Grant Information

Total Funding Available
Minimum Request
Maximum Request
Maximum cost share per land owner per fiscal year is $50,000.
Average Grant Award
Match Requirement
FSA pays 50% of the practice cost share at the time the practice is installed (SCC pays 10%). FSA pays a Practice Incentive Payment (PIP) of an additional 40% when all practices are installed and approved. Delays between the first and final costs mean landowners are carrying 40% of the cost; however, SCC offers a PIP loan for some qualifying producers to ease the financial burden.
RFP Release
Open Year Round
Pre-application Due
Open Year Round
Final Application Due
Open Year Round
Skookumchuck River

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.

Project costs are paid for by the program. The program also provides oversight and maintenance for five years after planting to ensure that trees and vegetation grow healthy and strong.  Landowners are paid rent for the acreage they restore, and they receive a monetary bonus for enrolling in the program. This makes CREP a win-win for Washington farms and fish.   CREP is a voluntary program administered at the federal-level by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), at the state-level by the State Conservation Commission (SCC), and at the local level by conservation districts.  

Who Can Apply?
Agricultural Producers, Conservation Districts, Private Land Owners
Project Types
Planning, Restoration, Conservation
Restoration Types
Habitat (General), Riparian, Wetlands
Geography/Land Ownership
Land must be either cropland or marginal pastureland; be able to support the required vegetation; and have required cropping history. Property must border eligible stream segments. Generally, stream segments must have at least one species of Pacific salmon or steelhead present.