The Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Projects (AERP) is a new, competitive grant program that will provide funding for the study, design, and construction of aquatic ecosystem restoration and protection projects in … Read more
Using funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this competitive program supports Tribal Nations, Tribal Commissions, and Tribal Consortia to implement priority fish passage projects and barrier removal efforts, and assist with Tribal capacity building to benefit Tribally-important migratory fish in coastal ecosystems, including the Great Lakes. Projects support fisheries and protected resources, and enhance community resilience to climate hazards by removing or improving aging infrastructure.
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.
Eligible applicants are Indian Tribes as defined in 25 U.S.C. Section 5304(e) and Tribal Commissions or Consortia.
Approx Annual Funding Amount
$12 million is provided to implement fish passage work and build Tribal organization capacity in FY2022. Awards range from $300,000 to $5 million over the three year award period.
Cost Share Requirements
There are no cost share requirements.
- June 2022: NOFO published
- August 2022: Deadline for proposal submissions