Grant Information

Total Funding Available
Minimum Request
Maximum Request
Average Grant Award
$3M - $6M (over three years)
Match Requirement
Match not required, but leveraged funds considered in evaluation criteria.
RFP Release
July (one-time)
Pre-application Due
Final Application Due
October (one-time)

Restoring Fish Passage Through Barrier Removal

The principal objective of NOAA’s Restoring Fish Passage through Barrier Removal Notice of Funding Opportunity is to provide federal financial and technical assistance to fish passage through the removal of dams and other in-stream barriers for native migratory or sea-run fish. Funding will be used for fish passage that rebuilds productive and sustainable fisheries, contributes to the recovery and conservation of threatened and endangered species, enhances watershed health, promotes resilient ecosystems and communities, especially in underserved communities, and improves economic vitality, including local employment.

Applicants should address the following set of program priorities: 1) achieving measurable and lasting benefits for migratory fish populations; 2) fostering regionally important habitat restoration; 3) enhancing community resilience to climate hazards, and providing other co-benefits; and 4) providing benefit to and engaging with underserved communities, including through partnerships with Indian tribes.

Proposals may include multiple locations throughout a watershed or other geographic area, and should demonstrate how multiple locations collectively contribute to priorities within the watershed or geographic area.

Who Can Apply?
Cities, Conservation Districts, Counties, Educational Institutions, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations, For-profit Organizations, State Agencies
Project Types
Planning, Construction, Restoration
Restoration Types
Fish Passage
Geography/Land Ownership
Applicants must propose work in areas that benefit migratory fish.