2021 Request For Proposals
The FY21 California Fish Passage Forum project funding opportunity closed on October 16, 2020.
*The information below pertains to the FY21 RFP and is provided as reference.*

The California Fish Passage Forum (Forum) is pleased to announce its FY2021 funding opportunity. Each year the Forum provides a total of roughly $100-150,000 in targeted funding. Projects eligible for this funding will help advance the Forum's mission to protect and revitalize anadromous fish populations within the Forum's geographic scope by restoring freshwater habitat connectivity throughout their historical range. As one of 20 nationally recognized fish habitat partnerships, this funding is made available to the Forum through the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 


Eligible Projects

Forum NFHP funds must be used for on-the-ground habitat projects and related project design and monitoring activities for fish passage projects. Types of eligible projects may include barrier removal or construction; barrier assessments to prioritize and plan barrier removals; and fish passage-related monitoring and community outreach and education actions.

NFHP funds may not be used for land acquisition in fee or easement, or research.


Successful Proposals

Preference will be given to proposals that address one or more fish passage barrier(s) that:

Learn more about the projects the Forum has funded in the past here.


Deadline for Proposal Submission

Proposals must be received via the Forum's online applicationwhere applicants can attach requested documents and save their application while they are developing it. If you would like to review the application in advance of completing the online form a PDF version of the application is available here.

The deadline for project proposal submission closed on October 16, 2020.

Notification of Awards

Initial notification of ranking of proposals eligible for funding could be made as early as winter 2021, however, funds are not likely to be awarded until spring 2021.  Please note that Forum funding for these projects is linked to the federal USFWS annual budget, which in recent years has been delayed due to the annual federal budget process. 


Reporting Expectations

Recipients of Forum funding are expected to provide triannual updates on project progress (April 1, August 1 & December 1), as well as a final report upon project completion that includes before and after photos of any barriers removed or remediated. 


To better understand the expectations the Forum has for reporting on project progress, you can review the project progress and accomplishments reporting form.


Supporting Information & Resources

The Forum's Objectives

(California Fish Passage Forum Strategic Framework 2018-2023)

  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. Coordinate funding mechanisms to remove fish passage barriers.

  4. Support state and federal permit coordination and streamlining.

  5. Facilitate plans to monitor and evaluate fish passage restoration effectiveness to ensure accountability.

  6. Encourage state and national policy and actions that support fish passage improvement in California.

  7. Implement education and outreach activities, targeting both the public and fish passage practitioners.


NFHP National Conservation Strategies

(NFHP National Conservation Strategies)

  1. Protect intact and healthy waters.

  2. Restore hydrologic conditions for fish.

  3. Reconnect fragmented fish habitats.

  4. Restore water quality.


USFWS Climate Change Strategies

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

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.


Other Relevant Documents & Resources

USFWS/NFHP Strategic Plan Objectives and Performance Measures (PDF)

California Fish Passage Forum 2021 RFP Application (PDF)

California Fish Passage Forum 2021 RFP Evaluation Criteria (PDF)

CFPF Budget template (xls)

California Fish Passage Forum's Fish Passage Barrier Removal Performance Measures & Monitoring Worksheet (PDF)



If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Forum Coordinator, Alicia Marrs, at aliciamarrs@cafishpassageforum.org.