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Grants to USA Organizations and Agencies in Multiple States to Support Fish Conservation Projects

National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) - Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) Funding


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and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
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Geographic Focus
USA: AlaskaArizonaCaliforniaColoradoIdahoMontanaNevadaNew MexicoOregonUtahWashingtonWyoming

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/22/24 5:00 PM MT Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA organizations and agencies in multiple states to support fish conservation projects. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations and letters of support must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects to protect, restore, enhance, and recover western native trout and char species and their habitats. Requests will be accepted from eligible applicants in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, California, and Nevada.

Western Native Trout Challenge (WNTI) is a collaborative effort between 12 western states, three federal agencies, sovereign tribes, private businesses and individuals, non-governmental conservation groups, and other organizations that seek to cooperatively conserve (protect, restore, enhance, and recover) 21 western native trout and char species and sub-species across their historic range. WNTI works to achieve this vision by funding locally-based efforts that raise awareness for the importance of native trout and focus limited financial and human resources toward the highest-impact, locally-led, on-the-ground projects.  

All NFHP-funded projects must include an outreach/education component and a monitoring and evaluation component.

FY2025 project proposals must fall under at least one of the NFHP National Conservation Priorities (NCPs):

  1. Conserve waters and habitats where all processes and functions are operating within their expected range or natural variation
  2. Conserve hydrologic conditions for fish
  3. Conserve physical and living habitats and features that support viable and sustainable species and/or populations in impacted or at-risk systems
  4. Reconnect fragmented fish habitats
  5. Conserve water quality for fish
  6. Support the structure and function of Fish Habitat Partnerships (FHPs)
  7. Enhance recreational, commercial, subsistence, and traditional fishing opportunities when conducting projects that conserve fish habitat

More detail can be found at: ;  

WNTI Goals:

  1. Protect, enhance, or restore western native trout populations
  2. Protect intact watersheds and enhance or restore habitats that have been impacted by human activities or catastrophic natural events
  3. Develop collaborative approaches and partnerships among agencies and stakeholders that emphasize cooperation and shared effort, and increased funding to implement high-priority projects for the conservation (protection, restoration, and recovery) of western native trout
  4. Develop and implement effective communication, education, and outreach programs as a tool to increase public awareness of WNTI and the NFHP effort and encourage partnerships that benefit western native trout

WNTI's Priorities:

  • Actions that provide long-term protection of intact and healthy aquatic ecosystems that support priority populations
  • Restoration projects
    • Actions that protect or enhance multiple populations
    • Actions that provide immediate benefits to enhancing the viability of priority populations (e.g., restoring habitat connectivity where populations are isolated or threatened)
    • Actions that support conservation of unique and rare functioning habitat, habitat diversity, life histories and genetic attributes
    • Actions that provide critical information needed for assessing success and making adaptive management decisions

WNTI’s FY25 Species of Emphasis:  

  • NFHP project funding awarded in calendar years 2025-2027: Gila Trout, Bull Trout, Golden Trout as a species group (California Golden Trout, Little Kern Golden Trout).
  • Proposals for NFHP funding for WNTI’s other focal species will still be considered but will need to meet a high standard in terms of project quality and impact to one or more of our 21 focal species in their historic ranges order to be funded.

For more information about WNTI's species priorities, see:

For examples of eligible projects, see:

For information about WNTI Requirements, see:

For information about NFHP requirements, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
WNTI is a collaborative effort between 12 western states, three federal agencies, sovereign tribes, private businesses and individuals, non-governmental conservation groups, and other organizations.

The ACE Act allows a state, local government, or other non-federal entity to receive NFHP funds for the acquisition of real property from willing sellers if the acquisition ensures public access for fish and wildlife-dependent recreation or contributes a scientifically based, direct enhancement to the health of fish and fish populations as determined by the NFHP Board.

Funds may not be used for research. In addition, the Western Native Trout Initiative will not consider:
1. Late requests or incomplete applications
2. Requests for projects or programs already completed
3. Reimbursement of items purchased before the project is approved or awarded
4. Participating in or funding of any political campaign on behalf of any issues, organizations, or candidates
5. Projects without a monitoring plan
6. Requests for funding for general organizational operating revenue, or solely for staff salaries and benefits

Pre-Application Information
Applications to WNTI are due in the online portal by 5:00 p.m. Mountain time on Monday January 22, 2024.

- All organizations that receive NFHP funding are required to complete all requirements for federal grants, including registration on the federal System for Award Management (, Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), and Grants Solutions grant management system.

- Also required:
• Letter of support from your state fish and wildlife agency (this is mandatory for all projects except those located on tribal lands).
• If your project is located on private land, a consent letter is also required from the private landowner

- All real property acquisition projects funded with NFHP funds must be approved by the state agency in the state in which the project is occurring. Please contact WNTI’s Coordinator if you have a project request that includes real property acquisition.

- The ACE Act included special considerations for Tribes that the Foundation is still awaiting interpretation of. Please contact WNTI’s Coordinator if you have a project on Tribal land.

- Grants are paid on a reimbursable basis.

- Successful proposals must demonstrate a minimum 1:1 non-federal match, which may include cash, time, materials, or other services.

- All federal funding requires environmental compliance documents (Federal Assistance Biological Assistance/ Endangered Species Act Evaluation Form, National Environmental Policy Act Exclusion, and National Historic Preservation Act Form) to be approved prior to execution of a grant agreement.

Estimated Size of Grant
WNTI anticipates receiving between $150,000 and $230,000 in NFHP funds for FY2025 projects.

Typical funding per project is in the range of $25K-$50K.

Term of Contract
Funding for FY2025 projects will likely not be appropriated by Congress until after January 2025 and will likely not be available to project leaders until May 2025 or later. Actual project period of performance start date will be the date grant agreement funding documents are signed. Project objectives must be met within the project timeline once the grant agreement is executed.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions, please contact:
Therese Thompson, Project Coordinator
Western Native Trout Initiative

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