SALMON - PSAR Salmon Recovery and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration


$124.5 million


Grant Limit



Match Requirement



Salmon recovery grants are used to restore degraded salmon habitat and protect existing, high quality habitat. These twin activities are aimed at increasing the amount and overall health of the places salmon live, which will increase the number of salmon.

Projects may include the actual habitat used by salmon and the land and water that support processes important to salmon.

Some of the money for salmon recovery is targeted at helping salmon in Puget Sound. Restoring the health of Puget Sound–our nation’s second largest estuary–is a priority for the State and nation. In 2007, the Legislature created the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) program to help implement the most important habitat protection and restoration priorities. PSAR is co-managed by the Puget Sound Partnership and RCO.

The grant program for both salmon recovery grants and PSAR grants are run together and generally have the same requirements. Differences will be noted below.

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

Full Grant Schedule

Full Grant Schedule

January 1, 2020 

Request SRFB Review Panel Site Visit

October 14, 2019 

Application Due

June 29, 2020 Applications due by noon.

RCO and SRFB Review Panel Review Projects

June 29, 2020 - July 14, 2020

Applicants Receive Final Project Comments

July 29, 2020 

Lead Entities Submits Final Ranked List

August 14, 2020 

Regions Submit Funding Recommendations

August 21, 2020 

Final Grant Report Available for Public Review

September 2, 2020 

Board Funding Meeting

September 16, 2020 - September 17, 2020

Grant Award History

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

Application Resources

Grant Manual


Project Celebrations

2019 Funding Report

Salmon Recovery Regional Summaries

Typical Projects

  • Replacing barriers to fish migration
  • Replanting stream banks
  • Removing dikes, levees, and shoreline armoring
  • Installing logjams to slow rivers and create habitat
  • Restoring estuaries
  • Buying pristine habitat
  • Completing designs for future projects

Who May Apply?

  • Local agencies
  • Special purpose districts, such as port, park and recreation, conservation, and school districts
  • State agencies
  • Native American Tribes
  • Private landowners
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Regional fisheries enhancement groups


Funding is awarded annually. Funding comes from the sale of state general obligation bonds and the federal Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund.

Grant Limits

Applicants may request any amount greater than $5,000. For design-only projects without match, applicants may not request more than $200,000.

Match Details

A 15 percent match is required. No match is required for design-only projects. Match may include the following:

  • Appropriations or cash
  • Bonds
  • Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment use, and materials
  • Other grants
  • Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials

Planning Requirement

Applicants must demonstrate how their projects address the goals and actions defined in the regional recovery plans or lead entity strategies.

For full details, read the grant manual.

Eligible Projects

Acquisition including the purchase of land, access, or other property rights in fee title or less-than-fee.


  • In-stream passage
  • In-stream diversion
  • In-stream and stream-side habitat
  • Upland habitat
  • Estuarine and marine near-shore

Non-capital projects

Design-only projects

Combination projects (acquisition projects that include either restoration elements or assessments and studies.

Ineligible Projects

  • Capital facilities and public works projects, such as sewer treatment facilities, surface water and stormwater management systems, and water supply systems
  • Construction or purchase of buildings, land or indoor facilities not essential to the functions or operation and maintenance of the grand-funded site. Acquired buildings must be removed.
  • Converting from septic to sewage treatment systems
  • Effectiveness monitoring costs associated with a project
  • Fish hatcheries, net pens, artificial rearing facilities, remote site incubation systems, and supplementation
  • Fish harvest and harvest management activities. Fishing license buy-back.
  • Forest practices covered by the Forest Practices Act or the Forest and Fish Agreement, except when they are on small, private forested lands with minimal logging
  • Indirect organizational cost or costs to apply for a Salmon Recovery Funding Board grant
  • Lobbying, legislative activities
  • Mitigation projects, activities, or funds
  • Mitigation when part of a federally approved habitat conservation plan for incidental take of endangered or threatened species
  • Monitoring, maintenance, and stewardship as stand-alone projects
  • Operation of hydropower facilities
  • Projects that do not address an important habitat conditions or watershed processes or focus mainly on meeting a secondary need
  • Property acquisition through eminent domain or leasing of land

Evaluation Process

  1. Submit Application to Lead Entity: Applicant develops proposal with the local lead entity, which has its own deadlines for applications. Contact your lead entity.
  2. Early Application Review: Lead entity may request technical review of a proposal before the application deadline. Applicant must coordinate with its lead entity to obtain this review.
  3. Submit Online Application: Applicant enters the proposal approved by its lead entity into the Salmon Recovery Funding Board’s online database, PRISM.
  4. Project Evaluation: The evaluation happens in three phases. First, the lead entity, coordinating with its regional organization, will evaluate and rank applications in its area using locally developed criteria that address social, economic, and cultural values. Second, the Salmon Recovery Funding Board staff will review each project for eligibility. Third, the board’s review panel will evaluate each project to ensure it will benefit salmon, is likely to be successful, and is cost-effective.
  5. Funding: The Salmon Recovery Funding Board will hold a public meeting to award grants.

Long-term Commitment

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

Manual Appendices and More

Manual Appendices
A: Salmon Recovery ContactsE: Funded Project Forms
B: Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Landowner Certification Form
C: Application Checklist with Forms Landowner Agreement Form
Cost Estimate SpreadsheetAcquisition Stewardship Plan
Landowner Acknowledgement FormRestoration Stewardship Plan
Project Partnership Contribution FormAmendment Request Template
Barrier Evaluation FormsF: SRFB Review Panel Evaluation Criteria
Correction Analysis FormG: Guide for Lead Entity Project Evaluation
Regional Monitoring Project CertificationH: Regional Area Summary Information
-Regional Monitory Study PlanI: SRFB Amendment Request Authority Matrix
SRFB Applicant Resolution and AuthorizationAmendment Request Template
RCO Fiscal Data Collection Sheet
D: Design and Restoration Project Deliverables (Full appendix)
D1: Conceptual Design Deliverables
D2: Preliminary Design Deliverables
D3: Final Design Deliverables
D4: Construction Deliverables

Workshop for Applicants

Entire Workshop

Workshop Sections