Funding - National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants
Purpose - The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program focuses on acquiring, restoring, enhancing and protecting pristine and threatened coastal wetlands through partnerships between federal and state agencies.
Eligibility - State agencies administering acquisition programs in coastal areas and designated by state governors are eligible to apply. The agencies may form partnerships with Tribes, local governments or conservation groups to carry out projects.
Area - Coastal counties of Puget Sound and the Pacific Coast.
Typical Projects - Acquisition and restoration of critical wetland habitat in coastal areas that provide habitat for migratory birds and fish and wildlife species, including salmon and anadromous trout.
Financial Information - Since 1991, this program has protected or restored over 20,000 acres of coastal wetland habitat and awarded over $30 million in grants in Washington. Projects compete nationally for approximately $15 million each year. Applicants must provide a 25% non-federal cost share. Larger cost share amounts enhance the competitiveness of project proposals. Project funds range from several hundred thousand dollars to a maximum of $1 million.
Contact - Ginger Phalen, 360-753-5819
For more information on the Coastal Program, go to http://www.fws.gov/coastal.