WRIA 8 Funding for Salmon Conservation

Crow Marsh The WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council (SRC) annually requests grant proposals for salmon habitat restoration and protection projects, salmon-focused outreach and education programs, and priority monitoring activities occurring within the WRIA 8 watershed boundaries. Grant funds are available to implement priority projects and programs identified in the WRIA 8 Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan. WRIA 8 reviews and recommends awards for the following funding sources:

Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) Grants

The SRFB program primarily funds habitat restoration and protection projects, including project design. Eligible projects must be focused on Chinook salmon recovery in WRIA 8, and all proposed projects must be represented on the WRIA 8 Four-Year Work Plan and have a clear link to one or more of WRIA 8's priority recovery strategies.

Proposals for SRFB are evaluated and ranked by WRIA 8, and funding recommendations are forwarded to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board for consideration and approval. Grants are administered by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), and projects proposed for funding must meet the criteria and policies outlined in RCO's Manual 18 (Salmon Recovery Grants).

Eligible Activities:

Habitat restoration and acquisition projects located within WRIA 8, planning activities (including project design and assessments and studies that generate at least a conceptual design), and regionally-significant monitoring. See RCO Manual 18 for more detail.

Eligible Applicants:

Cities, counties, tribes, non-profit organizations, special purpose districts, private landowners, and state agencies.

Available Funding:

To be determined, pending state and federal budget processes. We anticipate the amount of SRFB funding available to be allocated in 2019 will be approximately $1.2 million.

A matching share of 15% of the grant request is required.

Application Period:

Opens on January 15, 2019. Pre-applications are to be submitted in RCO's PRISM Online web-based application program by May 1, 2019. Final applications - incorporating changes to respond to Review Panel feedback - will be due in PRISM on August 9, 2019. A notice of intent to apply must be submitted to WRIA 8 by February 11, 2019 (Extended to February 19, 2019). Complete the notice of intent form linked below and submit it via email to Jason Wilkinson.

Application Process:

WRIA 8 creates application records for project sponsors in the PRISM Online system following the notice of intent deadline. By the May 1 pre-application deadline, sponsors must enter enough information in PRISM Online to allow for a technical review of the proposal (see the pre-site visit checklist in Manual 18 for requirements). Project site visits with the state Technical Review Panel and WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee will take place in late May. WRIA 8 staff are available to support applicants during the application process - contact Jason Wilkinson for more information.

Sponsors have until August 9 to meet all Manual 18 requirements and respond to comments provided during the pre-application review period. In addition to the requirements of Manual 18, sponsors should submit to WRIA 8 the WRIA 8 supplemental application form by the pre-application deadline.

SRFB Grant Resources:

Cooperative Watershed Management Grant Program

The King County Flood Control District (FCD) Cooperative Watershed Management (CWM) Grant Program supports priority salmon recovery activities within King County watersheds. Proposals submitted to WRIA 8 for CWM funding are evaluated and ranked by WRIA 8, and funding recommendations are forwarded to the FCD Board of Supervisors for consideration and approval.

Successful proposals for CWM grants are administered by King County. All proposals must be represented on the WRIA 8 Four-Year Work Plan and have a clear link to one or more of WRIA 8's priority recovery strategies.

Eligible Activities:

Habitat restoration and acquisition projects, monitoring activities, and outreach and education programs. All projects/activities must be clearly connected to WRIA 8 priorities and be located within the King County portion of WRIA 8.

Available this year is a one-time opportunity for funding to support tree-planting efforts. See the 1 Million Trees section below for more information.

Important information about monitoring proposals:

The WRIA 8 Technical Committee (TC) recently prioritized monitoring and assessment activities for Chinook salmon recovery in WRIA 8. These priorities will inform how CWM monitoring funds are awarded; therefore, applicants interested in submitting a monitoring proposal should consult this document to determine alignment with WRIA 8’s priorities. The TC is especially interested in projects that seek to clarify uncertainties around juvenile Chinook survival in Lake Washington and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The TC invites investigators to consult with WRIA 8 staff and TC when preparing proposals for monitoring and assessment funds.

Eligible Applicants:

Cities, towns, special purpose districts, public schools, King County, tribes, state agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Available Funding:

In 2019, WRIA 8 has approximately $1.75 million in CWM funds to allocate to eligible priorities. Total funding for monitoring is limited to $300,000, and total funding for outreach and education is limited to $96,000. Approximately $1.36 million is available for restoration and acquisition projects, and of this amount, up to $200,000 may be awarded to riparian habitat and stewardship projects. Matching funds are not required, although they are encouraged.

Application Period:

Opens on January 15 and closes on March 19, 2019. A notice of intent to apply is due on February 11, 2019 (Extended to February 19, 2019). Complete the notice of intent form linked below and submit it via email to Jason Wilkinson.

Application Process:

Project sponsors are to submit a completed application form, budget worksheet, and the relevant WRIA 8 supplemental application form - as well as any supplemental materials - by the March 19 application deadline. All application materials are to be submitted via email to Jason Wilkinson.

WRIA 8 staff are available to support applicants during the application process - contact Jason Wilkinson for more information. Project site visits and presentations with the WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee will take place in late April - early May.

CWM Grant Resources:

1 Million Trees Assistance Program

King County launched the 1 Million Trees initiative following the County’s adoption of its Strategic Climate Action Plan in 2015. The goal is to plant 1 million trees by 2020 as a way to support carbon sequestration and healthy forests, streams, and neighborhoods.

To support the initiative for planting large numbers of trees by the end of 2020, each WRIA in King County will have $175,000 available to support tree planting. These grants are being solicited alongside CWM grants, with CWM being a great source of matching funds for project elements not covered by the 1 Million Trees grant funds.

Eligible Activities:

Funds must go toward the cost of trees or tree planting labor (consult the eligible plant list linked below for eligible trees). Site preparation, project management/grant administration, and other activities are not eligible for these funds. All funds must be expended by December 31, 2020.

There is a preference for projects located in urban areas, although that is not required. The 1 Million Trees grants can be used for planting projects in upland areas, but preference will be given to riparian proposals. A direct connection to Chinook salmon streams - required for CWM - is not required for these funds.

Eligible Applicants:

Non-profit organizations, local governments, tribes, and special purpose districts are eligible to apply.

Available Funding:

$175,000 is available for planting projects within WRIA 8. There is a minimum grant award of $25,000; no maximum. Matching funds or leverage is not required.

Application Period:

The same timeline used for CWM grants applies. Proposals are due on March 19, 2019. A notice of intent should be submitted by February 11, 2019 (Extended to February 19, 2019). Complete the notice of intent form linked below and submit it via email to Jason Wilkinson.

Application Process: 

Project sponsors are to submit a completed 1 Million Trees application form by the March 19 application deadline. The WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee will evaluate proposals and make recommendations for funding to King County.

Grant Resources: