ESRP Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program


$15.7 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

Request for Projects

Restoration and Protection Projects and Regional Pre-Design Projects

March 6, 2020 

Request for Proposals Published on WDFW website

Small Grants Program

March 19, 2020 

Grant Competition Informational Webinar

Webinar Recording

March 24, 2020 

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Intent to Submit Due to ESRP Staff

Small Grants Program

E-mail Jenna Jewett and provide intent to submit and project location

April 1, 2020 

Pre-proposal Due through PRISM Online

Restoration and Protection Projects

NotifyJay Krienitz by April 1 with intention to submit.

April 15, 2020 *extended due to PRISM outage

Pre-proposals Due through PRISM Online

Small Grants Program

April 15, 2020 

Pre-proposals Due via E-mail

Regional Pre-design Projects

E-mail Tish Conway-Cranos with the subject "Learning Pre-proposal"

April 27, 2020 

Pre-proposal Site Visits with ESRP Team

Restoration and Protection Projects and Small Grants Program

April 27, 2020 - May 22, 2020

Initial Review Complete

Regional Pre-design Projects
Invitation to Submit Full Proposal

May 20, 2020 

Presentations to Review Team

Regional Pre-design Projects

June 17, 2020 - June 18, 2020

Full Proposals Due through PRISM Online

Small Grants Program

June 25, 2020 11:59 PM PST

Full proposal Due

Restoration and Protection Projects

July 23, 2020 

Sponsor Presentations

Small Grants Program

July 28, 2020 - July 29, 2020

Full Proposals Due

Regional Pre-design Projects

August 4, 2020 

Applicant Presentation

Restoration and Protection Projects

August 17, 2020 - August 21, 2020

2021-23 ESRP Preliminary Investment Plan Submitted

Funding Dependent on the 2021-2023 State Budget

September 30, 2020 Estimate

Anticipated Contract Start

July 1, 2021 

Grant Award History

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

Application Resources


Check out some videos:

Northwest Straits Foundation’s Shore Friendly Living Series
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.

Project Management Resources

PRISM Information and Training
Acquisition Toolkit