Fish and Wildlife to offer grant funding for habitat restoration or enhancement

SACRAMENTO — More than $735,000 in grant funding will be made available by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The money would be available to groups with projects seeking to enhance or restore certain habitats over the next three years.

Interested organizations are invited to submit grant applications to DFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR).

“The grants stem from the multi-agency Environmental Enhancement Fund (EEF), whose selection committee includes representatives from the California Coastal Conservancy, the National Fish and Wildlife Federation and OSPR,” DFW staff stated. “The panel may select multiple projects. Previous EEF awards have typically amounted from $75,000 to $150,000. Applications with multi-year projects may also apply.”

This year marks the seventh for the EEF grant program. State officials welcome applications for both coastal and inland waterway projects.

Projects must specifically acquire habitat for preservation or work to improve habitat quality and ecosystem function to qualify for funding.

Applicants must also “be located within or immediately adjacent to waters of the state; have measurable outcomes within a pre-determined timeframe; [and], be designed to acquire, restore, or improve habitat or restore ecosystem function, or both, to benefit fish and wildlife.”

The enhancement fund is funded by oil spill violations.

DFW must receive applications by 5 p.m. on Nov. 16. Projects selected to receive funding will be notified in spring 2019.

Visit wildlife.ca.gov/OSPR/Science/Environmental-Enhancement-Fund/About for more information.

Dept. of Fish and Wildlife photo

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