Potential Federal Funding Sources for Environmental Mitigation Efforts
These federal funding programs have been identified as potential sources of funding for transportation agencies looking to incorporate environmental mitigation efforts into long-range transportation plans. Additional information about each program, including timelines, available funding and program requirements, is available at the Federal Grants Wire link included in the description. This list may not reflect the entire universe of funding opportunities, but will be updated as additional information becomes available.
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Department of the Interior,
Fish & Wildlife Service Programs
15.634 – State Wildlife Grants
This program funds the development and implementation of projects for the benefit of fish and wildlife and their habitats, including species not hunted or fished. Priority is placed on projects that benefit the species of greatest conservation concern.
Agencies from the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa with primary responsibility for fish and wildlife conservation may submit grant proposals to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service having Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plans that are FWS approved.
15.605 – Sport Fish Restoration Program
A program that funds activities that restore, conserve, manage or enhance sport fish populations; other eligible activities include public use and benefit from resources and activities that provide boat access to public waters; lake construction and maintenance; land acquisition; technical assistance; planning; habitat enhancement; administration; coordination
Agencies from 50 states with primary responsibility for fish and wildlife conservation may submit proposals. Agencies must pass assent legislation to provisions of the Act for the conservation of sport fish, including a prohibition against diversion of license fees paid by anglers for any purpose other than fish and wildlife agency administration.
15.608 – Fish & Wildlife Management Assistance
This program funds activities to provide technical information, advice and assistance to other Federal agencies, other nations, states and Native Americans on the conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources.
Applicants may be other Federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, Native American organizations, interstate, intrastate, nonprofits or other organizations that support the mission of the FWS.
15.615 – Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund
A program that provides Federal financial assistance to any state or territory, through its appropriate state or territorial agency, to assist in the development of programs for conservation of endangered or threatened species.
Participation is limited to state agencies that have a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior. The annual Request for Proposals announcement posted on www.grants.gov will describe the criteria that must be satisfied for the proposal to be eligible for funding.
15.614 – Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act
This program provides competitive matching grants to coastal states for coastal wetlands conservation projects. These project grants are available for the acquisition of interests in coastal lands or waters and for the restoration, enhancement or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems. Projects must provide for long-term conservation of such lands or waters and the hydrology, water quality and fish and wildlife dependent thereon. Ineligible activities include:
Projects that primarily benefit navigation, irrigation, flood control or mariculture
Acquisition, restoration, enhancement or management of lands to mitigate habitat losses
Creation of wetlands where wetlands did not previously exist
Enforcement of fish and wildlife laws and regulations, except when necessary for the accomplishment of approved project purposes
Planning as a primary project focus
Operations and maintenance
Acquisition and/or restoration of upper portions of watersheds where benefits to the coastal wetlands ecosystem are not significant and direct
Projects providing less than 20 years of conservation benefits
Eligible applicants include any agency or agencies designated by the Governor of a coastal State; eligible coastal States are states bordering the Great Lakes (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin); States bordering the Atlantic, Gulf (except Louisiana), and Pacific coasts (Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington).
15.611 – Wildlife Restoration Grants
This program provides formula grants to state and commonwealth agencies for projects to restore, conserve, manage and enhance wild birds and mammals and their habitats. Permissible activities include selection, restoration, rehabilitation and improvement of wildlife habitat; wildlife management research; wildlife population surveys and inventories; land acquisition; coordination; and development of facilities.
Agencies from states, commonwealths and territories with primary responsibility for fish and wildlife conservation.
This program assists states, commonwealths and territories in planning and implementing projects to benefit a diverse array of wildlife and associated habitats, including species not hunted or fished; to fulfill the unmet needs of wildlife within states, commonwealths and territories including wildlife education and recreation.
Agencies with lead management responsibility for fish and wildlife resources.
This program provides technical and financial assistance to identify, protect, conserve, manage, enhance or restore habitat or species on both public and private lands; it also includes alternative/renewable energy projects. Assistance is provided for projects that improve habitat or any related activity necessary to accomplish this goal. Funds maybe used for habitat assessments, protection and restoration of public and private land that include alternative/renewable energy efficient projects. Funds may also be used to encourage public usage of providing access, education, providing fish passage and stocking of fish from National or State Fish Hatcheries, and advising on wildlife management techniques.
No eligibility requirements.
Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Land Management Programs
A program that provides financial assistance, through grants or cooperative agreements, as a partnership to reduce or remove pollutants in the environment for the protection of human health, water and air resources; to restore damaged or degraded watersheds; and to respond to changing climate issues. Examples include:
Abandoned Mine Land Program – addresses physical safety hazards and water quality through the restoration of abandoned hardrock mines;
Hazard Management and Resource Restoration – also known as the Hazmat program, which remediates sites impacted by hazardous materials and illegal activities, coordinates emergency response actions and ensures the Bureau of Land Management facilities and operations comply with applicable environmental regulations.
Soil, Water and Air Program – develops guidance for land use plans and plan implementation; it also assures that fundamental resources are inventoried and assessed, managed and monitored to support the appropriate management response to public land conditions.
A program to manage fish, wildlife and plant conservation resources on the public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. This will help restore and protect lands containing noteworthy resource values for regionally significant species of management concern or wetland and riparian areas; funding is also available to restore and protect crucial habitat through vegetation treatments, installation of wildlife friendly fences and creating fish passages or barriers to protect aquatic species.
For Recovery Act funded projects, the following objectives also apply:
to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery
to assist those most impacted by the recession
to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health
to invest in transportation, environmental protection and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits
Environmental Protection Agency,
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxic Substances
66.708 – Pollution Prevention Grants Program
The program funds awarded under these programs are intended to support innovative activities that promote preventative approaches to environmental performance and address the transfer of potentially harmful pollutants across all media: air, land and water. These programs support the establishment and expansion of State pollution prevention programs and address various sectors of concern such as industrial toxics, agriculture, energy and transportation.
The Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program is intended to build and support State and tribal pollution prevention approaches and methodologies. These grant programs are focused on institutionalizing multimedia pollution prevention as an environmental management priority, establishing prevention goals, providing direct technical assistance to businesses, conducting outreach, and collecting and analyzing data.
The Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) is a grant program that seeks to coordinate work among technical assistance providers/grantees in order to minimize duplication of effort in information collection and synthesis, dissemination and training for the promotion of pollution prevention technologies.
Eligible applicants include the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory of or possession of the United States or any agency or instrumentality of a State. Eligible applicants are encouraged to establish partnerships with businesses and other environmental assistance providers to seamlessly deliver pollution prevention assistance. Successful applicants will be those that best meet the evaluation criteria in section 180 of this notice. In many cases, this is likely to be accomplished through partnerships.
Environmental Protection Agency,
Office of Water
66.461 – Wetland Program Development Grants
This program will assist state, tribal and local government agencies in building programs that protect, manage and restore wetlands. The primary focus of the grants is to build state/tribal wetlands programs; the secondary focus is to build local (including county and municipal) programs. The core elements for improving ability to protect and restore wetlands are:
Monitoring and Assessment
Voluntary Restoration & Protection
Regulatory Approaches, including CWA 401 Certification
Wetland Specific Water Quality Standards
The program requires Cooperative Agreements, and is intended to encourage comprehensive wetlands program development by promoting coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys and studies related to causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction and elimination of water pollution.
Projects build capacity to effectively protect wetland and riparian resources, including initial development, restoration or management and program administration. Interstate agency consortia projects must be broad in scope and encompass more than one state, tribal or local government. Cannot be used for individual mitigation projects, mitigation banks, or in-lieu-fee mitigation projects.