Funding Opportunities

PMEP Funding Opportunity –

2019 Grant Application Process: Deadline for proposals is Friday, November 2, 2018. 

The Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP) is one of 20 regional fish habitat partnerships in the United States. Its mission is to provide science, data, and funding to conserve and restore West Coast nearshore and estuarine fish habitat. It is advancing estuarine habitat classification and mapping and is gathering and assessing information about estuarine fish habitat use. It also prioritizes and funds fish habitat restoration projects through a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency (USFWS) and the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP). Depending on available funding, every fall PMEP requests proposals for projects that will advance fish habitat conservation and restoration along the West Coast.


PMEP’s strategic plan recognizes, as a current priority, the importance of juvenile rearing areas within estuaries, as well as nearshore habitats for fisheries. Please review PMEP’s draft updated strategic plan for more information about PMEP’s focus. PMEP is seeking project proposals that restore nursery habitats for PMEP focal species within smaller estuarine systems (with an emphasis on habitat connectivity) or increase our understanding of fish habitats in estuarine and nearshore waters.


All projects must show financial match and broad-based support for the work, though no specific match amounts are required. Strong project proposals that request less than $50,000 will be given precedence in an effort to fund a diverse portfolio of projects. However, proposals of particular merit may be funded at a higher level at the discretion of the review panel.


How to Apply

To apply for funding, interested applicants should complete and submit the online application. Please read the full RFP for instructions regarding what information to include and the preferred format for information. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The deadline for project proposal submissions is Friday, November 2, 2018.


2019 PMEP Request for Proposals

2019 Online Application 


PMEP will award a total of $100,000-$150,000 in 2019 for projects that advance its mission. This amount is based on funding received from the USFWS and NFHP for this purpose. The exact amount of funding available varies annually and is not known at this time. Final project grants will be administered by the FWS.


If you have any questions, please contact the PMEP Coordinator (