CALIFORNIA FISH PASSAGE FORUM
FY24 Request for Proposals
**All proposals must be submitted via the Forum’s online application by 5pm PT March 17, 2023**
As one of 20 nationally recognized fish habitat partnerships (FHPs) under the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) the California Fish Passage Forum (Forum) is pleased to announce its FY2024 funding opportunity. Since its recognition as an FHP in 2012, the Forum has received 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. In FY24 the Forum expects to provide a total of roughly $150-250,000 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.
Forum NFHP funds must be used for on-the-ground habitat projects and related project design, assessment, monitoring, and outreach activities for fish passage projects. Types of eligible projects may include barrier removal or construction; barrier assessments to prioritize and plan barrier removals; fish passage-related monitoring; research; land acquisition/easements; and community outreach and education actions.
All projects are required to include monitoring and evaluation plans, an outreach and education component, and demonstrate 1:1 non-federal match(tribal led projects are exempt from 1:1 match non-federal match requirement).
Preference will be given to proposals that address one or more fish passage barrier(s) that:
Benefit at least one of the Forum’s priority fish species, streams, rivers and/or anadromous fish habitats throughout their historical range;
Can be fully completed within 18-24 months;
Address a barrier listed in the California Passage Assessment Database (PAD);
Address a priority identified by state, tribal, and/or federal agency(s);
Address actions/barriers listed in a key restoration plan for the region;
Include plans for monitoring and evaluation;
Has an outreach and education component;
Contain a detailed budget outlining how Forum funding will be applied and ALL partner match (cash and in-kind);
Leverage at least 1:1 non-federal match (in-kind and/or cash);
Align with one or more of the Forum’s seven objectives
Align with one or more of NFHP’s FY24 National Conservation Strategies
Learn more about the projects the Forum has funded in the past here.
Preview the evaluation criteria the Forum plans to use when considering FY24 proposals here.
New Requirements Under the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act
In late 2020, the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act (S. 3501) was signed into law by the President after receiving unanimous bipartisan support in both houses of Congress. In addition to supporting other important conservation programs and initiatives, the ACE Act codified NFHP at the national level and created a path for funding authorization for one of the most successful voluntary conservation efforts in the nation. Due to the passage of the ACE Act, NFHP and all 20 FHPs (including the Forum), continue to navigate a transitional period with the establishment of a new national NFHP Board, as well as changes to funding timelines, project selection criteria, and project recommendation processes.
As we continue to navigate this transition the Forum please note the following changes to some of the requirements and criteria associated with this funding associated with the passage and implementation of the ACE Act.
1:1 non-federal match is now required for all projects
All NFHP funded projects must include an outreach/education component
Monitoring and evaluation measures must be included as part of the project application
Special considerations for tribal organizations:
If the project proponent is a tribal organization 1:1 non-federal match is not required.
Any match/contributions (cash or in-kind) provided by a tribal organization for a project can be considered non-federal match.
Deadline for Proposal Submission
Proposals must be received via the Forum’s online application, where 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 extended deadline for project proposal submissions is 5:00 pm PT on March 17, 2023.
Notification of Awards
Initial notification of ranking of proposals eligible for funding could be made as early as summer 2023, however, funds awarded through this RFP are tied to the FY24 federal budget and are not likely to be awarded until spring 2024 at the earliest (in recent years delays in the delays in the federal budget process have meant these funds have not been available until early summer).
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 descriptions of all objectives met, associated deliverables, and 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
- Remediate barriers to effective fish migration.
- Facilitate coordination and communication among agencies, agency staff, and other entities that may propose, review, or promulgate fish passage projects within California.
- Coordinate funding mechanisms to remove fish passage barriers.
- Support state and federal permit coordination and streamlining.
- Facilitate plans to monitor and evaluate fish passage restoration effectiveness to ensure accountability.
- Encourage state and national policy and actions that support fish passage improvement in California.
- Implement education and outreach activities, targeting both the public and fish passage practitioners.
FY24 NFHP National Conservation Strategies
Priority 1: Conserve waters and habitats where all processes and functions are operating within their expected range or natural variation.
Priority 2: Conserve hydrologic conditions for fish.
Priority 3: Conserve physical and living habitats and features that support viable and sustainable species and/or populations in impacted or at-risk systems.
Priority 4: Reconnect fragmented fish habitats
Priority 5: Conserve water quality for fish.
Priority 6: Support the structure and function of fish habitat partnerships (FHPs).
Priority 7: Enhance recreational, commercial, subsistence, and traditional fishing opportunities when conducting projects that conserve fish habitat.
Other Relevant Documents & Resources
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