Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program Funding Opportunities:

National Estuary Program (NEP) Watershed Protection and Restoration Grants


Current funding cycle

Ecology's most recent funding cycle closed on January 31, 2016.  

Applications Accepted Who’s Eligible Eligible Project Types Match Grant Limit
No current funding opportunities.        
Funding program guidelines and instructions

2015 Riparian Grant Solicitation

Additional grant or program information

History of the Grant Program

Puget Sound is one of 28 estuaries of national significance as designated by the National Estuary Program (NEP). Under this program, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) receives federal funding to support local efforts to protect and restore Puget Sound. These funds are used for financial assistance to state, local and Tribal governments for their efforts to implement the Puget Sound Action Agenda. In January 2011, EPA selected the Washington Departments of Ecology and Commerce to receive a grant for “Watershed Protection and Restoration”. This established a six-year grant program under which the state agencies receive annual allotments from EPA and pass through a large part of the funding as sub awards to other entities such as local governments.

With this funding, Ecology and Commerce are coordinating a six-year implementation strategy to protect and restore watersheds that drain into Puget Sound. This strategy is based on working in partnership with local and tribal governments and other regional entities to implement practical solutions that advance the priorities of the Puget Sound Action Agenda toward achieving the ecosystem recovery targets set by Puget Sound Partnership (PSP).

Commerce and Ecology are implementing programs across four activity areas: Watershed characterization, improving land use and protecting rural working lands, managing stormwater, and implementing other watershed protection and restoration projects. Our primary goal is to protect and restore ecosystem processes, structures, and functions within a watershed context. This program has received a total of approximately $23.9 million.

Funding Source

Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 under the National Estuary Program (Federal Grant Program No. 66.123 - Puget Sound Action Agenda: Technical Investigations and Implementation Assistance Program).

Contact Us

Carrie Byron
Project Lead
Watershed Protection and Restoration Grants
Phone: 425-649-4451
Lauren Driscoll
Fund Manager
Watershed Protection and Restoration Grants
Phone: 360-407-7045


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