Grant Details

National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) Base Funding - FY 2024 (2)

Agency: U.S. Department of Interior
CFDA: 15.685
Federal FON: F24AS00300
Office: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Fish and Aquatic Conservation (FAC)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: Rolling
Solicitation Date: 03/20/2024
Match Required: Recommended
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: $7,000,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $ 500 (Min) / $1,000,000 (Max)
Number of Awards: 100 (Estimated)

The purpose of this program is to provide direct technical and financial assistance to remove instream barriers and restore aquatic organism passage and aquatic connectivity for the benefit for federal trust resources. This program is intended to maintain or increase native fish populations to improve ecosystem resiliency and provide quality fishing experiences for the American people. Funding will support a variety of project types, including:

  • Dam removals
  • Culvert replacements
  • Floodplain restoration
  • Installation of fishways

Ultimately, this program works to restore native fish and other aquatic species to self-sustaining levels by reconnecting habitats fragmented by barriers, and also strives to deliver benefits to human communities through infrastructure improvements and other actions that increase resilience to climate change impacts.

In addition to monetary funding, the funding agency will provide:

  • Information on habitat needs of fish and other aquatic species
  • Methods for fish to bypass barriers
  • Technical engineering support to develop or review project designs and recommend the most cost-effective techniques
  • Assistance to partners in planning and prioritizing fish passage projects
  • Assistance in fulfilling environmental compliance requirements

Eligible activities include:

  • Project planning and feasibility studies
  • Engineering and design
  • Permitting
  • On-the-ground fish passage restoration
  • Near-term implementation monitoring
  • Project outreach
  • Capacity to manage project-related activities

This program is delivered through the funding agency's Fish and Aquatic Conservation (FAC) offices across states and territories. FAC staff will coordinate with project partners, stakeholders, and other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) programs to identify and collaboratively develop and implement projects within regional priority areas. Projects will be selected on a regional basis based upon regional priorities.

Last Updated: April 12, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants include:

  • State governments
  • County, city, and township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Private, public, and state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations with or without 501(c)(3) status
  • Small businesses
  • Other for-profit organizations
  • Federal agencies
  • Other entities

Eligible applicants may be located within U.S. territories.

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Academic Institutions
Native American Tribe
Non Profits
Private Sector
Schools/School Districts
State Government
Tribal Organizations/Institutions
Application Notes:

Prior to submitting applications, applicants must contact the appropriate regional program coordinator listed in the Contact file that corresponds to the location of the project to discuss regional priorities and project coordination with Fish and Aquatic Conservation (FAC) staff.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 5:00 p.m. ET on December 31, 2024. Program staff will determine appropriate deadlines for each applicant.

Applications must be submitted online at after receiving an invitation from the regional program coordinator.

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • Project abstract summary
  • Project narrative
  • SF 424A
  • Budget narrative
  • Conflict of interest disclosure
  • Uniform audit reporting statement
  • Certification regarding lobbying
  • Disclosure of lobbying activities
  • Overlap or duplication of effort statement

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration
  • SPOC (state Single Point of Contact) notification

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at Applicants in states participating in the SPOC program must contact the relevant SPOC listed in the SPOC file before applying.

Projects are selected on a regional basis based upon regional priorities; however, all applications will be evaluated based on the following basic criteria:

  • Show demonstrable ecological benefits for federal trust species and priority watersheds
  • Require minimum costs to the funding agency for operation and maintenance
  • Exhibit permanence of fish passage benefits
  • Make use of the most current scientific knowledge and proven technology
  • Have the greatest number of partners
  • Generate the maximum in matching fund contributions
  • Address funding agency species and watershed priorities shared by states and tribes, and meet objectives outlined in approved management plans
  • Provide benefits to disadvantaged communities
  • Provide benefits for community resilience to climate change

Refer to the NOFA file for additional application information.

Match Required: Recommended
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: $7,000,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $ 500 (Min) / $1,000,000 (Max)
Number of Awards: 100 (Estimated)
Match Notes:

Matching funds are not required for this program; however, this program seeks to secure 50 percent of total project costs from partners on a regional basis. Matching contributions may include any third-party cash or in-kind contributions from partners or other entities. Applications proposing matching contributions may receive preference in the application evaluation process.

Applicants may attribute some or all of their eligible indirect costs as voluntary committed matching contributions.

Funding Notes:

An estimated $7 million is available to support approximately 100 awards ranging from approximately $500 to $1 million through this program. In general, the expected range for awards is from $20,000 to $200,000.

Cooperative agreements are the primary assistance instrument for this program; however, the funding agency may also utilize grants, procurement instruments, interagency or intra-agency agreements, or Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units in accordance with federal regulations.

Awards are expected to be announced on a rolling basis, beginning in spring 2024.

Generally, the project period will be two years from the award signing date.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Fish passage projects that contribute to federal or state compensatory mitigation
  • Fish passage projects mandated by federal or state regulatory programs
  • Constructing, operating, or maintaining fish passage at facilities licensed or permitted by the federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Lobbying activities

For FY 2023, a total of $35 million was distributed via 39 awards ranging from $145,000 to $4 million through this program. Refer to the Award file for details.


Amy Horstman
(503) 704-7508

Agency Address
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to Amy Horstman, or to the appropriate regional program coordinator listed in the Contact file.

Applicants must contact the appropriate regional program coordinator to begin the application submission process. Applications must be submitted online at after receiving an invitation from the regional program coordinator.

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

NOFA File: US3118_NOFA_FY2024_2.pdf (182.3 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US3118_Contact_FY2024_2.pdf (71.4 Kb)
Award File: US3118_Award_FY2024_2.pdf (187.1 Kb)
Federal Forms:
SPOC (195.6 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program. The Contact file contains regional contact information for this program. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients. The SPOC file contains information on the state Single Point of Contact program. Additional information regarding previous awards can be found online at

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Grant Categories
Environment/Natural Resources
Water Supply/Quality