Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program Funding Opportunities:

Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) - Terry Husseman Account (THA) Grants







History of Grant Program

The Washington State Legislature created the Coastal Protection Fund (CPF) as a non-appropriated revolving fund to pay for projects that:

Within the Department of Ecology, the account is divided into the Spills sub-accounts (Natural Resource Damage Assessments and the John Bernhardt Account) and the Water Quality sub-account, known as the Terry Husseman Account (THA). Payments from penalties issued for water quality violations of the Water Pollution Control Act are deposited into the THA. The account’s purpose is to honor the past contributions and successes of Mr. Husseman in the field of environmental management.

This funding opportunity is limited to the Terry Husseman Account. THA Grants support locally sponsored projects to restore or enhance the natural environment. Typical projects address water quality issues and fish and wildlife habitat protection or enhancement in or adjacent to waters of the state, (i.e., streams, lakes, wetlands or the ocean). To be considered, a project must provide primary benefits to public resources (land or water stewardship) and affiliated infrastructure.

Funding Source

Current Funding Cycle

Project proposals are normally solicited one to two times per year from each of the Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) four regional offices, listed below. Project request cycles depend on current THA balance levels in a region’s sub-account. High account balances can occur when more penalties are issued statewide in one year as compared to other years. High balances also occur when less frequent and larger than normal penalties are issued.
Applications Accepted Who’s Eligible Eligible Project Types Match Grant Limit

Future funding cycles will be offered in the fall of 2017.

Applications for projects to address an Environmental Emergency or Statewide Significance may be submitted at any time. These projects must meet all the application criteria (below).

Consult the appropriate regional office contact.

  • Washington counties, cities, and municipalities
  • Other state-recognized local governments:
    • Conservation Districts
    • Special Purpose Districts (i.e. Ports and Public Utility Districts)
  • Federally recognized Tribal governments
  • State Agencies
  • Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEG)*
Projects that restore or enhance the natural environment No match requirement $50,000

Project Proposal Evaluations and Grant Award Decisions

Project proposals are evaluated and considered for funding by each region. Grant award decisions are based on:

Awards can be up to a maximum of $50,000. The typical grant award is less than $20,000. High priority projects with costs up to $50,000 may be placed on a "wait-to-fund" list if regional subaccount balances are low and more time is needed to successfully fund the project.

Evaluation and Scoring Criteria


Points (out of 50)

Environmental benefit, budget, and project outcomes


Stakeholder involvement, community support and local planning consistency


Schedule and readiness to proceed


Ineligible applicants

Private entities and non-profit organizations are not eligible for THA funds*.  However, they may partner with eligible entities to leverage other funding or add to a project’s total resource needs.

*Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEG) are an exception. In 1990, the Washington State Legislature created the RFEG Program to involve local communities, citizen volunteers, and landowners in the state’s salmon recovery efforts. Each of the 14 RFEGs works within a specific geographic region based on watershed boundaries.

Limitations on use of grant funds

Ecology doesn’t provide technical assistance for project development, design or implementation. All project responsibilities belong to the grant recipient. Any technical assistance needs must be covered by the project proposal and THA grant funds or other available financial or in-kind resources.

Grant funds may be used only to cover direct cost objects of employees working to implement the project itself or when there are extraordinary project costs that are not part of routine operations. Grant funds cannot be used for regular cost objects not directly associated with the project, such as salaries/benefits, routine management, overhead and operational support costs.

How to submit Terry Husseman Account project proposals

Applications are being accepted through EAGL (Ecology’s Administration of Grants and Loans).

Before you begin filling out the application form, we recommend you contact the appropriate Regional Fund Coordinator listed below by e-mail or telephone.

Contact us

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Amy Krause or your Regional Fund Coordinator listed below.

Amy Krause
Headquarters Fund Coordinator/Financial Manager
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Phone: 360-407-7107

Regional Fund Coordinators

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Which region is my project in?

Fund Coordinator

Counties covered

Tammy Riddell
Southwest Regional Office
P.O. Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775
Phone: 360-407-6295

Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Lewis,
Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum

Michelle Gilbert
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903-0009
Phone: 509-457-7139

Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima

Lynn Schmidt
Eastern Regional Office

N. 4601 Monroe
Spokane, Washington 99205-1295
Phone: 509-329-3413

Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant,
Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman

Ralph Svrjcek
Northwest Regional Office

3190 160th Ave. SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008-5452
Phone: 425-649-7165

Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom

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