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 funding guidelines outline our consistent and transparent process for awarding these grants:

For more information, visit Streamflow Restoration.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: Up to $40,000,000 available per biennium
  • 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: Nov 2, 2021
End date: Feb 1, 2022

The application period is closed. Please check this page for future grant announcements. 

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 nonprofit organizations. Funding is available statewide.

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 resources 

We held three online workshops in October and November 2021 to provide information to potential grant applicants about the process and purpose of the grants. You can view workshop materials below:

Previous grant rounds

In October 2022, we selected 26 projects in 22 watersheds from a statewide pool of 57 applicants. In total, we awarded approximately $35 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.

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

Funding rule

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