Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP) distributes funds through a competitive project evaluation and selection process that results in an "Investment Plan" or ranked project list. New project proposals are solicited through a Request for Proposals (RFP) and evaluated by a technical review team made up of members from multiple agencies and organizations throughout Puget Sound. This team ranks projects using criteria made available to project applicants as they develop proposals. This evaluation results in a fair process that identifies the most promising restoration and protection opportunities.
With support from the Legislature, ESRP continues to administer a Sound-wide competitive review of grant proposals resulting in a prioritized project list for each fiscal biennium. The 2021-23 ESRP appropriation was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Inslee, providing $15,708,000 for nearshore restoration investments. This provides funding for dozens of projects across Puget Sound as well as the Shore Friendly program.
A strong link to science, paired with an ecosystem-scale approach, ensures that ESRP’s investment decisions are strategic and that the program's efforts will translate into healthy and resilient estuaries, bays, and shorelines.
Today, ESRP is a partnership between the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Recreation and Conservation Office, and the Puget Sound Partnership, and is comprised of four grant programs:
Restoration and protection
Restoration and Protection
The Restoration and Protection grant program focuses on protecting and restoring the natural processes that create and sustain the nearshore ecosystem. The intent is to regain some of the ecosystem goods and services that have been lost as a result of more than a century of human development in the region.
The 2022 ESRP Restoration and Protection grant program is now open. For more information including the current schedule, visit the ESRP Restoration and Protection Grant Program page.
Regional Pre-Design grants are key investments that inform our ESRP Learning Program. These projects direct future investments by investigating potential restoration outcomes at a regional and ecosystem scale to directly inform construction siting and design. The projects help us understand how we can improve the effectiveness of habitat restoration in Puget Sound.
The 2022 ESRP Regional Pre-Design grant competition is now open. For more information, visit the ESRP Regional Pre-Design Projects page.
For more information about currently and previously funded projects, visit the Salish Sea Wiki page.
The Small Grants Program has similar goals as the restoration and protection program with a focus on local engagement and restoring and protecting beach systems. Projects are eligible to receive awards between $30,000 and $150,000. At least $500,000 is available each biennium for the program.
The 2022 ESRP Small Grants Program grant program is now open. For more information including the current schedule, visit the ESRP Small Grants Program page.