Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB)



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 UCSRB currently facilitates two approaches to funding projects in the region: (1) targeted process of habitat programmatic funds; and (2) traditional grant applications (a.k.a. “Open 6-Step Funding Process”).  The following guidance document focuses on the Open 6-Step Funding Process.

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 review 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]

Download SRFB and Targeted Investment Schedule 2022


Upper Columbia SRFB/Targeted Investments/ TRIB
2022 Funding Schedule
February 9 Meeting: SRFB/TRIB Kick-Off Meeting LE, RTT, TRIB, Sponsors, RCO Virtual – GoTo Meeting LE/RCO
February 28 Deadline:  Regional Project Pre-application (JotForm) submitted to Lead Entity Sponsors Online/Email LE
March 9-10 RTT Presentations (SRFB and TI) Sponsors, LE, RTT, TRIB, SRFB Review Panel, CAC TBD LE/RTT/CAC
April 20 Deadline:  Complete applications due Sponsors, LE, RCO PRISM LE
May 9, 10, 11 & 12 Tours:  SRFB/TRIB Project Tours Sponsors, LE, RTT, TRIB, SRFB SRP, CAC TBD  


Wenatchee Tour
Entiat Tour
Methow Tour


May 12 Action:  TRIB reviews draft proposals TRIB TRIB  

TRIB Chair


May 17 Action:  TRIB provide comments TRIB Emails TRIB Chair
May 18 Lead entity feedback (optional) LE PRISM  


May 19, Noon DEADLINE: Final proposals due for regional scoring and ranking Sponsors, LE, RCO, SRFB Review Panel, RTT, CAC, TRIB PRISM LE
May 25 First Comment Form: Sponsors receive project status (clear, conditioned, NMI or POC) SRFB Review Panel, LE, Sponsors Email/Prism LE
June 7


Action: (optional) Discuss projects identified as conditioned, NMI or POC Sponsors, RCO, SRFB Review Panel, LE Conference Call LE/RCO
June 8 Action: RTT review/scoring  



RTT Meeting RTT
June 9 Action: TRIB reviews final proposals TRIB TRIB Meeting TRIB Chair
June 13 & 14  

Presentations to Citizens: Okanogan/Chelan CAC’s


Sponsors, CAC’s, RTT, LE TBD LE
June 15 Action: TRIB Decisions TRIB Email TRIB Chair
June 23 CAC SRFB project rankings & selection of single Targeted Investment: Chelan/Okanogan CAC’s CAC’s, LE TBD LE
June 27, Noon DEADLINE: Final revised applications due in PRISM. LE submits letter of support to RCO for selected Targeted Investment project Sponsors, LE PRISM/ Email LE


July 13-14 Action: SRFB Review Panel completes comments. Score Targeted Investment projects  

SRFB Review Panel, RCO

July 21 Final Comment Form: Sponsors receive final SRFB Review Panel comments SRFB Review Panel, LE, Sponsors Email/Prism SRFB Review Panel
August 8 Deadline:  Sponsors must accept SRFB Review Panel conditions Sponsors Email/Prism LE/RCO
August 12 Deadline:  Regional Ranked List submitted to RCO LE PRISM LE/RCO
August 19 Deadline:  Regional Submittal LE Email LE
Sept 7 Final grant report available for public review RCO Email RCO
Sept 21 & 22 Action: SRFB Decisions SRFB Olympia, WA RCO


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.