Streamflow restoration competitive 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.
The application period for the second round of our streamflow restoration competitive grants has closed. Grant funding was awarded statewide on a competitive basis. Our published guidance outlines our consistent and transparent process for awarding these grants:
Please check this page for future grant round announcements. 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 not being accepted at this time.

We are accepting applications between:

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

The application period for the 2020 grant round has closed. Applications were accepted between Jan. 30, 2020 and Apr. 30, 2020.

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. For the 2020 round, priority is given to watersheds and areas specified in Streamflow Restoration (Chapter 90.94 RCW). Projects that 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:

We are not conducting pre-application meetings at this time. 

We held 49 pre-application meetings from Nov. 1, 2019 to Apr. 30, 2020. These meetings were an opportunity for potential applicants to discuss details of their project with our staff before submitting a final application. These meetings were required for projects that have a water rights acquisition component and optional for other projects.

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, Spokane, 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.

General inquiries:

For general inquiries about the grant program, please email: