The Hawaiʻi Fish Habitat Partnership is seeking proposals for aquatic habitat conservation projects for 2024. Projects must be related to streams, estuaries, and nearshore marine habitats of the main Hawaiian Islands. These projects are developed in coordination with the Hawaiʻi FHP and may be eligible for funding through the National Fish Habitat Partnership and other federal assistance programs. All proposals are due no later than February 24, 2023.
Projects submitted for National Fish Habitat Partnership funding will be reviewed for selection on a competitive basis by the Hawaiʻi FHP Steering Committee. The Hawaiʻi FHP administers financial assistance awards of up to $125,000 for improvements and aquatic habitat restoration. A minimum one-to-one non-federal match is required for most funding programs. Successful applicants will have funds in place in the second quarter of 2024. Projects scheduled for completion in 12-18 months are preferred.
On-the-ground aquatic habitat conservation projects are given highest priority, especially “shovel-ready” projects that have completed environmental compliance requirements. If funding permits, secondary consideration may be given to support aquatic habitat conservation project planning and design, or applied research that will guide future Hawaiʻi FHP aquatic habitat conservation activities such as engineering for fish passage projects, regional aquatic habitat assessments, aquatic Hawaiʻi FHP Strategic Plan and the national conservation goals of National Fish Habitat Partnership. Projects located in priority watersheds and habitat types identified in the Hawaiʻi FHP Strategic Plan are preferred. Hawaiʻi FHP objectives are to: control, and analysis of potential impacts to aquatic systems. Outcomes must closely address the priority objectives of the
- Preserve and improve habitat connectivity by reducing impacts of barriers to native species passage.
- Develop and implement conservation projects that link inland and nearshore marine ecosystems to protect, restore, and maintain self-sustaining aquatic communities.
- Support regional habitat assessments and applied research to obtain data to guide conservation, management and recovery programs in stream, estuarine, and nearshore marine waters.
How To Apply
Proposals are due February 24, 2023.
Applicants are required to contact Hawaiʻi FHP coordinator Gordon Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) well in advance of proposal submission to ensure project suitability for the grant program. Proposals should be roughly 4-6 pages in length in addition to a budget table, timeline, list of required permits, location and site map, and photos/illustrations. The project narrative must contain descriptions of planned project activities, identify measurable outcomes, and highlight the recreationally and culturally important aquatic species expected to benefit from the project. A monitoring plan that evaluates project results must be described in the proposal.
Proposals may be submitted to Gordon Smith by email at email@example.com.