Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program Funding Opportunities:

National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation (NCWC) Grant Program is a competitive matching grants program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands of coastal States and the Trust Territories. Although only state agencies are eligible applicants, Ecology is encouraged by USFWS to partner with tribes, cities, counties, land trusts, and other state and federal agencies. Partner organizations will be considered subgrantees for any successfully awarded projects. 


Current Funding Cycle

Applications are due in June each year. For federal fiscal year 2018 there will be ~$17 million available. If your organization is interested in being a subgrantee and having Ecology sponsor an application, please contact Heather Kapust at or 360-407-0239 to discuss the proposal and application process. 

Applications Accepted Who’s Eligible Eligible Project Types Match Grant Limit
  • February: Ecology and USFWS will be working with potential applicants to assess and develop project concepts.

  • March 20-24: Site visits with Ecology and USFWS staff.

  • May 1: Draft applications due to Ecology

  • June 1: Second draft (if needed) due to Ecology and USFWS 

  • June 19: Final applications due at NOON to Ecology for submittal

  • June 30: Ecology will submit applications to USFWS via

Only State agencies are eligible to apply for NCWC grants, however, the Department of Ecology has a strong interest in supporting projects from partner organizations that will conserve coastal wetlands. 
  •  Acquisition of a real property interest in coastal lands or waters from willing sellers or partners (coastal wetlands ecosystems), providing that the terms and conditions will ensure the real property will be administered for long-term conservation
  • The restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems, providing restoration, enhancement, or management will be administered for long-term conservation.
A minimum 25% match is required, however, additional points are awarded for match above the minimum amount. Match is to be provided by subgrantee. Ecology does not provide matching funds.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) expects that approximately $17 million will be available for grants through the NCWCG Program in FY 2018. Awards typically range from $125,000 (there is no specific minimum) to a maximum of $1,000,000.

Funding program guidelines
Additional grant or program information

Contact us

Heather Kapust
Grant Manager
Phone: (360) 407-0239


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