Klamath Basin Restoration Program 2018 Request for Proposals

Pre-Proposal Due Date:    Thursday, February 15, 2018  by 2 PM  Pacific Time
Full Proposal Due Date:   Thursday, April 19, 2018  by 2 PM  Pacific Time


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is soliciting proposals to restore water quality, water quantity, and the aquatic and terrestrial habitats of the Klamath Basin  for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and health of the communities. The goal of the Klamath Basin Restoration Program (KBRP) is to address limiting factors facing steelhead, Chinook salmon, coho salmon and Pacific lamprey; support restoration actions to benefit resident fish populations of Lost River and shortnose suckers, bull trout and redband trout; and undertake activities that will ultimately lead to successful reintroduction of anadromous fish to the upper Klamath Basin. In 2018, the KBRP will award approximately $2 million in FWS funding for restoration actions within the Klamath River and its tributaries. Funding will be awarded to entities in the Klamath Basin  that are interested in conducting high priority restoration actions that are consistent with the goals and objectives of Klamath Basin settlement agreements and related activities, which include associated restoration, monitoring and recovery plans. 

Since our creation by Congress in 1984, NFWF has grown to become the nation's largest conservation grant-maker. We work with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. 

NFWF supports conservation efforts in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Our projects are rigorously evaluated and we work cooperatively with willing landowners on projects that provide the best return on conservation investments. We neither advocate nor litigate. Instead, NFWF focuses on bringing all parties to the table, getting results, and building a better future for our world. 


KBRP projects must be implemented within the Klamath Basin, which includes portions of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Organizations located outside the Klamath Basin may apply if their project will be conducted entirely within the Klamath Basin. Priority areas will be within the mainstem Klamath River and its tributaries, inclusive of both the Upper and Lower basins, but excluding the Trinity River and its tributaries. 


The KBRP will fund projects that assist in habitat, water quality and water quantity restoration to benefit native fish species in the Klamath Basin. Preference will be given to projects likely to provide immediate benefits for the priority species listed below: 

Priority Species of Interest:

  • Lost River and shortnose suckers 
  • Chinook salmon 
  • Coho  salmon
  • Pacific lamprey 
  • Sturgeon 
  • Steelhead
  • Bull trout 
  • Redband trout 

Sponsors of projects primarily involving research and monitoring, coupled with implementation, are encouraged to apply but will be assigned lower priority than projects providing primarily immediate and direct benefits to Klamath Basin fisheries and/or fish habitat. Competitive proposals should address at least one of the following program restoration priorities:

Water Quality

Projects will improve water quality to increase the survivability of resident and anadromous fish. Projects can include nutrient or sediment reduction, water temperature stabilization and other water quality parameters that are directly relevant to priority species.

Water Quantity 

Projects will improve instream flows to improve habitat, increase connectivity and prevent seasonal and temporary flow-related fish passage barriers. Projects can include funding of water transactions to provide flow augmentation in reaches that are critical to spawning, juvenile rearing, and migration for native and listed fish; instream water leasing and irrigation forbearance agreements; permanent transfers of water instream; and quantitative analyses that support achieving the maximum benefit of water for its intended use. 

Habitat Enhancement 

Projects will restore stream channel functions and ecological connectivity, and provide and maintain structure for resident and anadromous fish. Projects can include: stream channel restoration, fish passage improvement, streamside fencing and planting, instream structure placement, wetland restoration and enhancement, channel reconnection, erosion control, floodplain connection, off-channel habitat creation and connection to increase available habitats provided by tributary channels, side channels, alcoves, and ponds.


To better gauge progress on individual grants and to ensure greater consistency of project data provided by multiple grants, the Klamath Basin Restoration Program has a list of metrics in Easygrants for grantees to choose from for reporting. We ask that applicants select only the most relevant metrics from this list for their project (all possible program metrics are shown in the table below).  If you do not believe an applicable metric has been provided, please contact Colleen Walters to discuss acceptable alternatives.

