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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has over 11 billion dollars to invest in creating healthy natural areas that support our wildlife, recreation, and economy. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for conservation and communities in Oregon.

Video update by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife featuring Gov. Kate Brown provides background information on the long-standing project to rehabilitate the Wallowa Lake dam. View on YouTube.

ODFW IIJA Focal Areas

ODFW is focusing efforts in a few key places where additional funding is needed to get us over the finish line, achieving great outcomes for fish and wildlife and for Oregon’s communities. The six focal themes/areas include:

  • Wallowa River Fish Passage and Flow Restoration: The goals of this effort are to provide upstream and downstream passage for migratory fish species in the Wallowa River system, including Wallowa Lake, and upgrade irrigation infrastructure as needed to accomplish instream flow benefits in the Wallowa River and tributaries. Click on this link for more details on ODFWs IIJA efforts in the Wallowa. ODFW Contact: Jeff Yanke (Jeff.YANKE@odfw.oregon.gov)
  • Klamath Basin Restoration: ODFW has identified habitat restoration and enhancement, fish screening and passage, and re-establishment of native anadromous fish runs as the primary areas of emphasis for IIJA opportunities in the Klamath Basin. Click on this link for more details on ODFWs IIJA efforts in the Klamath. ODFW Contact: Philip Milburn (Philip.J.MILBURN@odfw.oregon.gov)
  • Oregon Coast Coho Recovery: ODFW and partners have identified the Nehalem, Nestucca, Alsea, South and Middle Umpqua, and the Coos as priority areas for restoration of the federally-threatened Oregon Coast Coho salmon. Priority actions will address limiting factors, such as stream complexity, water quantity, and water quality. Click on this link for more details. ODFW Contact: Renee Coxen (Renee.J.COXEN@odfw.oregon.gov)
  • Rogue Watershed Resiliency: The Rogue Watershed Resiliency Initiative seeks to advance state and federal investments that will restore water quantity and quality and upgrade infrastructure to promote fish passage in the Rogue Watershed. Click on this link for more details on ODFWs IIJA efforts in the Rogue. ODFW Contact: Chandra Ferrari (Chandra.A.FERRARI@odfw.oregon.gov)
  • Wildlife Habitat Restoration: This effort is focused on funding projects that restore habitat structure and function, sustain working lands, and allow for the return of natural disturbance regimes in natural systems, and help build resiliency to a drier and warmer future. Click on this link for more details. Contact: Sara Reif (Sarah.J.REIF@odfw.oregon.gov)

  • Connectivity and Wildlife Passage: Wildlife connectivity is significantly reduced by roadways as a result of habitat loss and fragmentation, injury and mortality, and behavioral avoidance. Wildlife crossing structures and associated directional fencing significantly reduce the impacts of roads on wildlife populations. Click on this link for more details. ODFW Contact: Rachel Wheat (Rachel.E.WHEAT@odfw.oregon.gov)

Keep checking in for more information, and make sure to explore our vision for IIJA funding implementation! ODFW IIJA Focal Areas (pdf)

IIJA Grants Currently Open:

USFWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation

  • Focus: Intended outcomes of the NCWCG Program include acquisition of a real property interest such as conservation easements or fee title acquisition in coastal wetlands ecosystems from willing sellers or partners for long term conservation, restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems, or a combination of acquisition, restoration, enhancement, and management. All projects must ensure long term conservation of coastal wetland resources of at least 20 years.
  • Application Period: Feb. 16, 2024 – Jun. 21, 2024, Internal review draft due April 29, 2024.
  • Awards: $50K ($1K-$50K)
  • Eligible Applicants: States
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/352451 (Federal Funding Opportunity # F25AS00004)
  • ODFW Contact: Sarah Sapienza, sarah.r.sapienza@odfw.oregon.gov

USFWS Candidate Species Conservation

  • Focus: Priority will be given to projects that aid in improving the conservation status of a species so as to preclude the need to list it under the Federal ESA. These projects could include, but are not limited to, activities that will secure scientific information about candidate or at-risk species and their habitat, implement restoration actions that will lead to removing threats to the species, or help prevent extinction of a species.
  • Application Period: Oct. 18, 2023 – Sept. 30, 2024
  • Awards: $500K ($1K-$500K)
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local and county governments, NGOs, institutions of higher education, businesses, and individuals.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/350615 (Federal Funding Opportunity # F24AS00074)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

USFWS Recovery Implementation

  • Focus: To secure information about federally endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. Actions include restoring habitat, removing invasive species, conducting surveys, monitoring individual populations, and breeding species in captivity to release them into their historic range.
  • Application Period: Oct. 18, 2023 – Sept. 30, 2024
  • Awards: $14M ($1K-$2M)
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local and county governments, NGOs, institutions of higher education, businesses, and individuals.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/350612 (Federal Funding Opportunity # F24AS00431)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

BLM Oregon/Washington Wildlife Program

  • Focus: Activities that support maintaining functioning wildlife habitats, developing and implementing restoration projects, and the inventory and monitoring of priority habitats and species.
  • Application Period: Oct. 31, 2023 – Feb. 29, 2024
  • Awards: $2.2M ($10K - $1.5M)
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local and county governments, NGOs, institutions of higher education, housing authorities, and independent school districts
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/350809 (Funding Opportunity # L24AS00046)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

