National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation (NCWC) Grant Program is a 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. Using matching funds from this grant program, Ecology has partnered with tribes, cities, counties, federal and state agencies and others to acquire, restore, and enhance coastal wetlands throughout Washington. Applications are due in June each year.

If you plan on applying for a grant, contact Heather Kapust at or 360-407-0239 so Ecology can make all the necessary arrangements. Detailed grant information can be found on the following web pages:

Grant-funded Projects in Washington

Ecology awarded 2014 grants for 3 projects

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Elliott Slough Acquisition:  Ecology, in partnership with the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust was awarded $310,000 to permanently protect 175 acres of high quality coastal surge plain and 6 miles of sloughs at the head of Grays Harbor, in Grays Harbor County. This acquisition is part of a larger effort to conserve the Chehalis River Surge Plain and is located next to a State Natural Area Preserve and an Audubon Society preserve.

Lower Naselle – Ellsworth Creek Acquisition:  Ecology, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), was awarded $921,767 to conserve 386 acres of estuarine wetlands and adjacent uplands at Willapa Bay in Pacific County. This project includes estuarine tidal lands along the Lower Naselle River and within TNC’s adjacent Ellsworth Creek Preserve. The project supports ongoing conservation efforts of a large number of agencies and partners, including the nearby Willapa Bay National Wildlife Refuge, to protect and restore the bay.

Skokomish Estuary Restoration – Phase 2:  Ecology, in partnership with the Mason Conservation District and Skokomish Tribe, was awarded $1,000,000 to complete the restoration of estuarine wetlands located on the Skokomish Reservation at the mouth of the Skokomish River in Mason County. The project builds upon the successful work of Phase 1, with the goal of restoring natural processes, functions, and species to an 825 acre area of the Skokomish estuary, which contains a variety of nationally declining wetland types.

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