Green the Green: Grants for Stewardship and Revegetation for Chinook Salmon Recovery
Grant funding is available for projects to revegetate riparian areas in order to create shade, clean water and air, and provide fish and wildlife habitat along the Green/Duwamish river and its major tributaries. The WRIA 9 Watershed Ecosystem Forum (Forum) is eager to assist tribes, local governments, schools, conservation districts and non-profit organizations to fund projects and activities in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9).
Total funding available is $250,000 with a $50,000 minimum and $100,000 maximum grant award. Projects must be located within the Green/Duwamish Watershed within 300 feet of the river's edge, or along Soos or Newaukum Creeks.
Funding is provided through the King County Flood Control District Cooperative Watershed Management Grant Program.
Grant Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on September 18, 2015. Staff are available to answer your questions at Karen.Bergeron@kingcounty.gov or by telephone at 206-477-4641.
Grants selected will be recommended by the WRIA 9 Forum for approval to the King County Flood Control District through the Cooperative Watershed Management grant program. This grant program seeks projects that will achieve forested riparian buffers adjacent to the banks of the mainstem Green/Duwamish River, and Soos and Newaukum Creeks (and their tributaries).
Eligible funding items include:
- Staffing time, including planning, landowner outreach and volunteer and/or crew coordination
- Materials and supplies, including plants, tools and weed control
- Plant maintenance including watering, invasive management and plant replacement
- Environmental education activities and/or training that are associated with a planting event or ongoing stewardship
- Outreach materials and advertising costs for volunteer or landowner events
- Plant monitoring, progress tracking and grant reporting
- Snacks for volunteers
Priority will be given to parcels identified as critical and high on the Riparian Aspect Map. These projects could be implemented by staff, professional crews, landowners, and/or volunteers. We anticipate that funding will be available in November 2015, and all work must be completed by December 2018.
Criteria for Applications
The following criteria will be used to guide the decision about whether to fund your proposal:
- Project technical merit (50 pts; 41 pt minimum required):
- Your proposal will achieve a forested, riparian buffer (within 300 feet of the edge of each bank), in areas of critical and high importance according to the Riparian Aspect Map, and includes monitoring and reporting targets (0-50 points).
- Certainty of Success (30 pts; 25 pt minimum required):
- Your proposal is important to do now (0-15 points); and
- You demonstrate you are capable of implementing the proposal (0-15 points).
- Jurisdiction and Community Support (20 pts; 17 pt minimum required):
- Your proposal improves community participation and support for salmon habitat protection and restoration, and/or is consistent with local jurisdiction priorities and land use policies (0-20 points);
- Your proposal has matching funds or will be used to leverage additional funds. Matching funds are not required; however, applications will receive additional points for providing a sponsor match or documenting the amount of additional funding gained due to using this funding as a match (up to 5 bonus points).
Requests should be consistent with the following policies:
- Grants are within the designated funding amounts and have a high certainty of success:
- Priority will be given to projects identified as critical or high on the Riparian Aspect Map; and
- Projects should be able to be completed with the grant award or in combination with other funds already in hand.
- The projects must not be required as mitigation for other activities.
- Projects must include at least two years of maintenance and be completed within three years of award. Projects that have completed approved project activities within the 36-month timeline will be allowed up to an additional 12 months for project maintenance and monitoring activities (for a total grant duration of up to 48 months).
Who Can Apply
For all grant programs, the applicants must be one of the following:
- Private non-profit organization (501(c)3 status);
- Local government;
- School; and
- Conservation District.
How to Apply
If you are interested in submitting a grant for consideration, please e-mail a copy of the grant application and supporting documentation to Karen.Bergeron@kingcounty.gov. Proposals submitted by email must be less than 10MB (megabytes). Please use the subject line, "Green the Green Grant Application".
Be sure to include in your project description the following items:
- The project or program scope, budget (including any leveraged funds) and proposed schedule;
- The riparian area improvement that will result, including current and proposed species and linear feet of shoreline;
- If your project includes education or volunteers, describe the scope, schedule, outreach, and intended outcomes;
- Description of your certainty that the project will be successful;
- Description of how you will be contacting property owners;
- Review of the local jurisdiction land use policies and priorities; and
- Community support expressed for the project.
How We will Evaluate Your Proposal
Your proposal will be evaluated using the criteria and grant policies listed above. Your proposal must score at least the minimum points per criterion to be eligible for funding.