Salmon Recovery Funding Board | LARGE CAP GRANT ROUND



The UCSRB is the Lead Entity (LE) for the UC. “Lead Entities” is a term used by the state to define a county, city, conservation district, special district, tribal government, regional recovery organization, or other entity that is responsible for submitting a project list to the SRFB for funding consideration. The UCSRB is also the state-designated regional recovery organization and the LE is responsible for facilitating the process of compiling one project list and to submit that list for funding consideration to the SRFB. The UC regional approach to pursing both mitigation and recovery funds from all available sources is the result of years of collaborative work on the part of all interested parties to establish an effective and efficient process. Regional project and funding coordination is an on-going process. The details are identified from the Recovery Plan’s Implementation Schedule and developed within each of the Watershed Action Teams (WATs) in the region.

The Fall 2022 Large Cap Grant Round is a unique funding opportunity made available by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The WA state legislature appropriated $50 million statewide for large cap ($5 million or greater) projects that will benefit salmon recovery. The Fall 2022 Large Cap Grant Round will fund a single project in the UC with a total value of $5 million and that has completed preliminary designs by December 1, 2022.

The Lead Entity (LE) Coordinator will help facilitate the movement of proposals through the review process. This includes assuring that the RTT, BPA, TRIB, and Citizens’ Committees receive copies at appropriate times. Project sponsors should begin working with the LE early in the process to engage available services that will assist in developing competitive proposals for SRFB, TRIB, or BPA funding. 

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Staff Contact:

Dave Hecker

[email protected]


Upper Columbia SRFB Fall 2022 Large Cap

Grant Round Funding Schedule

July 6 Action: Regional Pre-application (JotForm) available on UCSRB website (precursor to gaining PRISM access) Sponsors Online/Email LE
July 6 – 25 Action: UCSRB distributes guidance via email and at July WATs LE, Sponsors, Email & WATs LE
August 10 Meeting: Presentations to RTT and CACs (Initial feedback opportunity) Sponsors, RTT, CACs RTT Meeting RTT
August 12 Deadline: Regional Pre-Application (JotForm) due (precursor to gaining PRISM access) Sponsors, LE JotForm LE
August 30 Deadline: PRISM Applications due Sponsors, LE PRISM LE, RCO
September 14


Meeting: Sponsors conduct virtual site tours Sponsors, LE, RTT, CACs, SRFB Review Panel Virtual  



September 14


Meeting: RTT project Scoring RTT, CAC, LE RTT Meeting RTT
September 23 Action: SRFB Review Panel Comments Distributed SRFB Review Panel, LE, Sponsors Emails/ PRISM LE
September 28 Meeting: CAC project ranking CAC’s, LE TBD LE

October 1


Deadline:  Ranked funding list submitted to RCO LE Email/ PRISM LE
October – TBD Meeting: (optional) Phone calls with SRFB Review Panel – feedback  

Sponsors, SRFB Review Panel, LE


Conference Call LE
November Action: Applicants resolve any substantive concerns from SRFB Review Panel SRFB Review Panel, RCO  N/A RCO
December 1 Deadline: Resubmittal Deadline; Completed Preliminary Designs due Sponsors PRISM LE
December 7-8 Action: SRFB Decisions LE Olympia, WA RCO




CAC- Citizen’s Advisory Committee

LE- Lead Entity Coordinator/Program

RCO – Recreation and Conservation Office

RTT- Upper Columbia Regional Technical Team

SRFB – Salmon Recovery Funding Board

SRFB Review Panel – State Review Panel

TRIB- Tributary Committees

UC- Upper Columbia Region

UCSRB – Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board


Only the following are eligible to receive funding:

  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Conservation districts
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes
  • Regional fisheries enhancement groups
  • Special purpose districts

Nonprofit organizations registered with Washington’s Office of the Secretary of State. A nonprofit charter, organizational documents, or corporate purposes must include authority for the protection or enhancement of natural resources, such as salmon or salmon habitat, or related recovery activities. The charter must provide for an equivalent successor organization under the SRFB grant agreement in case the nonprofit dissolves.

Private landowners if they are private citizens and the restoration or planning projects are on their land. Individuals may not acquire land using SRFB grants. Landowner donation of time spent implementing a project may be eligible for non-reimbursable match. When receiving SRFB funding, individuals should consider any potential tax liabilities and may want to consult a tax professional or the Washington Department of Revenue for advice. Each situation is different and RCO does not provide any tax guidance.

A state agency with a local partner that is independently eligible to be a grant applicant. The local partner must be involved in the planning and implementation of the project, and must provide an in-kind or cash contribution to the project. This contribution does not need to be used as match (for example with design-only projects, which do not require match); however, the contribution must be documented in PRISM upon project completion. A project Partner Contribution Form must be completed and submitted with the application. Please note that state agencies were not permitted to purchase land using 2013-15 or 2015-17 PSAR funds.

Federal agencies may not apply directly, but may collaborate with eligible applicants. Projects may occur on federal lands. Consider federal restrictions on using federal money for match when applying for a grant.