Funding Opportunities


The California Fish Passage Forum Announces

2018 Request for Proposals


The 2018 RFP is now open. Deadline to apply is November 15, 2017.


Memorial Park Fish Passage Project


The California Fish Passage Forum, one of 19 nationally recognized fish habitat partnerships, is seeking project proposals to award a total of $100,000-$150,000 toward fish passage projects in California that advance the Forum's mission to protect and revitalize anadromous fish populations in California by restoring connectivity of freshwater habitats throughout their historic range.

Projects we Seek to Fund:

Preference will be given to a barrier that can be fully remediated within 24 months, is listed in the Passage Assessment Database, is a priority identified by state and federal agencies, is listed in a key restoration plan for the region, has alignment with the Forum’s nine overall objectives, has alignment with national priorities, and has alignment with USFWS Climate Change strategies.


The Forum's nine objectives are:

  1. Remediate barriers to effective fish migration.
  2. Facilitate coordination and communication among agencies, agency staff, and other entities that may propose, review, or promulgate fish passage projects within California.
  3. Identify, assess and prioritize the removal of fish passage barriers.
  4. Disseminate guidelines and design criteria for replacement of barriers.
  5. Coordinate funding mechanisms to remove fish passage barriers.
  6. Support state and federal permit coordination and streamlining.
  7. Facilitate plans to monitor and evaluate fish passage restoration effectiveness to ensure accountability.
  8. Encourage state and national policy and actions that support fish passage improvement in California.
  9. Implement education and outreach activities, targeting both the general public and fish passage practitioners.

The National Priorities are:

  1. Protect intact and healthy waters.
  2. Restore hydrologic conditions for fish.
  3. Reconnect fragmented fish habitats.
  4. Restore water quality.

The USFWS Climate Change Strategies are:

3.1 Take conservation action for climate-vulnerable species.

3.2 Promote habitat connectivity and integrity.

3.3 Reduce non-climate change ecosystem stressors.

3.4 Identify and fill priority freshwater needs.

3.5 Conserve coastal and marine resources.

3.6 Manage genetic resources.

3.7 Reduce susceptibility to diseases, pathogens, and pests.

3.8 Address fish and wildlife needs in renewable energy development.

3.9 Foster international collaboration for landscape conservation.

Deadline for Proposal Submission

The deadline for project proposal submissions is November 15, 2017. The Forum requests that you complete its online application, which allows you to attach requested documents. If you would like to review the application in advance of completing the online form, a .pdf version of the application can be accessed here.

Notification of Awards

Notifications of 2018 awards will be made in late December 2017, and funds are expected to be awarded in the spring of 2018. However, please note that Forum funding is linked to the federal USFWS budget, and we have experienced delays in disbursing funds each year as a result of delays in Congress passing the federal budget/spend bill.


Reporting Accomplishments

When the Forum funds projects, it expects project recipients to provide updates on project progress. To better understand the expectations the Forum has for reporting on project progress, you can review the project accomplishment form.

Relevant documents to assist in completing the 2018 RFP:

USFWS: Rising to the Urgent Challenge - Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change

California Fish Passage Forum Strategic Framework

USFWS/NFHP Strategic Plan Objectives and Performance Measures

Budget template


If you have any questions:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Forum Coordinator Lisa DeBruyckere @