​​​Project Activity Recommended​ Metric (as listed in Easygrants) Additional Guidance
​Project footprint ​acreage of project footprint ​Enter the total number of acres impacted by one or more project conservation activities, including acres of wetland, riparian, and/or land restored/protected through this project.  Only count an acre once, even if multiple activities or treatments will occur on that acre during the project. Can include: Number of acres re-opened to fish passage, amount protected under easement, off and side channel habitat and ponds created to provide refugia for fish, invasive removal and replanting, etc. Specify the restoration/protection action and acreage for each in the space provided.
​Instream restoration ​Miles restored ​Enter the total number of in-stream/shoreline miles restored 
​Water acquisitions or leases ​Acre feet of water purchased ​Enter the acre feet of cold water purchased.
​Water acquisitions or leases ​CFS of cold water purchased ​Enter the CFS of cold water purchased. 
​Fish passage improvements ​ # passage barriers rectified ​Enter the total number of fish passage barriers removed or bypassed. Includes culverts, dams, dikes, and other obstructions that fully or partially block fish passage.
​Fish passage improvements ​Miles of stream opened ​Enter the number of miles re-opened to fish passage
​Tool development for decision-making ​# tools developed ​Enter the number of applied aquatic scientific and technologic tools developed through publications 
​BMP implementation for fencing improvements ​Miles of fencing improved ​Enter the number of miles of fencing improved
​BMP implementation for nutrient or sediment reduction ​Acres with BMPs to reduce nutrient or sediments loads ​Enter the number of acres with Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce nutriut or sediment loads. Specify the BMPs in the space provided.
​Research ​Miles assessed ​Enter the total number of miles of in-stream and shoreline habitat assessed ​


Eligible and Ineligible Entities

  •  Eligible applicants include Native American Tribes, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local agencies, non-profit 501(c) organizations, non-Federal entities such as resource conservation districts, watershed councils and community-based organizations.
  • Ineligible applicants include businesses, unincorporated individuals, or international organizations.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds 

  • NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
  • NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts. 
  • Projects may be funded with multiple sources, but the applicant must describe how they will ensure that work using funds awarded here will not be duplicative of work funded elsewhere. This provision is designed to prevent funds from multiple sources being used for the same work within the project.


  • The KBRP has approximately $2 million in FWS to award for grants under this solicitation.
  • Upper and lower limits to award size are not specified, however; the cost to benefit ratio will be a factor in project selection. 
  • The project period of performance may not extend past June 30, 2022. 
  • NFWF will not provide reimbursement for any project expenditures prior to the grant award project period and will not be liable for such expenditures. 
  • Projects that demonstrate strong partnerships and that have matching funds from various partners/donors to support a significant portion of cost of the project being submitted are strongly encouraged. Although matching funds are optional, projects with matching funds will be given higher priority consideration. 
  • Matching funds do not need to be fully secured prior to submitting a grant proposal, but should have a demonstrable likelihood of being secured during the project period to assure the project can be completed as proposed. 


All proposals will be screened for relevance, accuracy, completeness and compliance with NFWF and funding source policies. Proposals will then be evaluated based on the extent to which they meet the following criteria.

Program Goals and Priorities – Project contributes to the Program’s overall priority species conservation goals, and has specific, quantifiable performance metrics to evaluate project success. Project addresses one or more of the program restoration priorities.

Technical Merit – Project is technically sound and feasible, and the proposal sets forth a clear, logical and achievable work plan and timeline. Project engages appropriate technical experts throughout project planning, design and implementation to ensure activities are technically-sound and feasible.

Transferability – Project has potential and plan to transfer lessons learned to other communities and/or to be integrated into government programs and policies.

Consistency with Existing Plans and Established Priorities – The project meets the intent and priorities established in existing published plans (e.g., Regional Implementation Plan for Measures to Conserve Pacific Lamprey, California - North Coast Regional Management Unit, Final Recovery Plan for the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Evolutionarily Significant Unit of Coho Salmon, and/or is consistent with defined goals detailed in the Klamath Basin settlement Agreements). 

Monitoring – Project includes a plan for monitoring progress during and after the proposed project period to track project success and adaptively address new challenges and opportunities as they arise. 

