proposals at its quarterly meetings. The mini-grant program is funded through a $50,000 biennial grant from the ODFW Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program.

Grant categories

To be eligible for a mini-grant, projects should fall into one of these categories: 

  • Habitat restoration
  • Education
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Fish culture

The proposed project shall further the goals of STEP, which are to: 

  • Provide the greatest possible opportunity for citizen participation in achieving the Department’s management objectives; 
  • Rehabilitate and enhance natural habitat for salmon and trout;
  • Rehabilitate and enhance populations of salmon and trout; and
  • Support and promote an education program to increase the public’s understanding of Oregon’s aquatic resources and the environment. 

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


  • Mini-Grant funds (if approved) will be provided on a reimbursement basis only.
    • Invoices, credit card receipts, and other proof-of-purchase documents are adequate for reimbursement.
  • This program receives federal financial assistance in Sport Fish Restoration and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability.


  • Preference will be given to proposals with strong matching funds and that encourage development of partnerships and use of volunteers.
    • Matching funds should be applicable to the project described. 
  • Preference will be given to proposals that encourage the development of partnerships. 


  • Ineligible expenses
    • Except in certain circumstances, the following expenses are not usually funded: 
      • Ongoing expenses 
      • Travel costs (e.g. mileage, fuel, vehicle rental)
      • Staff time or administrative costs
  • For internal (ODFW) proposals:
    • STAC Mini-Grants are not intended to supplement ODFW:
      • equipment needs,
      • travel expenses, or
      • other ongoing expenses not directly related to STEP activities.
  • For external (non-ODFW) proposals:
    • STAC Mini-Grants are not appropriate for:
      • ongoing expenses and (in most cases) travel costs, e.g. mileage, fuel, vehicle rental.
    • STAC Mini-Grants may not be used to cover staff time or administrative costs.
  • For repeat applicants, funds will not be approved for individuals or organizations with incomplete reports for work under previous grants.
  • Funds will not be allocated prior to the work being conducted.