Fisheries Restoration Grant Program

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. This competitive grant program has invested millions of dollars to support projects from sediment reduction to watershed education throughout coastal California. Contributing partners include federal and local governments, tribes, water districts, fisheries organizations, watershed restoration groups, the California Conservation Corps, AmeriCorps, and private landowners.


In response to ongoing challenges related to COVID-19, CDFW is extending the deadline for applications from April 14 to Friday May 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. 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 2020 FHR 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.


Thursday March 19, 2020; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

(link opens in new tab or windowJoin Skype Meeting to view PowerPoint or call in (916) 210-1965 Conference ID: 58138)
CDFW Contact: Tim Chorey (916) 838-0760

The Fisheries Restoration Grant Program is pleased to announce the link opens in new tab or window2020 Fisheries Habitat Restoration (FHR) Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN)(PDF) and the link opens in new tab or window2020 FHR Guidelines (PDF). The 2020 FHR PSN will be open from March 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. through May 1, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Applicants must apply online at link opens in new tab or For more information please see the 2020 PSN and 2020 Guidelines. You will need to download the 2020 Solicitation as a reference document to assure compliance with the Department of Fish and Wildlife's proposal requirements. Applicants should refer to the link opens in new tab or windowOnline Instructions (PDF) for information about how to complete the application and the Application Form Template (Word) to help organize your application. Additionally, review the link opens in new tab or windowFRGP PSN FAQ (PDF) for frequently asked questions.

The Fisheries Branch recently released its latest Fish Passage Priority List, which should be referenced when considering barrier removal projects.

CDFW will again 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 below for information on changes to the PSN and Guidelines. There will be several workshops reviewing the solicitation site-wide, including one online workshop.

Regional PSN contacts are below:

  • CDFW Region 1
    CDFW Contact: Trevor Tollefson, (707) 725-1072
  • CDFW Region 2
    CDFW Contact: Morgan Kilgour (916) 212-1268
  • CDFW Region 3
    CDFW Contact: Desiree Dela Vega (707) 576-2784
  • CDFW Region 4
    CDFW Contact: Suzanne DeLeon (831) 649-2945
  • CDFW Region 5
    CDFW Contact: Mary Larson (562) 342-7186 Available 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 3/23-3/27 for questions.