Coastal Protection Fund - Terry Husseman Grants additional information

This funding opportunity is limited to the Terry Husseman Account (THA). THA grants support locally sponsored on-the-ground projects to restore or enhance the natural environment. Typical projects address water quality issues and fish and wildlife habitat protection or enhancement in or adjacent to waters of the state, (i.e., streams, lakes, wetlands, or the ocean). To be considered, a project must provide primary benefits to public resources (land or water stewardship) and affiliated infrastructure.

Evaluation and scoring criteria

Category Points (out of 50)
Project outcomes 10
Deliverables 5
Project schedule 5
Budget 5
Readiness to proceed 5
Leveraged funds and resources 5
Broad, local support 5
Implementation of planning efforts 10


Limitations on use of grant funds

We do not provide staff assistance for project development or design. Those responsibilities belong to the grant recipient. Any technical assistance needs must be identified and included in the project proposal / budget or other available financial or in-kind resources.

Grant funds may be used only to cover direct cost objects of employees working to implement the project itself or when there are extraordinary project costs that are not part of routine operations.  Grant funds cannot be used for regular cost objects not directly associated with the project, such as salaries/benefits, of permanent employees for routine operational support.


The Washington State Legislature created the Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) as a non-appropriated revolving fund to pay for projects that:

  • Restore or enhance environmental, recreational, archaeological, or aesthetic resources for the benefit of Washington’s citizens.
  • Investigate the long-term effects of oil spills.
  • Develop and implement aquatic land geographic information systems.

Within our agency, the account is divided into the Spills sub-accounts (Natural Resource Damage Assessments and the John Bernhardt Account) and the Water Quality sub-account, known as the Terry Husseman Account (THA). Payments from penalties issued for water quality violations of the Water Pollution Control Act are deposited into the THA. The account’s purpose is to honor the past contributions and successes of Mr. Husseman in the field of environmental management.