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Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP) Grant

Grants to California, Oregon, and Washington Nonprofits, Agencies,
IHEs, Schools, and Landowners to Protect Aquatic Ecosystems

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Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP)

Deadline Date:

11/14/19 5:00 PM PST


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Grants generally ranging from $30,000 to $60,000 to California, Oregon, and Washington nonprofit organizations, agencies, universities, schools, and private landowners for projects to improve the availability or quality of habitat for juvenile fish in nearshore and estuarine waters. Funding is intended for projects to benefit focal species along the West Coast.

PMEP is one of 20 regional fish habitat partnerships in the United States. Its mission is to provide science, data, and funding to conserve and restore West Coast nearshore marine and estuarine fish habitat. PMEP is advancing estuarine habitat classification and mapping and is gathering and assessing information about estuarine and nearshore marine fish habitat use. It also prioritizes and funds fish habitat restoration projects through a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP).

Eligible projects:

  • Restoration and protection projects - PMEP funding may be used to pay for a small habitat restoration or protection project or parts of a larger project. Restoration and protection projects should clearly describe the need for the project relative to regional or local restoration and protection planning efforts. Proposals should clearly detail which part of the proposed project will utilize PMEP funds in the project budget.
  • Assessment projects - PMEP will fund assessment projects that fill data gaps identified for estuary and nearshore marine fish habitats in its region. Proposals should clearly justify the assessment in relation to needs identified in PMEP or other planning documents. PMEP encourages projects that assess the effectiveness of restoration techniques. If PMEP funds will be used to pay for a part of a larger assessment project, proposals should clearly detail which part of the project will utilize PMEP funds in the project budget. Any data collected should conform with data collection methods recommended or used in PMEP assessments. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 164229

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Individual project awards are generally between $30,000 and $60,000.
- Strong project proposals that request less than $50,000 will be given precedence in an effort to fund a diverse portfolio of projects. However, proposals of particular merit may be funded at a higher level at the discretion of the review panel.

Term of Contract:

The project or portion of a project that PMEP funds must be completed within two years and all PMEP funding should be spent during that time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include state, tribal, and federal management agencies, nongovernmental organizations (e.g. conservation groups, community associations, watershed councils, cooperatives, civic groups), municipalities, universities, schools, private landowners, and local governments.

PMEP will not consider projects that:
- Place large woody debris, without addressing long-term habitat quality improvements or other means of restoring connectivity and function.
- Conduct salmonid-only habitat use assessments. Habitat use assessments must be primarily designed to elucidate the use of estuary or nearshore habitat by non-salmonid PMEP focal species. Assessments that focus on multiple species are preferred.
- Modify rather than remove tide gates, unless the project will significantly improve both habitat connectivity and fish passage to areas above the tide gate.
- Are located above impassable barriers.
- Are primarily research studies (fish habitat assessment projects can be funded and are not considered research).
- Conduct long-term monitoring (this includes long term monitoring of fish populations).

Ineligible costs:
- Pre-award costs associated with preliminary design, surveys, and appraisals.
- Realty costs (e.g., lease or purchase interests in real property or to make rental or other land-use incentive payments to landowners). Operation and maintenance of facilities or structures. This applies to buildings and structures only and not to maintenance or construction of earthen structures.
- Actions required by existing regulatory programs, except that funds may support activities under voluntary agreements that exceed regulatory requirements for conserving habitats (e.g., hydropower licensing in which the licensee enters into a voluntary agreement to restore habitat that exceeds regulatory requirements).
- Incentive payments.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for project funding:
- November 14, 2019: Proposals due 5:00PM PST
- November 2019: Proposal evaluation and project ranking by PMEP committees
- December 5, 2019: Final approval of ranked project list by PMEP Steering Committee
- January, 2020: Notification of project ranking (not award notification)
- Summer, 2020: Announcement of award recipients
- Summer 2020: Funding available

All projects must show financial match and broad-based support for the work, though no specific match amounts are required.

PMEP will award a total of $100,000-$150,000 in 2019 for projects that advance its mission. This amount is based on funding received from the USFWS and NFHP for this purpose. The exact amount of funding available varies annually and is not known at this time.

Note: You must complete the application in one session. You cannot save your answers and return to the application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have any questions, please contact the PMEP Coordinator (

PMEP Coordinator
c/o Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
205 SE Spokane Street, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97202

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