2023-2024 Salmon Recovery Grant Opportunity in West Sound (Approx 1.25 million)

West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery (WSPER) is announcing a call for salmon habitat projects.

As a lead entity for salmon recovery, WSPER coordinates a solicitation and ranking of salmon habitat projects in east Water Resource Inventory Area 15. WSPER is calling for sponsors to submit projects for review by our Technical Advisory Group and ultimately the state’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB). The first step is for sponsors to submit a Letter of Intent to the WSPER coordinator by January 3, 2024. Submit your Letter of Intent here.

Funding Information

Funding for this grant round is available from the State Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) program to protect and restore habitat for salmon and steelhead populations. Projects must align with WSPER’s Recovery Plans and Strategies for salmon and steelhead populations. SRFB funding for approved projects will be available after the September 2024 SRFB meeting. PSAR funding for approved projects will be available in July of 2024. SRFB funds are anticipated to be between ~$358,078 and $412,825 available September 2024. PSAR funds are anticipated to be ~$990,000 in available in July 2025.

Eligible Applicants

  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Native American Tribes
  • Conservation districts
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Regional fisheries enhancement groups
  • Special purpose districts
  • Private landowners
  • State agencies (with local partner)


Eligible Projects

  • Acquisition
  • Planning (Designs, Assessments, and Inventories)
  • Restoration
  • Combination projects (Acquisition and Restoration, Acquisition and Planning)



Submission Information

The Letter of Intent form is due January 3, 2024. The WSPER Technical Advisory Group will screen all Letters of Intent to determine consistency with local Recovery Plans and Strategies and priorities. The WSPER coordinator will notify project sponsors of the TAG’s decision of whether a project is consistent with local priorities and should continue into the 2024 grant round by January 31, 2024. A site visit will be required in February or March 2024 for projects continuing in the grant round.  The competitive grant round will span through August 4, 2024, when the final ranked list is submitted.

Contact Renee Johnson for more information about salmon recovery strategies, watershed recovery plans, and the application process. Call 360-509-9941 or email [email protected]. For information about West Sound salmon recovery, see WSPER Recovery Plans and Strategies.

For information about Salmon Recovery Grants see RCO Website.

Criteria for Scoring (Criteria are meant to be a guide for scoring, not finite)

Project implements a recovery strategy and/or is on the Planned Project Forecast List 2023-2024 or 4-Year Workplan

  • If yes, then rank
  • If no, then not eligible

Scope and cost/budget of project (10 points)

  • Is scope of project appropriate? Could the project be phased?
  • Is the budget consistent with expected benefits and with projects of similar scale?

Benefits to fish (20 points)

  • Restoration project addresses high priority habitat, watershed processes, or nearshore processes that will have a demonstrable effect on salmon productivity
  • Restoration and/or acquisition project targets high priority watershed (refugia with source populations and relatively high abundance and productivity)
  • Acquisition project targets high habitat function, low site disturbance, and intact processes
  • Acquisition project is necessary to carryout high priority restoration project
  • Tier 1 projects per Nearshore integration and synthesis tool

Certainty of success (15 points)

  • Experience of sponsor in implementing similar projects
  • Restoration approach is well established with predictable outcomes
  • Restoration project restores ecosystem processes versus simply making structural modifications
  • Stewardship/maintenance for restoration and/or acquisition projects
    • Stewardship plan? Actions self-sustaining or low maintenance? Funds for monitoring/stewardship?
  • Benefits realized immediately versus long term and are independent of other restoration/acquisition projects
  • Benefits of acquisition not dependent on future restoration actions