National Fish Passage


To restore native fish and other aquatic species to self-sustaining levels by reconnecting habitat that barriers have fragmented, where such reconnection would not result in a net negative ecological effect such as providing increased habitat to aquatic nuisance species. Fish passage projects restore unimpeded flows and fish movement by removing barriers or providing ways for aquatic species to bypass them. The program works on a voluntary basis and provides financial support and technical assistance to Federal, State, local, and tribal agencies, as well as private partners and stakeholders.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 NFP: Together with partners identified over 700 projects and provided support for 100 of those. NFP BIL: Provided support for 40 projects.
Fiscal Year 2023 NFP: Working with regions and partners to identify potential projects for funding NFP BIL: Received 110 project applications, anticipate providing funding for up to 60 projects. NFP FRIMA: Working with partners and local offices to identify projects.
Fiscal Year 2024 Funding not yet available.
Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act-Cooperation of agencies (16 U.S.C. §661); Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Pub. L. 117-58 [H.R. 3684] 135 Stat. 1389)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Entities must be willing and able to implement program projects collaboratively with the Service.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Applicants must contact their regional fish passage coordinator and follow regional application process to apply.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. To apply for National Fish Passage Program assistance, applicants should visit and see the posted Notice of Funding Opportunity for application procedures and requirements. Applicants should contact their regional fish passage coordinator for additional information,
Award Procedure
Projects are reviewed and selected by Regional program staff with final review and approval conducted by Regional and Headquarters program staff. Successful applicants will receive a Notice of Award electronically via the Department's grants management system (currently GrantSolutions).
Deadlines vary by subprogram. NFP, NFP BIL: Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Awards are approved annually. Unfunded projects that are ranked highly by the Regional Directors are maintained in a FWS database until the project is funded or no longer viable.
Not applicable.
Recipients may request funding for a subsequent year/cycle of a currently funded project. However, these requests are subject to the same submission, review, and approval requirements as all new applications. This program will fund any approved renewal application as new award, not as an amendment to an existing award. Recipients may request approval for budget and project plan revisions of funded projects, including period of performance and reporting due date extensions, in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
How are proposals selected?
See Notice of Funding Opportunity for project selection criteria and the Service's Fish Passage Program Policy at Conservation activities and projects under NFPP are selected on a regional basis based upon regional focus areas. Projects that meet region-specific priorities will receive higher priority, though staff are not prohibited from implementing high-value habitat improvement projects outside of these priorities areas.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance may be used for approved projects restoring or preserving fish passage and aquatic habitat connectivity including construction, design/engineering, and support of fish passage projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance reports are required. Recipients must monitor and report on project performance in accordance with the requirements in 2 CFR 200.329. Final performance reports and final SF-425, Federal Financial Reports are due within 120 calendar days of the award period of performance end date, unless the awarding program approves a due date extension. The FWS details all reporting requirements including frequency and due dates in Notices of Award.
Not applicable.
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictate additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary_rating. We seek to secure at least 50 percent of total project costs from our partners. This applies to the overall Regional program and does not need to be achieved on every project. Matches may be in-kind services or cash. Cost share may be a part of rating criteria.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Program funding is appropriated each fiscal year and must be obligated within two years. Awards are typically for one to five year projects. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Regional contacts can be found here:
Headquarters Office
Eric MacMillan
Fish and Aquatic Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: FAC
Falls Church, VA 22041 USA
Phone: 703-358-2435
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$14,210,000.00; FY 23 est $11,278,795.00; FY 24 est $11,278,794.00; FY 21$16,102,637.00; - Base(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$37,810,000.00; FY 23 est $37,800,000.00; FY 24 est $37,800,000.00; FY 21$0.00; - BIL(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $5,000,000.00; FY 24 est $5,000,000.00; - FRIMA
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act - Range: $60,000-$8,292,215, Average: $450,000. Non-IIJA: $25,000-$400,000. Average: $100,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Fish Passage Policy 710 FW 1 (
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2022 Supported activities included culvert replacement, dam removal, fish way construction, and design/engineering for such projects.
Fiscal Year 2023 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects such as culvert replacement, dam removal, fish way construction, and design/engineering for such projects.
Fiscal Year 2024 Funding not yet available. Program anticipates funding projects such as culvert replacement, dam removal, fish way construction and design/engineering for such projects.


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