Watershed protection & restoration grants

Puget Sound is one of 28 estuaries of national significance as designated by the National Estuary Program (NEP). Under this program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) receives federal funding to support local efforts to protect and restore Puget Sound. These funds are used for financial assistance to state, local, and tribal governments for their efforts to implement the Puget Sound Action Agenda.

In January 2011, EPA selected the Washington departments of Ecology and Commerce to receive a grant for watershed protection and restoration. This established a six-year grant program under which the state agencies receive annual allotments from EPA and pass through a large part of the funding as sub awards to other entities such as local governments.

Our primary goal is to protect and restore ecosystem processes, structures, and functions, within a watershed context. This program has received a total of approximately $23.9 million.

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  • Grant award limit: Not applicable
  • Amount of matching funds required: Not applicable
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More information about this funding program

Original 2015 Funding Guidelines

2018 Funding Program Guidelines Addendum
Ecology is issuing an addendum to our 2015 solicitation for grants under the NEP Watershed Protection and Restoration Grant Program. The grant opportunity outlined in that original solicitation was a multi-phased approach to investing in the development of reach-scale strategies and implementation of protection and associated restoration projects for riparian zones in agricultural landscapes of the Puget Sound basin.

In our original funding guidelines, we stated that “Ecology may choose to increase select awards for high quality reach-scale implementation plans and acquisition opportunities.” This addendum to the grant guidelines describes our process for allocating additional implementation funds under this solicitation.