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FRGP Grant Process


Figure 1. Geographical Areas and Fourth Field Hydrologic Units Covered by CDFW's Fisheries Restoration Grants Program.

The objective of the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) is to restore anadromous salmonid habitat with the goal of ensuring the survival and protection of the species in coastal areas of California. FRGP will accomplish this by funding:

  • Projects and activities that provide demonstrable and measurable benefits to Pacific anadromous salmonids and their habitat.
  • Restoration projects that address factors limiting the productivity of ESA-listed Pacific salmonids as specified in approved, interim or proposed Recovery Plans. This includes projects that are a necessary precursor to implementing the restoration projects.
  • Effectiveness monitoring of habitat restoration actions at the watershed or larger scales for ESA-listed anadromous salmonids, or status monitoring projects that directly contribute to population viability assessments.
  • Other projects consistent with but not included in the above, such as outreach, coordination, research, monitoring, and assessment projects that can be justified as directly supporting the goal of the program.

Each year the FRGP solicits proposals for projects which address the goals of the program through its Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN). The annual open competitive selection process has evolved over the past 30 years and FRGP receives more proposals than it can fund. For FRGP to accomplish its goals applicants must submit proposals that address a task in one of the State or Federal recover plans listed below:

For other requirements and details on submitting a proposal to FRGP see the Proposal Solicitation Notice.

There has been a collaborative effort since the inception of the FRGP with more than 600 stakeholders to restore declining anadromous salmonid habitat. Over the last 30 years, the FRGP has invested over $250 million and supported over 3,500 salmonid restoration projects.

FRGP management activities are divided into five coastal watershed geographical areas (Figure 1) in which CDFW grant managers oversee the implementation of funded restoration projects.



Watershed Restoration Grants Branch
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
WatershedGrants@wildlife.ca.gov


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one image showing bridge with pipe for water to pass; another image showing bridge with clear stream passage below

Before and after: a bridge is built to replace a culvert that was impassable to salmon. Photos provided by Mike Bird