The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to provide support for training and related activities to build the capacity of agricultural partners, state, territorial and tribal officials and nongovernmental stakeholders in activities to be carried out to support the goals of the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d) Program, the Nonpoint Source (CWA Section 319) Program, the Wetlands Program, the CWA 401 Program, and the Water Quality Monitoring Program.
Grant Funding Sourcesfor the Washington Coast Region
Grant sources listed will help fund improvements in watershed health, water quality, water quantity, planting trees along rivers, fixing barriers to fish migration, buying land for conservation of nature or working lands, and helping make communities resilient to the impacts of climate change.
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Chehalis Basin Strategy – Aquatic Species Restoration Plan (ASRP)
The ASRP is the component of the Chehalis Basin Strategy that focuses on restoring the ecological health of the Chehalis Basin. It supports actions in the freshwater environment where there is a potential to provide substantial gains for aquatic species. The purpose of this funding program is to support implementation of the Chehalis Basin Aquatic Species Restoration Plan restoration and protection strategies.
Coastal Protection Fund – Terry Husseman Account
THA grants support locally sponsored on-the-ground projects that restore or enhance the natural environment. Typical projects address water quality issues and fish and wildlife habitat protection or enhancement in or adjacent to waters of the state, such as streams, lakes, wetlands, or the ocean.
Community Forests Program (CFP)
The Community Forests Program gives communities a way to preserve their working forest heritage. The grant program balances the many benefits forests provide – from providing money from use of the land, to safeguarding against climate and other environmental changes, to providing opportunities for recreation, education, and cultural enrichment. As Washington’s population continues to grow and forestlands are increasingly threatened by development, the Community Forests Program is a valuable tool for preserving working lands for the benefit of Washingtonians now and into the future.
Conservation Partners Program
The Conservation Partners Program provides vital grant funding to support organizations that provide staff and technical assistance to private landowners in order to maximize the benefits of Farm Bill programs on working lands. Funding for this program seeks to build technical assistance capacity in multiple conservation priority areas.
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
CREP engages farmland owners as partners in restoring salmon habitat. Farmers are compensated for voluntarily planting native vegetation along salmon-bearing streams, rather than crops. Vegetation forms a buffer between agricultural land and salmon streams, keeping water clean and cool for salmon. Riparian buffers are preserved under 10-15 year renewable contracts.
DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program (UCF)
The purpose of this grant is to assist communities with planning and implementing projects that improve management, care, and public engagement with trees growing in parks, natural areas, and along public rights-of-way. The projects should also address social and environmental disparities in Washington communities by investing in community-identified urban forestry needs that advance environmental, social, or public health outcomes.
Drinking Water Providers Partnership
The Drinking Water Providers Partnership is a collaboration of public and private organizations working together to help provide clean and cold water for fish and people across the Pacific Northwest. Through a targeted grant program, they support restoration projects in those watersheds which communities depend upon for their drinking water and where enhanced aquatic and riparian ecosystems will also benefit native fish habitat.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improved or created wildlife habitat, and mitigation against drought and increasing weather volatility.
Family Forest Fish Passage Program (FFFPP)
The Family Forest Fish Passage Program (FFFPP) assists private forestland owners in removing culverts and other stream crossing structures that keep trout, salmon, and other fish from reaching upstream habitat. Road culverts and other structures that are aging, too small, or improperly installed can block fish from reaching their spawning grounds, and young rearing salmon from reaching the ocean. The program funds the replacement of eligible barriers with new structures.