Past Success – Applicant has a proven track record of success in implementing conservation practices with specific, measurable results.

Partnership – An appropriate partnership exists to implement the project and the project is supported by a strong local partnership that leverages additional funds and will sustain it after the life of the grant. Identify proposed partners, if known (including potential or contemplated subawards to third party subrecipients of the applicant), the roles they will play in implementing the project, and how this project will build new or enhance existing partnerships.  (Note: a project partner is any local community, non-profit organization, tribe, and/or local, state, and federal government agency that contributes to the project in a substantial way and is closely involved in the completion of the project.)


Budget – Costs are allowable, reasonable and budgeted in accordance with NFWF’s Budget Instructions cost categories.  Federally-funded projects must be in compliance with OMB Uniform Guidance as applicable (OMB Uniform Guidance). Applicants should budget, as accurately as possible, for appropriate environmental compliance-related costs such as permitting fees, personnel time, and contractual services. 

Procurement – If the applicant chooses to specifically identify proposed Contractor(s) for Services, an award by NFWF to the applicant does not necessarily constitute NFWF’s express written authorization for the applicant to procure such specific services noncompetitively.  When procuring goods and services, NFWF recipients must follow documented procurement procedures which reflect applicable laws and regulations.  

Publicity and Acknowledgement of Support – Award recipients will be required to grant NFWF the right and authority to publicize the project and NFWF’s financial support for the grant in press releases, publications and other public communications.  Recipients may also be asked by NFWF to provide high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) photographs depicting the project.

Receiving Award Funds – Award payments are primarily reimbursable.  Projects may request funds for reimbursement at any time after completing a signed agreement with NFWF.  A request of an advance of funds must be due to an imminent need of expenditure and must detail how the funds will be used and provide justification and a timeline for expected disbursement of these funds.

Compliance Requirements – Projects selected will be subject to requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act (state and Federal), and National Historic Preservation Act.  Documentation of compliance with these regulations must be approved prior to initiating activities that disturb or alter habitat or other features of the project site(s).  Applicants should budget time and resources to obtain the needed approvals.   Successful applicants may be required to comply with additional Federal, state or local requirements and obtain all necessary permits and clearances.

Permits – Successful applicants will be required to provide sufficient documentation that the project expects to receive or has received all necessary permits and clearances to comply with any Federal, state or local requirements.  Where projects involve work in the waters of the United States, NFWF strongly encourages applicants to conduct a permit pre-application meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers prior to submitting their proposal.  In some cases, if a permit pre-application meeting has not been completed, NFWF may require successful applicants to complete such a meeting prior to grant award.


Dates of activities are subject to change.  Please check the Klamath Basin Restoration Program page of the NFWF website for the most current dates and information.

​​Applicant Webinar
​January 23, 2018, 10 am PST
Pre-Proposal Due Date
​February 15, 2018, 2 pm PST
Invitations for Full Proposals Sent
​March 2018​
Full Proposal Due Date
​April 19, 2018, 2 pm PST
Review Period
​April to June 2018
Awards Announced
​ July or August 2018​


All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system.

  1. Go to easygrants.nfwf.org to register in our Easygrants online system.  New users to the system will be prompted to register before starting the application (if you already are a registered user, use your existing login).  Enter your applicant information. 
  2. Once on your homepage, click the “Apply for Funding” button and select this RFP’s “Funding Opportunity” from the list of options.
  3. Follow the instructions in Easygrants to complete your application.  Once an application has been started, it may be saved and returned to at a later time for completion and submission.


A PDF version of this RFP can be downloaded here.

A Tip Sheet is available for quick reference while you are working through your application. This document can be downloaded here​​​.  

Additional information to support the application process can be accessed on NFWF’s Applicant Information webpage.

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact: 

Colleen Walters
Coordinator, Western Water Programs
Office: 202-857-0166
Direct: (503) 417-8700, ext. 6007

For issues or assistance with our online Easygrants system, please contact:

Easygrants Helpdesk
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Include:  your name,  proposal ID #,  e-mail address,  phone number,  program you are applying to,  and a description of the issue.