Coastal Protection Fund – Terry Husseman Account Grants

Terry Husseman Account (THA) grants support locally-sponsored projects that restore or enhance the environment. Typical projects address:

  • Water quality issues.
  • Fish and wildlife protection or enhancement in or adjacent to waters of the state, such as streams, lakes, wetlands, or the ocean.

To be considered, projects must provide primary benefits to public resources (land or water stewardship) and affiliated infrastructure.

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Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: Variable. Funding awards depend on revenue from water quality penalties and available regional sub-account levels.
  • Grant award limit: Grant awards are up to a maximum of $50,000. The typical grant award ranges from $10,000 to $25,000.
  • Amount of matching funds required: There are no recipient match or cost-share requirements, since THA grants provide 100% of project Total Eligible Cost. THA grants also can help meet match requirements for other state grants.

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Date Program Milestones
Jan. 2, 2024  EAGL application opens
Feb. 6, 2024 EAGL application closes**
Feb. 8 - Feb. 9, 2024 Application screening
Feb. 12 - March 12, 2024 Application evaluation period
April 2024 Funding decision email notices are sent to applicants
April 2024 Award letters are sent to recipients
April - May 2024 Agreements are negotiated and written
May 2024 Agreements start date
Varies depending on project
(12 to 18 months after start date)
Agreements end date

** Applications for an Environmental Emergency or Statewide Significance may be submitted at any time. Before applying, please reach out to the Grant Program Administrators for project eligibility. To be considered, projects must provide primary benefits to public resources (land or water stewardship) and affiliated infrastructure.

Funding is available for the following entities:

Eligible applicants:  

  • Washington counties, cities, and towns
  • Federally recognized Tribal governments
  • State agencies
  • Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEG)*
  • Special Purpose Districts:
    • Conservation Districts
    • Ports
    • Public Utility Districts

Private entities and non-profit organizations are not eligible to receive THA funding* (with the exception of RFEGs). However, they may partner with eligible applicants to provide more financial support in addition to the THA grant.

Projects that restore or enhance the natural environment.

Eligible project types:

  • Riparian restoration
  • Aquatic land geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Wetland restoration
  • Stream bank stabilization
  • Fish and wildlife habitat enhancement
  • Livestock exclusion fencing

Ineligible project types:

  • Watershed planning
  • Research and data gathering
  • Species Management (not habitat management)
  • Land use/stormwater management planning
  • Environmental monitoring

More information about this funding program

Project proposal evaluations and grant award decisions

Project proposals are evaluated and considered for funding by each region. Grant award decisions are based on the following evaluation criteria with a total of 60 possible points:

  • Project Outcomes (10 points)
  • Deliverables (5 points)
  • Budget (5 points)
  • Project schedule (5 points)
  • Leveraged funds and resources (5 points)
  • Broad, local support (10 points)
  • Readiness to proceed (5 points)
  • Implementation of planning efforts (5 points)
  • Environmental Justice (5 points)
  • Climate Change (5 points)

For more information regarding the evaluation and scoring, see "Table 3, Project scoring criteria" in the THA 2024 Funding Guidelines. Before you begin filling out the application form, we recommend you contact the appropriate Regional Fund Coordinator listed below by email or telephone.