Fisheries Program
Northeast Region

Funding Proposals

Anyone interested in making a proposal to receive fish passage funding is encouraged to develop that proposal in coordination with the closest local field office. Funding for projects is limited and projects must be well-aligned with program priorities to be competitive. Additionally, close collaboration will facilitate access to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service technical and engineering capabilities as may be required for project completion.

Example of a Proposal Format Containing Fish Passage Proposal Requirements:

Date Submitted


  • Agency/Organization Name
  • Contact Name
  • Address: Street, City, Zip
  • County & Congressional District
  • Phone
  • Fax
  • Email

Project Title

  • Include obstruction to be addressed, name of river, city, and state

Project Description (brief)

  • Identify the problem/situation
  • Identify the objective of the project
  • Describe the method for accomplishing the objective
  • Describe the over all ecological outcome
  • Explain why this outcome is important
  • Provide an additional info on what has been done already
  • What species will benefit

Project Budget

  • Estimated total cost
  • Break out costs if project is or could be phased
  • Partner match or contribution to project and what this paid for or will pay for, if known
  • Be as detailed as possible with the proposed budget: administrative costs, feasibility study, planning and conceptual design, engineering, permitting, site work, demolition and removal, construction, equipment, and etc.
  • Estimated time to completion once funded (6 months, 1 year, 2, 3, 4 or 5 years?)

Project Partners

  • List partners, and identify lead for project if appropriate

Project Statistics

  • Number and type of obstructions to be addressed
  • Coordinates for the project location (latitude/longitude in decimal format)
  • Congressional District in which project is located and in which recipient is located
  • County where project is located
  • Number of acres or miles of stream access opened as a result of the activity
  • Number of miles of instream or riparian restoration (if applicable)
  • List aquatic species to benefit from this project

Project Status

  • Has a feasibility assessment been completed
  • Has design and engineering been done and to what stage
  • Is the project permitted (NEPA, Section 7, SHPO, etc.) or is permitting pending
  • Have others contributed any sort of match – who and how much

Project Photos

  • Before Photo (with after photo upon project completion)

FWS Project Lead

  • Provide name and contact info – address, phone, fax, email

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Last updated: December 16, 2011
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