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Agencies for Projects to Enhance Fish Habitats in Eligible Locations

Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

05/18/22 8:59 PM PST


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Grants to Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and educational institutions for environmental preservation projects in eligible locations. Funding is intended for projects to improve and preserve fish habitats in the Columbia River basin.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is requesting proposals to enhance, restore, and protect stream flows for key fish habitat in the Columbia Basin. The Columbia Basin Water Transaction Program (CBWTP) funds water transactions development and implementation in the United States portion of the Columbia Basin and is the largest voluntary instream flow restoration program in the country. Since its inception in 2002, the CBWTP has implemented over 661 voluntary water transactions and secured over 12.5 million acre feet of water in flow-limited tributaries of the Columbia River Basin. The CBWTP works across portions of Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho, and its investments in water transactions have increased stream flows for the benefit of native fish species, including Pacific salmon, steelhead trout, and resident fish species.

A portion of the funding from BPA is dedicated to the areas of the Columbia River basin that are covered by the Columbia Basin Fish Accords with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Proposals in these geographies should be separate from proposals for other geographies.

Program Priorities

  1. Species of concern
  2. Flow limitations
  3. Prioritization
  4. Adaptive management
  5. Innovation
  6. Monitoring
  7. Watershed context
  8. Organizational Breadth
  9. Community Impact and Engagement

For more information about the above program priorities, see

Funding will be available for programmatic support allowing for staff time, limited travel, supplies/materials, and other associated costs of developing a water transaction(s).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197914

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Term of Contract:

Grant period: October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, tribal governments and organizations, educational institutions, conservation districts, watershed councils, and other local agencies.

Ineligible applicants include businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations.

Applicants must show organizational history and competency of implementing water transactions and dedicating water instream in this region.

NFWF will only accept proposals for programmatic support to develop water transactions under this solicitation, not for water acquisitions.

For ineligible uses of grant funds, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

An Applicant Webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 AM PST.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Applicant Webinar May 4, 2022 at 10:00 AM PST
- Full Proposal/Amendment Due Date May 18, 2022 at 8:59 PM PST
- Review Period May – July
- Awards Announced Early August

Once an entity is selected through this Request for Proposals (RFP), they will be considered a Qualified Local Entity (QLE) and will be able to apply for funding to pay for individual water transactions during the term of their grant agreement through a competitive process. Qualification status will last three years from the time a full proposal is approved, pending satisfactory annual performance reviews. Existing QLEs will have the option to submit a budget amendment in lieu of a full proposal in the two subsequent years post initial selection.

In collaboration with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC) and BPA requirements, NFWF will grant up to 70% of the funding to entities with a focus on anadromous species and 30% of the funding to those projects with a focus on resident fish species.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
Kate Morgan
Manager, Pacific Northwest Watersheds
(202) 595-2469

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact:
Easygrants Helpdesk
Voicemail: 202-595-2497

Grant Coverage Areas:

Proposed activities must be located within the Columbia River Basin in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. riority will be given to areas listed in the 2020 National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Biological Opinion (BiOp) that benefit species listed threatened or endangered by the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho;   Montana;   Oregon;   Washington

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