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Funding Opportunities
Introduction
Funding Categories

The Puget Sound Partnership is providing this web page as a common access point for information about funding opportunities and investments resulting from federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) financial assistance targeted at four categories of Puget Sound ecosystem protection and restoration. This web page provides information and links about funding categories, investment strategies, direct environmental investments, competitive sub-awards, and requests for proposals.

Funding Opportunities

Lead Organizations will invest in the following areas and expect to request proposals:

Specific information about funding opportunities, including how to apply is available at the links above. Some projects may involve more than one solicitation, please submit separate applications for each.

Lead Organizations do not accept unsolicited proposals - only those submitted in response to Request For Proposals. Lead Organizations may make direct awards to agencies if such actions are specifically identified in a six-year investment strategy. To ensure that your needs are adequately considered in the context of many competing priorities, we encourage you to help the Partnership update the Action Agenda, and review the six year investment strategies that LOs are developing.

Introduction

EPA provided funding to Washington state agencies to develop and implement six-year strategies for four categories of Puget Sound ecosystem protection and restoration. EPA funds for the four categories total $12 million for the first year, $3 million for each category. EPA expects to provide approximately $5.5 million in addition to each Lead Organization in the second year. Potentially EPA could provide up to $192 million over the next six years, dependent on federal appropriations. Lead organizations are making early direct investments to move their strategies forward and implement specific tasks and actions identified in the 2008 Puget Sound Action Agenda.

In addition, the Partnership and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) have cooperative agreements with EPA. The Partnership’s funding will focus on regional engagement and managing the implementation of the Action Agenda. The Commission awarded grants to the 19 federally recognized tribes in Puget Sound to implement high priority projects identified in the Action Agenda. Lead organizations will also request competitive proposals for certain work.

This funding is a small part of the overall funding that supports the conservation and restoration of Puget Sound. For more information on other grant and loan funding for protection and restorations projects in Puget Sound visit:

Washington state Recreation and Conservation Office website
Washington state Department of Ecology website

Funding Categories

Marine and nearshore protection and restoration category focuses on: Adaptive management, effective regulation and stewardship, strategic capital investments, and programs that address high priority threats to the marine and nearshore ecosystem. Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources are the lead organizations for this category.

For more information, please contact:
Maggie Mckeown, WDNR: Margaret.Mckeown@dnr.wa.gov, 360.902.1072

Watershed protection and restoration category focuses on: Watershed characterization, land use and working lands, strategies to manage stormwater and strategies to protect and restore watershed ecosystems. Departments of Ecology and Commerce are the lead organizations for this work.

For more information, please contact:
Kim Harper, Ecology: KHAR461@ECY.WA.GOV, 425.649.4451
Doug Peters, Department of Commerce: doug.peters@commerce.wa.gov, 360.725.3046

Toxics and nutrients prevention, reduction and control category focuses on: Reducing toxic chemicals in products, preventing toxic chemicals in stormwater, determining the how human sources of nutrients affect Puget Sound, and reducing nutrient loadings in a prioritized fashion. Department of Ecology is the lead organization for this category.

For more information, please contact:
Andrew Kolosseus, Department of Ecology: AKOL461@ECY.WA.GOV, 360.407.7543

Pathogen prevention, reduction and control category focuses on: Implementing local on-site sewage management plans, establishing sustainable local nonpoint pollution identification and correction programs, and reducing pathogen loadings through improved manure management. Departments of Health and Ecology are the lead organizations.

For more information, please contact:
Mary Knackstedt, Department of Health: Mary.Knackstedt@DOH.WA.GOV, 360.236.3319