The Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) was established in 1981 in response to rapidly declining populations of wild salmon and steelhead trout and deteriorating fish habitat in California. FRGP administers a competitive grant program that has invested millions of dollars to support various projects throughout coastal California. Contributing partners to the program include federal and local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations, and private landowners.
In response to questions received with regard to grant projects and programs constrained by the COVID-19 emergency, CDFW has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)(opens in new tab) document. Please review and feel free to submit questions related to COVID-19 impacts on grants to WatershedGrants@wildlife.ca.gov.
CDFW grant programs are continuing to operate business as normal, and staff are working remotely to actively manage existing grants and Department functions. Review for this PSN will proceed as normal and will fully support awarded projects as proposed. Any updates related to FRGP COVID-19 impacts will be posted here.
The overall goal of FRGP is to recover and conserve salmon and steelhead trout populations through restoration activities that reestablish natural ecosystem functions, to ensure the survival and protection of the species in California.
Each year, FRGP issues millions of dollars in grants to public agencies, Native American Indian Tribes, and nonprofit organizations for projects that lead to process-based restoration, enhancement, or protection of anadromous salmonid habitat. For more information on FRGP grants, please visit the FRGP Grant Process page.
Applying for FRGP Grants
FRGP opens its Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN) about early spring each year. All applications are accepted online through CDFW's WebGrants(opens in new tab). FRGP also offers technical support workshops to assist applicants in understanding the PSN and Guidelines requirements, reviewing the grant process, and highlighting key updates. For information regarding the PSN and Guidelines, please visit the FRGP Solicitation Notice page.
What FRGP Funds
FRGP funds a wide range of projects that focus on, or lead to, restoring, enhancing, or protecting salmonid habitat in anadromous watersheds of California. For information on projects funded in previous years, please visit the FRGP Funded Project Summaries page.
Who is Eligible for FRGP Funds
Eligible applicants include state and local government agencies, public entities, Native American Indian Tribes, and nonprofit organizations. Private individuals and for-profit enterprises are not eligible for funding. Private entities with quality restoration projects are encourages to partner with an eligible applicant to apply.
Uniquely, FRGP provides the following coverages for all eligible funded projects:
- California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND),
- Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 certification, State Water Resources Control board, and
- CWA Section 404, Army Corps of Engineers permit.
Details of the coverages can be found in the Guidelines on the FRGP Solicitation Notice page or by contacting the FRGP Regulatory Coordinator on the FRGP Contacts page.