The California Fish Passage Forum receives funding through NFHP (via the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)) to advance shared goals of protecting, restoring, and enhancing fish habitat – with the Forum’s specific focus on anadromous fish populations in California.

The Forum will award an estimated $250,000-$350,000 in FY2025 for projects that advance its mission. This amount is based on previous funding received from the NFHP for this purpose. The exact amount of funding available varies annually and is not known currently. To fund a diverse portfolio of projects, strong project proposals that request less than $100,000 are preferred. However, proposals of particular merit may be funded at a higher level, at the Forums discretion.

Why apply for the California Fish Passage Funding opportunity?

  • Good source of cost-share for your project.

  • Funding for unanticipated design needs or design cost increases.

  • Funding for implementation cost overruns and cost increases due to inflation.

  • Funding for project monitoring.

  • Consultations with permitting advisors to assist with permitting your project.

Recommendation to applicants: This funding opportunity prioritizes projects with a 1:1 non-federal match. However, we welcome applications before all match is secured.

This funding opportunity is made possible by the National Fish Habitat Partnership, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn more about NFHP at

How to Apply

To apply for funding, complete and submit the online application and attach the above appendices.

Notice of Award

Notification of awards will be made in the summer of 2024, and funds are expected to be awarded in the summer of 2025. Please note that this funding is linked to the federal budget. If you have any questions, please contact the Forum Coordinator.