ESRP Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program


$10 million


Grant Limit



Match Requirement



This program provides grants and technical assistance for projects that restore and conserve near-shore areas in Puget Sound. The goal is to ensure Washington's estuaries, bays, and shorelines are intact, functioning, and resilient to climate change.

This grant program is managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife with RCO administering the grants.

For details, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's Web site.

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

Applicant Webinar

March 1, 2020 Estimate

Pre-proposal Due

April 1, 2020 Estimate

Register for Pre-application Site Visit

April 1, 2020 Estimate

Pre-application Site Visit

April 14, 2020 - May 16, 2020 Estimate

Applicant Presentation

Except Regional Pre-Design Projects

August 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020 Estimate

Applicant Presentation

Regional Pre-Design Projects

October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020 Estimate

Full Proposal Due

July 20, 2020 Estimate

Preliminary Investment Plan Submitted

Funding dependent on the 2021-2023 state budget

September 30, 2020 Estimate

Grant Award History

Most recent grants and evaluation results, listed by the application year.

Application Resources


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Project Celebrations


  • Restoration and Protection Grants: This grant program focuses on protecting and restoring the natural processes that create and sustain the near-shore ecosystem. The intent is to regain some of the natural services that have been lost as a result of more than a century of human development in the region.
  • Small Grants: This grant program has similar goals as the Restoration and Protection program with a focus on local engagement. Projects are eligible to receive awards between $30,000 and $150,000. At least $500,000 is available each biennium for the program.
  • Regional Pre-Design: This grant program, also known as the Learning Program, was developed to direct future investments by investigating outcomes at a regional or ecosystem scale and informing construction siting and design. The projects help us understand how we can improve the effectiveness of habitat restoration in Puget Sound. Funding for these projects is 10 percent of the total ESRP award.
  • Shore Friendly: New to the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program in 2019, this grant program funds local programs that provide stewardship incentives to landowners to create healthy shorelines. More information is on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Shore Friendly Web page. 

Typical Projects

  • Protecting near-shore and wetland habitat
  • Restoring salmon habitat
  • Removing or breaching dikes
  • Removing bulkheads
  • Completing feasibility studies and designs
  • Decommissioning roads and removing fill

Who May Apply?

  • Federal agencies
  • Local agencies
  • Native American tribes
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Private institutions
  • State agencies
  • Universities and colleges


Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program funding is awarded every 2 years.

The Washington State Legislature provides the majority of the funding through the sale of bonds. Additional funding has come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Grant Limits

The Small Grants program funds projects from $30,000 to $150,000.  The other programs do not have grant limits.

Match Details

Match may be in cash or in-kind services and must be incurred during the award period. Some of this match must be from non-state funds.

Eligible Projects

All projects must be in Puget Sound, east of Cape Flattery.

  • Acquisition
  • Design
  • Feasibility studies
  • Regional feasibility and predesign projects
  • Restoration

Ineligible Projects

Projects that primarily provide recreational access or remediate chemical contamination are not eligible as stand-alone projects; however these activities may be eligible components of larger efforts. Grants will not be awarded for work that relieves obligatory payment or mitigation requirements.

Long-term Commitment

Any land acquired with Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program grants must be managed forever for the purposes stated in the grant agreement at the time of purchase. Grant recipients must submit a stewardship plan that identifies how the site and restoration investment is to be protected over time.

Restoration projects must be operated and maintained for 10 years after construction is completed.