Streamflow restoration competitive grants

The application period for the second round of our streamflow restoration competitive grants is open. The application period has been extended. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Apr. 30, 2020. Grant funding will be available statewide on a competitive basis. We've published new guidance that outlines our consistent and transparent process for awarding these grants:
Our streamflow restoration competitive grants will help state and local agencies, tribal governments, and non-profit organizations implement local plans and projects to improve streamflow and aquatic resources. 

In January 2019, we selected 16 projects in 11 watersheds from a statewide pool of applicants. In total, we awarded approximately $20 million. For more information, see Streamflow Restoration.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: Up to $22,000,000
  • Funding allocated:
  • Grant award limit: No limit
  • Amount of matching funds required: None

Applications are currently being accepted.

We are accepting applications between:

Start date: Jan 30, 2020
End date: Apr 30, 2020

We have published our final streamflow restoration grant guidance, and we have now extended the application deadline due to some technical problems with our grant application system. We will be accepting applications until 5 p.m. on Apr. 30, 2020.  At this time, we are prioritizing required pre-application meetings and cannot guarantee that last minute requests will be met.

Extension applies only to 2020 grant deadline:

This announcement pertains solely and exclusively to the establishment of the revised deadline of 5 p.m. on April 30, 2020 for Streamflow Restoration Competitive Grants. This extension does not impact any other activities, including any other state or federal grant program or the planning work being conducted under Chapter 90.94 RCW.

Funding is available for the following entities:

Eligible applicants are limited to tribal governments with reservation lands or treaty rights within Washington, public entities (state and local governments and quasi-governments), and non-profit organizations.

Funding is available statewide, but priority is given to watersheds and areas specified in Streamflow Restoration (Chapter 90.94 RCW). Projects that would quantitatively improve streamflows are the highest single priority factor for funding in this grant round.
Eligible projects include water right acquisitions, water storage, altered water management or infrastructure, riparian and fish habitat improvements, watershed function, environmental monitoring, and feasibility studies.
Operation and maintenance costs are not eligible under this funding source. 

More information about this funding program

Pre-application meetings:

Pre-application meetings are an opportunity for potential applicants to discuss the details of their project with our staff before submitting an application. These meetings are required for projects that have a water right acquisition component and optional for any other project. If needed, we will prioritize required pre-application meetings over optional meetings. We will do our best to meet requests, as our regional staff capacity allows.  See guidance for additional details.
To request a required pre-application meeting for projects with a water right acquisition component, please email Please include potential meeting dates and times.
To request a pre-application meeting for other project types or for general inquiries, please email Please include potential meeting dates and times.

Grant applicant workshops: 

We hosted a series of grant applicant workshops between Nov. 2019 and Jan. 2020. These workshops provided information to potential grant applicants about the process and purpose of the grants. The workshops were held in Bellevue, Spokasne, Union Gap, and Lacey. We also held one webinar.

Funding rule:

The Streamflow Restoration Funding rule (Chapter 173-566 WAC) was adopted on June 25, 2019, providing the process and criteria for funding projects statewide under RCW 90.94.060.