WCRRI Washington Coast Restoration and Resiliency Initiative


$14 million


Grant Limit



Match Requirement



Coastal communities have worked for decades with limited, inconsistent funding to improve the health of the land and water. These same communities have some of the highest unemployment rates in the state. Given the urgency of both of these needs, the Legislature created the Washington Coast Resiliency and Restoration Initiative in 2015 to provide funding and technical assistance for communities along Washington’s coast.

The grant program is aimed at proactively addressing the region’s highest priority restoration and resiliency needs and putting people to work restoring coastal lands and waters.

Projects must stimulate local economic growth by creating jobs in restoration and resiliency projects and provide substantial and cost-effective, coastal ecosystem restoration or protection of functions, goods, and services.

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

Request for Proposals

February 10, 2020 

Application Workshop

February 19, 2020 Estimate

Draft Applications Due

March 13, 2020 

Eligibility Notification

Applicants notified if applications meets minimum eligibility requirements.

March 30, 2020 

Project Site Visit and Presentation

April 13, 2020 - May 15, 2020 Applicants will be notified of specific dates.

Review Comments to Applicants

Applicants provided comments from Technical Review Panel.

May 18, 2020 

Final Application Due

June 12, 2020 

Grant Awarded

July 1, 2021 Included in state capital budget.

Grant Award History

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

Application Resources

Typical Projects

  • Water and land-based habitat restoration
  • Habitat protection
  • Invasive species treatment
  • Habitat restoration planning and design
  • Educating the public about restoration

Who May Apply?

  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Conservation districts
  • Federal agencies, only if they have a local partner that is independently eligible to be a grant applicant. Projects may occur on federal lands
  • Private or public corporations
  • Regional fisheries enhancement groups
  • Native American tribes (must be federally recognized)
  • Nonprofit organizations with authority for the protection or enhancement of natural resources or related recovery activities
  • Special purpose districts, such as port or park and recreation districts
  • State agencies, only if they have a local partner that is independently eligible to be a grant applicant

Where May Projects be Located?

  • In the geographic boundary of the Coast Salmon Partnership, which includes any watershed between Cape Flattery and Cape Disappointment that drains directly into the Pacific Ocean


  • In the geographic boundary of one of the four Coastal Marine Resource Committees (North Pacific Coast [includes portions of Clallam and Jefferson Counties]; Grays Harbor County; Pacific County; or Wahkiakum County).
Map of Washington's northern coast


Funding comes from the sale of bonds and is awarded every 2 years.

Grant Limits

There are no requirements for minimum requests. The maximum request is $2 million.

Match Details

No match is required, though it is encouraged.

Eligible Projects

  • Acquisition: Purchase of land, access, or other property rights in fee title or less than fee, such as conservation easements
  • Restoration: Projects that bring a site back to its original, historic function as part of a natural ecosystem, or improve or enhance the ecological functionality of a site. Restoration projects may include elements such as fish passage, diversion, habitat improvements, beaver reintroduction, knotweed control, stewardship, stream bank stabilization and plantings, erosion control, water conservation, and road decommissioning.
  • Planning: Assessments and inventories
  • Knowledge Building Projects: Project where there is a high level of confidence in cost-effective, sustained ecosystem or resiliency benefits, and where experimentation and monitoring could substantially reduce uncertainty and improve project effectiveness and efficiency
  • Combination Projects: Projects that include acquisition and either restoration or planning elements

Ineligible Projects

  • Acquisition through eminent domain
  • Acquisitions, work, or materials purchased before the project agreement start date
  • Building or indoor facility construction
  • Converting from septic to sewage treatment systems
  • Costs to apply for other grants
  • Effectiveness monitoring costs
  • Environmental cleanup of soils or materials contaminated above levels in the Model Toxics Control Act
  • Fish harvest and harvest management activities
  • Fishing license buy-back
  • Infrastructure elements, such as sewer treatment facilities, surface and stormwater management systems, flood management structures, and water supply systems
  • Land leases, except for projects on state-owned aquatic lands
  • Lobbying or legislative activities
  • Maintenance as stand-alone projects
  • Mitigation projects, activities, or funds
  • Operation or construction of fish hatcheries, net pens, artificial rearing facilities, remote site incubation systems, and supplementation
  • Operation of hydropower facilities
  • Park facilities or structures
  • Projects that do not address an important habitat condition or natural process, or that focus mainly on supplying a secondary need
  • Projects with the primary objective of providing recreational access or remediating chemical contamination
  • Purchase of existing structures that are not essential to the functions or operation and maintenance of the funded site
  • Work that relieves obligatory compensation or mitigation requirements

The Process

Funding is based upon the scoring and ranking recommendations of the Technical Review Panel. 

The panel reviews project applications to ensure that the projects create actual environmental and job benefits, have costs that do not outweigh the anticipated benefits, and have a high likelihood of being successful. To do so, team members review applications, visit project sites, and provide feedback to grant applicants.

The grants are submitted to the state Legislature for funding consideration.

Project Length

Grant recipients should complete projects within 2 years. Projects may be as long as 4 years.

Long-term Commitment

Acquisitions, including water right acquisition, must be forever.

Landowners are required to maintain unimpeded fish passage at the project site forever.

Other long-term obligations may be found in the project agreement and Manual 7: Long-Term Obligations.

Staff Contact

Alice Rubin, 360-865-8584
RCO outdoor grants manager