Grant Information

Total Funding Available
Minimum Request
Maximum Request
Average Grant Award
$75K - $250K
Match Requirement
33% (non-federal matching funds OR 25% total project cost)
RFP Release
March (annual)
Pre-application Due
June (annual)
Final Application Due
September (annual)
Willapa Bay

National Estuary Program (NEP) Coastal Watershed Grants

The National Estuary Program (NEP) Coastal Watershed Grants is a nationally competitive grants program designed to support projects that address urgent and challenging issues threatening the well-being of coastal and estuarine areas within determined estuaries of national significance. Only projects occurring within the geographic eligibility areas may receive funding.

Grant Program Goals:
• Address urgent and challenging issues that threaten the ecological and economic well-being of coastal areas and estuaries;
• Achieve on-the-ground or tangible quantifiable improvements in coastal and estuarine habitats conditions and the health of living resources;
• Apply new or innovative approaches, practices, methods, or techniques for preventing, treating, and removing pollution entering estuaries;
• Establish or improve sustainable local capacity to protect and restore coastal watersheds and their living resources; and
• Support and expand promising approaches for watershed resilience and adaptation.

Who Can Apply?
Cities, Conservation Districts, Counties, Educational Institutions, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations, State Agencies
Project Types
Restoration Types
Estuaries/Nearshore, Floodplain, Habitat (General), Invasive Species, Wetlands
Geography/Land Ownership
(See Geographic Eligibility Areas Map)