Freshwater algae control grant program

Toxic algae blooms can make people, pets and livestock sick. We offer a funding program to address problem blooms. The Freshwater Algae Program (FAP) has an annual funding cycle for projects to manage toxic algae blooms (cyanobacteria). 

We distribute a public announcement about the funding cycle and the amount of money available approximately 30 days prior to the start of the application period.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: Ranges from $100,000 to $200,000
  • Grant award limit: The maximum grant amount for freshwater algae program grants is $50,000 ($66,667 total eligible project cost).
  • Amount of matching funds required: 25 percent local match

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Applications were accepted between October 24, 2023 and December 14, 2023

Applications are started, completed, and submitted via Ecology's Administration of Grants and Loans (EAGL) system. 

Funding is available for the following entities:

Eligible public bodies:

  • State agencies
  • Counties & cities
  • Special purpose districts
  • Tribes

Eligible activities include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Education and outreach
  • Freshwater algae control and management
  • Freshwater algae management plans
  • Freshwater algae monitoring programs
  • Freshwater algae pilot projects
  • Freshwater algae research
  • Freshwater algae sampling equipment
  • Nutrient reduction activities

Priority is given to lakes in which harmful freshwater algae have occurred within the past three years.

More information about this funding program

Grant applications will be accepted starting October 24, 2023, until December 14 2023, for the Fiscal Year 2024 funding cycle.

For the Fiscal Year 2023 funding cycle:

For the Fiscal Year 2021 funding cycle:

For the Fiscal Year 2019 funding cycle: