SALMON - PSAR Salmon Recovery and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration


$132.8 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 with the Puget Sound Partnership.

The grant program for both salmon recovery and PSAR grants are run together and generally have the same requirements. Applicants must demonstrate how their projects address the goals and actions defined in the regional recovery plans or lead entity strategies. The grant cycles consist of steps required both by the local lead entity and RCO. Lead entities are watershed-based groups that develop and implement strategies to restore salmon habitat. Lead entities establish their own schedules not on this Web site for required grant cycle steps including site visits, rating, and ranking.

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

2021 Full Grant Schedule

Contact your local lead entity coordinator to learn about application deadlines and requirements.

Full Grant Schedule

January 1, 2021 

Lead Entities request site visit dates

Site visit request form

November 13, 2020 

Site Visits with Lead Entities

February 1, 2021 - May 14, 2021

Dates vary by lead entity.

Applications Due

June 28, 2021 

Applications due by noon.

RCO and SRFB Review Panel project review

June 29, 2021 - July 14, 2021

Applicants Receive Final Project Comments

July 22, 2021 

Lead Entities Submits Final Ranked List

August 9, 2021 

Board Awards Grants

September 22, 2021 - September 23, 2021

Grant Award History

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

Application Resources

Grant Manual


Project Celebrations

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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. PSAR funding is awarded biennially and comes from the sale of state general obligation bonds.

Funding for the grant round is distributed using a formula adopted by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. The formula is based the number of listed and non-listed salmon stocks, number of evolutionarily significant units, number of watershed resource inventory areas, and salmon shoreline miles. The Puget Sound Recovery Region has 15 lead entities and further allocates both its salmon and PSAR funding based on a formula approved by the Puget Sound Leadership Council.

Funding Report: Salmon Recovery Regional Responses

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 requesting $200,000 or less. Match may include the following:

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

Eligible Projects

Acquisition including the purchase of land, perpetual conservation easements, or water rights.


  • In-stream fish passage
  • In-stream water diversion
  • In-stream and floodplain habitat
  • Upland riparian habitat
  • Estuarine and marine near-shore

Planning projects

  • Conceptual, preliminary, or final design projects
  • Assessments and inventories

Combination projects include elements of two or more project types (restoration, acquisition, and planning).

Ineligible Projects

  • Capital facilities and public works projects
  • Effectiveness monitoring
  • Hatchery, harvest, and hydropower activities
  • Mitigation projects
  • Property acquisition through eminent domain or leasing
  • For a comprehensive list of ineligible projects, see Manual 18.

Evaluation Process

Because the salmon recovery and PSAR programs are run in partnership with lead entities, the specific evaluation process depends on the lead entity where the project is located. In general, project evaluation happens in three, sometimes concurrent, parts.

  1. The local lead entity, coordinating with its regional organization, evaluates and ranks applications. The lead entity and region may use locally developed information and criteria to prioritize projects, including criteria that address social, economic, and cultural values.
  2. RCO grants managers review all projects for eligibility. Applicants and their lead entities are encouraged to consult with grants managers early to determine any questions of eligibility
  3. The Salmon Recovery Funding Board Review Panel evaluates each project proposal (except monitoring projects) for technical merits and identifies specific concerns about the benefits to salmon and certainty of success.

See Section 3: How to Apply, and Section 4: SRFB Evaluation Process of Manual 18 for detailed information.

Long-Term Commitment

  • Acquisition projects must be managed and protected as salmon habitat forever.
  • Restoration projects must be managed and maintained as improved salmon habitat for at least 10 years after construction is completed.

Long-Term Obligations Web page for additional information.

Salmon Resources

Application Workshop

Application Workshop Video

Successful Applicant Workshop

Project Management Resources

Manual 18 Appendices and More

Manual 18 Appendices
A: Salmon Recovery ContactsE: Funded Project Forms
B: Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration F: SRFB Review Panel Evaluation Criteria
C: Application Checklist G: Guide for Lead Entity Project Evaluation
D: Design and Restoration Project Deliverables (Full appendix) H: Regional Area Summary Information
D1: Conceptual Design Deliverables I: SRFB Amendment Request Authority Matrix
D2: Preliminary Design Deliverables Amendment Request Template
D3: Final Design Deliverables Other Forms
D4: Construction Deliverables Lead Entity Review Panel Request Form

Salmon Recovery Funding Board

The Salmon Recovery Funding Board approves the grants. To see details of the board’s meeting schedule and material, visit the board page.

Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office

The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office coordinates a statewide salmon strategy, secures funding for local, regional, and state recovery efforts; and produces the biennial State of Salmon in Watersheds report to the Legislature.

Washington Water & Salmon Fund Finder

Explore grant and loan opportunities for salmon recovery and water projects in your community using the Washington Water & Salmon Fund Finder.

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