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.

Eligible Uses

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.

Eligible Recipients

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.

Application Cycle

  • June: NOFO published
  • August: Proposal submission deadline


Other Info

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.