Project Guidelines

Large Project Grant

Eligible applicants include: state and federal governmental agencies; non-governmental organizations (e.g., sportsman’s groups, community associations, watershed user groups, cooperatives, civic groups), municipalities, universities, schools, state and tribal governments. Projects must be on public reservoirs. Projects on reservoirs with no or limited public access are not eligible. Proposals must include “on-the-ground” habitat restoration objectives. Research proposals are not acceptable.

Project Duration: Work conducted for the project is to be completed within 12-18 months of contract approval. Projects should be designed to begin in June 2018; however funding from RFHP is likely not going to be available until summer to early fall 2019. Actual project start date will be the date funding documents are signed.

Funding: Approximately $100,000 is available for projects. RFHP anticipates funding 3-4 projects @ $10,000-$30,000 each. Given the limited amount of funding available at this time, RFHP grants should be considered as a partial funding source for projects with multiple funding sources and partners. Grants must have a minimum of 1:1 non-federal contributions, which may be in cash, time, goods, or other services. All contributions (cash and/or in-kind) must be acquired during the project period. Special consideration will be given to projects with more than the minimum match. Eligible costs will be paid for work done no earlier than contract approval. Grant funds may NOT be used to support overhead, political advocacy, deficit reduction activities, projects that have already been completed, or for activities that constitute legally required mitigation for the adverse effects of an activity regulated or otherwise governed by state or Federal law. Salaries of full-time employees may be part of the grant request as long as they are for only time spent directly on planning, administration and/or “on the ground” work on the project. Applicants are urged to not make “salaries” a major part of the funding request. Applicants are strongly urged to discuss project ideas with the Coordinator prior to submitting proposals if questions about eligibility exist.

Proposal Requirements: Proposals should be no more than 10 pages in length, formatted as described in Large Grant Proposal Guidelines and Format. This page limitation does not include attachments and support materials. Timelines may use a June 1, 2019 starting date, but the actual start date will be determined by completion of the contract document (funding is not likely to be available prior to June 2019 and more likely in early fall 2019).

Small Project Grant

Eligible Applicants Include: A member of an FOR organization.
Proposals should be no more than 3 pages in length and must include the following:

  • Name of Friends of Reservoirs Member Sponsoring Project
  • Project Leader Contact Information
  • Statement of Problem/Need
  • Describe the Methods being used to Address this Need
  • Partners
  • Budget
  • Outreach

Proposals should follow Small Grant Proposal and Guidelines.


For questions relative to project development and submission for the grants above contact:  
Jeff Boxrucker
Coordinator of the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership

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