The National Fish Passage Program provides funding and direct technical assistance to restore rivers and conserve our nation’s aquatic resources by removing or bypassing barriers. The resulting infrastructure is more … Read more
NOAA is implementing a fish passage program as a part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The program will provide technical assistance and funding through a competitive grant process over five years to remove dams and other in-stream barriers to restore fish passage in marine, estuarine, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystem habitats.
Funding may be used to provide technical assistance and for removal of dams and other in-stream barriers and habitat restoration for marine, estuarine, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. Funds will support projects to reopen migratory fish pathways and restore habitat access. Awards range from $1 million to $15 million over the award period.
Recipients include higher education institutions, non-profits, commercial (for-profit) organizations, U.S. territories, and state, local, and tribal governments.
Approx Annual Funding Amount
$400 million is provided over five years; $65 million is provided in 2022.
Cost Share Requirements
There are no cost share requirements.
- June: NOFO published
- August: Proposal submission deadline
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allows up to 15% of fish passage funds to be reserved for Indian tribes. Therefore, NOAA concurrently released the Restoring Tribal Priority Fish Passage through Barrier Removal Notice of Funding Opportunity for up to $12 million in funding for fish passage and tribal capacity building.