Salmon Recovery and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office

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Next anticipated deadline: Oct 14, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 29, 2021 12:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Fields of work: Habitat & Ecosystem Restoration Land/Habitat Conservation

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Washington

Location of residency: Washington

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  • Lead entities must submit requests for site visits by the 'Pre-Proposal' deadline.
  • At least 2 weeks before the site visit, applicants  submit a complete application in PRISM.
  • Full applications are due by 'Full Proposal' deadline.  
Salmon recovery grants are used to restore degraded salmon habitat and protect existing, high-quality habitat. These twin activities are aimed at increasing the amount and overall health of the places salmon live, which will increase the number of salmon.
Projects may include the actual habitat used by salmon and the land and water that support processes important to salmon.
Some of the money for salmon recovery is targeted at helping salmon in Puget Sound. Restoring the health of Puget Sound–our nation’s second largest estuary–is a priority for the State and nation. In 2007, the Legislature created the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) program to help implement the most important habitat protection and restoration priorities. PSAR is co-managed with the Puget Sound Partnership.

The grant program for both salmon recovery and PSAR grants are run together and generally have the same requirements. Applicants must demonstrate how their projects address the goals and actions defined in the regional recovery plans or lead entity strategies. The grant cycles consist of steps required both by the local lead entity and RCO. Lead entities are watershed-based groups that develop and implement strategies to restore salmon habitat. Lead entities establish their own schedules not on this Web site for required grant cycle steps including site visits, rating, and ranking.

Typical Projects
  • Replacing barriers to fish migration
  • Replanting stream banks
  • Removing dikes, levees, and shoreline armoring
  • Installing logjams to slow rivers and create habitat
  • Restoring estuaries
  • Buying pristine habitat
  • Completing designs for future projects
Eligible Projects
  • Acquisition including the purchase of land, perpetual conservation easements, or water rights.
  • Restoration
    • In-stream fish passage
    • In-stream water diversion
    • In-stream and floodplain habitat
    • Upland riparian habitat
    • Estuarine and marine near-shore
  • Planning projects
    • Conceptual, preliminary, or final design projects
    • Assessments and inventories
  • Combination projects include elements of two or more project types (restoration, acquisition, and planning).

Match Details

A 15 percent match is required. No match is required for design-only projects. requesting $200,000 or less. Match may include the following:

  • Appropriations or cash
  • Bonds
  • Donations of cash, land, labor, services, equipment use, and materials
  • Other grants
  • Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials

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


  • Who can apply: 
    • Local agencies
    • Special purpose districts, such as port, park and recreation, conservation, and school districts
    • State agencies
    • Native American Tribes
    • Private landowners
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • Regional fisheries enhancement groups


  • Ineligible Projects
    • Capital facilities and public works projects
    • Effectiveness monitoring
    • Hatchery, harvest, and hydropower activities
    • Mitigation projects
    • Property acquisition through eminent domain or leasing
    • For a comprehensive list of ineligible projects, see Manual 18.