WRIA 8 Funding for Salmon Conservation

Crow MarshThe 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:

Restoration of high-quality salmon habitat continues to be a major focus in WRIA 8, and the work to restore habitat does not occur in isolation. WRIA 8 – as the most populous watershed in Washington State – offers many opportunities to better integrate objectives of equity and environmental justice into salmon recovery implementation. In 2020, WRIA 8 launched a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative. A near-term objective is to encourage grant applicants to identify opportunities to advance objectives of equity and environmental justice through the implementation of their projects and programs. This is an evolving effort that will likely be modified over time, and the 2022 grant application materials ask applicants to describe how their proposed projects and activities promote community engagement and equitable outcomes.

Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) Grants

Background:

The SRFB and PSAR programs primarily fund 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/PSAR are evaluated and ranked by WRIA 8, and funding recommendations approved by the WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council are forwarded to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board for final 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).

RCO and the Puget Sound Partnership also manage other large capital grant programs for habitat projects that support Orca recovery and specific Puget Sound Chinook populations. Projects in WRIA 8 are not currently anticipated to rank highly in these programs but if you are interested in more information about these programs, please reach out to Carrie Byron.

*Note: If you are interested in applying for funding for a project not represented on the current WRIA 8 Four-Year Work Plan, please contact Carrie Byron.

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.

Funding Availability and Match:

To be determined, pending state and federal budget processes. We anticipate the amount of SRFB available in 2022 will be approximately $435,234 and PSAR will be approximately $1,457,509.

Final approval for SRFB/PSAR grants will be issued in September 2022, and grant awards become available at that time

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

Application Process:

The grant cycle opens on January 4, 2022. A notice of intent to apply must be submitted to WRIA 8 by February 1, 2022. Complete the online notice of intent form (also linked below under SRFB Grant Resources) by 5:00 p.m. on February 1.

Upon receiving a notice of intent to apply, WRIA 8 will create application records for project sponsors in the PRISM Online system and will provide sponsors with their PRISM project number. This year, RCO has implemented a new requirement to access PRISM through the Secure Access Washington (SAW) system. If you have not done so already, please sign up for a SAW account. Contact Chantell Krider if you need assistance establishing a SAW account. Applicants must submit complete applications, as defined by Manual 18, in RCO's PRISM Online application program by 5:00 p.m. on February 23, 2022.

Virtual project site visits with the state Technical Review Panel and WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee will take place on March 17-18, 2022. WRIA 8 staff are available to support applicants during the application process - contact Carrie Byron for more information.

By April 1, the state Technical Review Panel will issue comment forms identifying projects as Clear, Conditioned, Needs More Information (NMI), or Project of Concern (POC). Projects designated as Conditioned, NMI, and POC will have an opportunity to ask clarifying questions of the Review Panel via a conference call on April 12th or 13th.

Applicants are required to update their applications to respond to Review Panel feedback, and the deadline for submitting revised applications is 12:00 p.m. on June 27, 2022.

SRFB Grant Resources*:

Cooperative Watershed Management Grant Program

Background:

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 approved by the WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council are forwarded to the FCD Board of Supervisors for consideration and final 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.

*Note: If you are interested in applying for funding for a project not represented on the WRIA 8 Four-Year Work Plan, please contact Carrie Byron.

Eligible Activities:

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

Important information about proposals for monitoring and assessment activities and education and outreach:

Monitoring and assessment proposals-The WRIA 8 Technical Committee (TC) prioritizes monitoring and assessment activities for Chinook salmon recovery in WRIA 8, and the TC’s monitoring principles and priorities inform CWM monitoring awards. Applicants interested in submitting a monitoring proposal should consult the WRIA 8 monitoring and assessment funding prioritization to determine alignment with WRIA 8’s objectives for these funds. The TC invites investigators to consult with WRIA 8 staff and the TC when preparing proposals for monitoring and assessment funds. Note that for the 2022 grant round we have introduced several new required deliverables for these projects including a communications plan that incorporates an interim and final report and a presentation of results.

Education and outreach proposals-The WRIA 8 Communications and Outreach Framework identifies communications, education, and outreach priorities, and the framework will inform how CWM education and outreach resources are awarded. Applicants interested in submitting education and outreach proposals should consult the framework to determine alignment with priority WRIA 8 audiences and activities. WRIA 8 staff invites questions and inquiries from prospective sponsors.

Eligible Applicants:

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

Available Funding:

In 2022, WRIA 8 will have approximately $3.87 million in CWM funds to allocate to eligible activities. Approximate funding amounts available for each activity category is as follows:

Habitat acquisition and restoration projects

$2,900,000 million (75% of available funding)

Monitoring and assessment

$773,000 (20% of available funding)

Outreach and education

$193,000 (5% of available funding)

Matching funds are not required, although they are encouraged.

Application Process:

The grant cycle opens on January 4, 2022. A notice of intent to apply must be submitted to WRIA 8 by February 9, 2022. Complete the notice of intent web form (also linked below under CWM Grant Resources) by 5:00 p.m. on February 9.

Following the notice of intent deadline, applicants may begin working on their proposals. All required CWM application forms are linked below under CWM Grant Resources. Complete applications are to be submitted by email to Carrie Byron (cbyron@kingcounty.gov) by 5:00 p.m. on March 23, 2022.

A complete CWM application consists of 1) the CWM application form, 2) the CWM budget worksheet, and 3) the supplemental application form corresponding to the proposed activity type. Additional materials-such as maps, letters of support, design documents, photos, etc.-should also be submitted as needed to complement the required application materials.

Virtual project site visits with the WRIA 8 Project Subcommittee may take place in April. WRIA 8 staff are available to support applicants during the application process - contact Carrie Byron for more information.

CWM Grant Resources*: