About this Conservation Program

Updates

Salmon Recovery Funding (SRF)

Applications received by Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. are now being reviewed. Awardees will be notified once the review is complete.

New applications are no longer being accepted.

Please contact your Regional Manager for questions.

New Riparian Grant Program  

In 2023, the WA State Legislature approved funding for SCC to run a voluntary riparian grant program for priority riparian restoration and protection. SCC has formed a work group and grants advisory committee to guide this work. View all meeting recordings and notes from the Riparian Work Group meetings below.

The comment period for the Riparian Grant Programmatic Guidelines has closed.

Thank you for all those that submitted feedback. Your input helps inform policies. This will allow SCC to ensure the proposed program will be a success.

All comments are now being reviewed and will be considered as guidelines are finalized. A special Commission meeting is scheduled for Feb. 28, 2024 to take action on next steps.

For any additional comments or questions, please contact Shana Joy.

What is Salmon Recovery Funding and the New Riparian Grant Program?  

SCC is committed to supporting private landowners’ voluntary stewardship of natural resources. This opportunity provides funding for projects to restore and protect riparian habitat.

The Salmon Recovery Funding (SRF) Program began in 2022, funded by the Washington State Legislature. SRF encourages incentive-based projects with landowners focusing on riparian restoration. In 2023, the Legislature allocated funding to support salmon recovery through streamside riparian habitat restoration and protection. SCC is working to develop this new Riparian Grants Program.

New Riparian Grants


A new appropriation of funds is coming to SCC in fiscal year 2024. SCC has formed a work group and advisory committee to guide this work. This new funding has a couple of components to be aware of. There are two separate appropriations as follows:

Salmon Riparian Restoration Program Outreach - $3,000,000

This is operating funding. The budget proviso language states, “One-time funding is provided solely to support the outreach, identification, and implementation of salmon riparian habitat restoration projects that are appropriated through the capital budget.”

New Riparian Grant Program - $25,000,000

This is capital funding. The budget proviso language states, “the appropriation is provided solely for the Commission to run a voluntary riparian grant program for priority riparian restoration and protection.....” Read the full proviso language here.  

Work Group

Thank you again to everyone who has volunteered to serve on the Riparian Grants Work Group to help the SCC draft programmatic guidelines for the new Riparian Grants Program. Notes and links to past meeting recordings are available below. Links to recordings are contained within the notes.

If interested in additional work group information, please contact Shana Joy.

Riparian Work Group Meetings: Notes and links to meeting recordings

Riparian Grants Advisory Committee

We formed a broader advisory committee of individuals requested to receive updates and information as the programmatic guidelines work progressed. We sent out periodic updates, drafts, and information at appropriate intervals during the timeline referenced above for the working group.

For any additional comments or questions or to be included in the advisory committee, please contact Shana Joy.

Next steps:

In coordination with the work group and advisory committee, SCC will present new draft programmatic guidelines to commissioners on Feb. 28, 2024 to take action on next steps.

SCC will also share updates about draft guidelines for new riparian grants with tribes, state agencies, agricultural and environmental representatives, local government, and others during the State Riparian Roundtable meetings.

Files & Publications

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What are the programs that are funded by the climate commitment act or CCA funding? SCC's total allocation of CCA funding adds up to over $86 million in funds.

If your program, project or grants are funded through the Climate Commitment Act (CCA), you will need to use the logo and/or the funding acknowledgement on any printed materials, digital materials or signage that is paid for with those dollars. The funding acknowledgement provides standard language for websites, press releases, public outreach materials and other related promotional products.

Funding

Salmon Recovery Funding (SRF)

Applications received by Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. are now being reviewed. Awardees will be notified once the review is complete.

New applications are no longer being accepted.

Please contact your Regional Manager for questions.

Riparian Grant Program (RGP) Funding

Please check back for future funding opportunities.

Success Stories from this Grant Program

Clallam Conservation District

Partnership Leads to Salmon Recovery Success

Over the past two years, Clallam Conservation District and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (LEKT) have teamed up to plant conifer trees along the Elwha River, each bringing different resources to the table.

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