Streamflow restoration competitive grants

Our streamflow restoration competitive grants help state and local agencies, Tribal governments, and non-profit organizations implement local watershed plans and projects to improve streamflow and aquatic resources.
 
Our published guidance outlines our consistent and transparent process for awarding these grants:
 

For more information, see Streamflow Restoration.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: Up to $40,000,000
  • 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 2022 grant round will open on Nov. 2, 2021 and close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2022.

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 2022 round, priority is given to watersheds and areas specified in Streamflow Restoration law (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

Grant applicant workshops: 

We have scheduled online workshops to provide information to potential grant applicants about the process and purpose of the grants. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to ask staff questions. Visit the event page for more information and registration link:

Applicant workshop materials:

Pre-application meetings:

Potential grant applicants may request a pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed project with Ecology staff. These meetings are required for projects that have a water rights acquisition component and optional for other projects.

Eligible applicants may request a pre-application meeting now through Dec. 17, 2021. Please request your meeting at 360-407-6852 or sfrprjgrants@ecy.wa.gov.

Previous grant rounds:

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

In October 2020, we selected 21 projects in 16 watersheds from a statewide pool of 63 applicants. In total we awarded approximately $22 million.

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.