Funding Agency:
US Fish and Wildlife Service

The National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) is a voluntary program that provides direct technical and financial assistance to partners to remove instream barriers and restore aquatic organism passage and aquatic connectivity for the benefit of Federal trust resources. In doing so, NFPP aims to maintain or increase fish populations to improve ecosystem resiliency and provide quality fishing experiences for the American people. Activities that restore fish passage also support the modernization of the country’s infrastructure such as road culverts, bridges, and water diversions contributing to enhanced community resilience to the impacts from climate change and other public safety hazards. NFPP funds a variety of project types including, but not limited to, dam removals, culvert replacements, floodplain restoration, and the installation of fishways. This funding is available through annual appropriations to the NFPP and is separate from NFPP funding provided through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law).

Federal awards under NFPP occur on a rolling basis, starting in March 2023. NFPP collaboratively identifies potential projects throughout the federal fiscal year (October 1- September 30) via active engagement with partners. The period of performance for the majority of projects funded under this program is two years, starting on the date the award is signed by the Service. Projects must be designed accordingly.

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

For eligible applicants to receive funding, NFPP projects must be implemented in coordination with FAC staff. FAC Program staff work collaboratively with potential applicants to identify common conservation priorities. We strongly suggest that all potential applicants work with the local FAC Program staff to ensure that their project meets conservation needs of the Service. Projects are considered for funding throughout the year, depending on the availability of funds. Applicants must ensure that activities occurring outside the United States, or its territories are coordinated as necessary with appropriate U.S. and foreign government authorities and that any necessary licenses, permits, or approvals are obtained prior to undertaking proposed activities. The Service does not assume responsibility for recipient compliance with the laws and regulations of the country in which the work is to be conducted.

Amount Description

Maximum Award $2,000,000

Minimum Award $500

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

December 31, 2023