ESRP Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program


$15.7 million


Grant Limit



Match Requirement

30 percent


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

Restoration and Protection Program Schedule

December 7, 2022 - July 12, 2024

Release Restoration and Protection Grants RFP

Restoration and Protection RFP 2025-27

December 7, 2023 

Informational Webinar

View Recorded Webinar Here

November 28, 2023 

Register for Site Visits

February 8, 2024 

Pre-Proposals Due in PRISM

February 8, 2024 

Pre-Proposal Site Visits

March 4, 2024 - March 29, 2024

Applicants invited to submit Full Proposals

April 8, 2024 

Full Applications and Portfolio Applications Due

May 22, 2024 

Applicant's Presentations and Techincal Review

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Learning (Pre-Design) Program Schedule

December 7, 2023 - July 18, 2024

Release Learning Program RFP

Learning Program RFP 2025-27

December 7, 2023 

Informational Webinar

View Recorded Webinar Here

November 28, 2023 

Pre-Proposals Due in PRISM

February 8, 2024 

Pre-Proposal Review Meeting

March 1, 2024 

Applicants invited to submit Full Proposals

April 4, 2023 

Applicant Presentations to Reviewers

May 6, 2024 - May 7, 2024

Final Applications Due in PRISM

June 13, 2024 

Technical Review Meetings

July 17, 2024 - July 18, 2024

Small Grants Program Schedule

November 1, 2023 - April 24, 2024

Release Small Grants RFP

Small Grants RFP 2025-27

November 1, 2023 

Informational Webinar

View Recorded Webinar Here

November 28, 2023 

Pre-Proposals due in PRISM

December 4, 2023 

Small Grants Virtual Site Visits (required)

December 11, 2023 - December 14, 2023

Applicants invited to submit Full Proposals

December 15, 2023 

Final Applications Due in PRISM

February 21, 2024 

Technical Review Meetings

April 11, 2024 - April 12, 2024

Questions from reviewers provided to applicants

April 17, 2024 

Applicants' response to reviewer questions due

April 24, 2024 

Shore Friendly Program Schedule

January 17, 2024 - June 13, 2024

Release Shore Friendly Grants RFP

January 17, 2024 

Optional Pre-Proposal Support

Applicants may schedule thirty-minute application consultations by emailing Jenna Jewett at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

January 18, 2024 - January 25, 2024

Optional Pre-Proposal Support: Live Q&A Session

9-11 a.m., Register Here

January 22, 2024 

Publish FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions will be published to the RCO and WDFW ESRP Shore Friendly websites. All questions must be emailed to Jenna Jewett by January 26.

February 2, 2024 

Pre-Proposals Due in PRISM

February 15, 2024 

Applicants invited to submit Full Proposals

March 8, 2024 

Applicant Presentations to Reviewers

April 22, 2024 - April 24, 2024

Final Applications Due in PRISM

May 15, 2024 

Technical Review Week

June 10, 2024 - June 13, 2024

All Programs

November 1, 2023 - July 1, 2025

Preliminary 25-27 ESRP Investment Plan Released

October 1, 2024 

Grants Become Available

July 1, 2025 

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 two 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.

This grant program also may be supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act. The Act supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the Climate Commitment Act is available at See a list of projects proposed for funding through the Act.

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