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Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP)

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies for
Salmon Habitat Monitoring and Restoration

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) - Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP)

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04/13/21 3:00 PM


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, public agencies and tribes to restore, protect, and enhance marine habitats and fisheries. Specifically, this fund will support projects that involve anadromous watersheds and lead to the restoration of anadromous salmonid habitats.

The goal of the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) is to recover and conserve California’s salmon and steelhead trout populations through process-based restoration activities that restore self-sustaining ecosystems. Projects are determined to be accomplishing this objective by completing, in part or in whole, a task from a State or Federal recovery plan. A general overview of the geographic area covered by FRGP is shown on Map 1:

There are four geographic divisions /domains eligible for funds:

  1. Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast
  2. North-Central California Coast
  3. Central Valley
  4. South-Central / Southern California Coast

For FRGP Criteria, see:

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.

For eligible project types, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180049

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Estimated Size of Grant:

No one region shall receive more than $7 million of the available funds. If there are an insufficient number of eligible projects in each division to meet this objective, remaining funding will be distributed to the highest scored projects statewide.

Term of Contract:

- Projects submitted under this funding program cannot exceed four years.
- Work must be completed by April 1, 2026

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to state and local government agencies, public entities, Native American Indian Tribes, and nonprofit organizations.

Grant proposals from private individuals or for -profit enterprises will not be accepted. Private individuals and for -profit enterprises interested in submitting restoration proposals are encouraged to work with a public agency, Native American Indian Tribe, or nonprofit organization.

No project that is required mitigation or used for mitigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Endangered Species Act (CESA), Federal Endangered Species Act ( ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Forest Practices Act (FPA) or Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) will be considered for funding.

No project that is under an enforcement action by a regulatory agency will be considered for funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

CDFW will be holding PSN workshops to assist applicants in understanding the requirements of the PSN and Guidelines. It is to the benefit of the applicant to attend one of these workshops even if the applicant has submitted proposals in the past. Please attend one of the workshops listed in the link below for information on changes to the PSN and Guidelines. There will be several online workshops reviewing the solicitation. Workshop links are available here:

Pre-Application Information:

The 2021 FRGP PSN will be open from March 2, 2021 at 9:00 AM through April 13, 2021, 3:00 PM.

- March 2, 2021: PSN released
- March 10, 15, 16, 17, 2021: Application workshops
- April 13, 2021: Proposals due by 3:00 PM
- April 14, 2021: Proposal Grace Period
- April 16 to June 22, 2021: Proposal Evaluation
- May 3, 2021 to June 22, 2021: Field reviews
- December 2021 or January 2022: Director Approval/Announce Award
- Spring 2022: Agreements are prepared and executed
- Work may begin upon grant execution
- April 1, 2026: work must be completed and deliverables/final invoice must be submitted

Historically, proposals that otherwise appeared to be competitive were eliminated during the Administrative Review for missing a required supplemental document. Projects reviewed under the 2021 PSN will be afforded a 1 -day grace period to add missing required supplemental documents.

Proposals providing cost share in the form of cash or in -kind services for the execution of the project must specify the source and dollar amount of all proposed cost share.

Applications must address one of the State or Federal Recovery Plans listed here:

FRGP Mitigated Negative Declaration:

Proposal Funding Summaries:

Restoration Manual, PSN Info, and other Guidance Tools:

Additional Resources:


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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FRGP Contacts:

Regional PSN contacts are below:
CDFW Region 1 - CDFW Contact: Trevor Tollefson, (707) 834-0626
CDFW Region 2 - CDFW Contact: Morgan Kilgour, (916) 212-1268
CDFW Region 3 - CDFW Contact: Manfred Kittle, (707) 299-9299
CDFW Region 4 - CDFW Contact: Suzanne DeLeon, (831) 233-8593
CDFW Region 5 - CDFW Contact: Mary Larson, (562) 537-8624

Watershed Restoration Grants Branch
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

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