Streamflow restoration competitive grants

Grant funding will be available statewide on a competitive basis. Grants help incentivize state and local agencies, tribal governments, and non-profit organizations to implement local watershed plans and projects. Local project needs are greater than available statewide funds, and other sources of funding beyond these grants will be needed.
In January 2019, we selected 15 projects in 11 watersheds from a statewide pool of applicants. In total, we awarded approximately $20 million.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: Approximately $20 million
  • Funding allocated:
  • Grant award limit: No set limits
  • Amount of matching funds required: No match is required.
Application information

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Start date: Oct 1, 2018
End date: Oct 31, 2018

Preparations for the next round of grant funding have begun. We anticipate publishing final grant guidance in Fall 2019. We will then hold technical assistance workshops, and we will likely begin accepting applications in the first quarter of 2020. Draft guidance is posted below for comment.

Funding cycle decisions under this 15-year grant program are guided by a rule, Chapter 173-566 WAC.

The inaugural grant cycle opened Oct. 1, 2018, and closed Oct. 31, 2018. For more information you can read:
Who's eligible Eligible project types

Additional information about this funding program

More details

Grant guidance: We are reviewing comments received on our Draft Streamflow Restoration Competitive Grants - Guidance for project applicants. The public comments received will help Ecology refine and finalize this guidance document. Once finalized, it will aid grant applicants in developing complete project proposals and provide information on completing the application process. The comments we receive will ultimately inform how we invest in projects that benefit streamflow and aquatic resources.

Funding rule: The Streamflow Restoration Funding Program (Chapter 173-566 WAC) was published on June 25, 2019. The process and criteria for funding projects statewide is determined by RCW 90.94.060.

If you have questions about the rulemaking, please contact Rebecca Inman at 360-407-6450 or