The focus of the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) is to restore anadromous salmonid habitat with the goal of ensuring the survival and protection of Coho salmon, Steelhead trout, Chinook salmon, and Cutthroat trout in coastal watersheds of California. Established in 1981, this collaborative effort has involved more than 600 stakeholders in restoring declining salmon and Steelhead trout habitat. Over the last 25 years, the FRGP has invested over $170 million and supported approximately 2,600 salmonid restoration projects.
Projects are selected for funding through an annual solicitation, typically released in the spring. The intent of the Solicitation process is to solicit and fund projects that are consistent with the Steelhead Restoration and Management Plan for California and the Recovery Strategy for California Coho Salmon (see below). Projects range from education and instream barrier removal, to riparian restoration and project monitoring. Each proposal received by the due date goes through a rigorous review process by a technical review team, regional field evaluators, the California Coastal Salmonid Restoration Grants Peer Review Committee, and the Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Through this process, reviewers evaluate the biological soundness and the technical and cost effectiveness of proposals and make recommendations for funding based on coast-wide and regional goals and priorities.
This program provides CEQA, 401 and 404 permit coverage for most of the projects funded through this program.