BLM Oregon/Washington Rangeland Resource Management

  • Focus: Activities that support maintaining or achieving land health and productivity, increasing carbon sequestration, and creating resilient landscapes. Activities could include facilitating the conservation and restoration of rangelands to combat climate change, and soils mapping and development of ecological site descriptions.
  • Application Period: Oct. 11, 2023 – Feb. 29, 2024
  • Awards: $500K ($5K - $300K)
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local and county governments, NGOs, institutions of higher education, housing authorities, and independent school districts
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/350556 (Funding Opportunity # L24AS00048)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

BLM Oregon/Washington Invasive and Noxious Plant Management Program

  • Focus: To work with partner organizations to collaboratively manage and coordinate treatments, inventories, monitoring, education and outreach, and prevention activities to control new infestations and treatment to remove existing infestations of noxious weeds and invasive species to gain efficiencies across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Application Period: Nov. 21, 2023 – Feb. 19, 2024
  • Awards: $5K - $950K
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local and county governments, NGOs, institutions of higher education, housing authorities, and independent school districts.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/351086 (Funding Opportunity # L24AS00039)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

BLM Oregon/Washington Plant Conservation and Restoration Management Program

  • Focus: To work with partners to increase the quantity, diversity, and effectiveness of native forbs and grasses for restoration of wildlife habitats and rehabilitation after wildfires. Activities include: developing genetically appropriate native plant material/seed for use in habitat restoration; implementing and assessing seed-based restoration techniques/efforts; inventorying, monitoring and restoring rare plant species; increasing pollinator habitat; and expanding public outreach.
  • Application Period: Sept. 29, 2023 – Feb. 29, 2024
  • Awards: $5K - $300K
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local and county governments, NGOs, institutions of higher education, housing authorities, and independent school districts.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/350406 (Funding Opportunity # L24AS00042)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

BLM Oregon/Washington Aquatic Resource Management

  • Focus: Funding goals include: 1) Ensuring water availability to sustain healthy riparian and wetland areas and aquatic habitats. 2) Restoring degraded water resources, riparian and wetland areas, and aquatic habitats, with a focus on process-based approaches and promoting riverscape health. 3) Advancing decision support models, and the inventory, assessment, and monitoring information that feeds such models, to inform the protection of remaining high quality habitats and the strategic restoration of degraded systems.
  • Application Period: Sept. 29, 2023 – Feb. 29, 2024
  • Awards: $10K - $500K
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local and county governments, NGOs, institutions of higher education, housing authorities, and independent school districts.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/350402 (Funding Opportunity # L24AS00038)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

BLM Oregon/Washington Fuels Management and Community Fire Assistance Program

  • Focus: To work with partner organizations to assist with fuels management and community fire assistance program activities to reduce the risk and impact of catastrophic wildfires to local communities through coordination, reducing the amount of hazardous fuels, and furthering the education of landowners about wildfire prevention and mitigation.
  • Application Period: Nov. 21, 2023 – Feb. 22, 2024
  • Awards: $20K - $950K)
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local and county governments, NGOs, institutions of higher education, housing authorities, and independent school districts.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/351076 (Funding Opportunity # L24AS00047)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

BLM Oregon/Washington Forest and Woodlands Resource Management

  • Focus: Activities that promote forest and woodland health, sustainable forest management, fire resiliency, biomass utilization for bioenergy, habitat conservation needs, and insect, disease and fire recovery. These activities could include: planting trees, thinning, salvage/sanitation forest treatments, control of competing vegetation, fuels reduction, riparian or upland restoration, project development and layout, planning analysis, and document preparation needed in concert with or to carry out Land Use Planning Decisions, Endangered Species Act or cultural clearances, data collection, and monitoring.
  • Application Period: Oct. 31, 2023 – Feb. 26, 2024
  • Awards: $25K - $250K
  • Eligible Applicants: States, Tribes, local and county governments, NGOs, institutions of higher education, housing authorities, and independent school districts.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/350807 (Funding Opportunity # L24AS00045)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

NOAA Climate Program Office Adaptation Sciences (AdSci) Program

  • Focus: The AdSci Program is an interdisciplinary research and engagement program soliciting applications for two competitions: 1) Evidence-building, Evaluation and Learning Approaches to Support Adaptation to a Changing Climate, and 2) Developing a Social Science Research Agenda to Support Adaptation and Resilience.
  • Application Period: Nov. 21, 2023 – March 20, 2024
  • Awards: $150K - $300K
  • Eligible Applicants: State, local and Tribal governments, institutions of higher education, nonprofits, and commercial organizations.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/351083 (Funding Opportunity # NOAA-OAR-CPO-2024-2008252)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

EPA Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grant

  • Focus: Projects that address climate challenges and reduce pollution while strengthening communities through thoughtful implementation. There will be two tracks of funding under this opportunity. Track 1 will fund approximately 150 large, transformational community-driven investment grants of $10 million - $20 million. Track 2 will fund approximately 20 meaningful engagement grants of $1 million - $3 million. This program will empower communities and their partners to design, develop, and implement multi-faceted community-driven projects that address the diverse and unique needs of disadvantaged communities by: reducing and preventing pollution; building resilience to climate change and mitigating current and future climate risks; enhancing meaningful involvement in government processes related to environmental and climate justice; expanding access to high-quality jobs and economic opportunity through workforce development; and bolstering community strength by ensuring that local residents receive the benefits of investments and have the opportunity to build on them for current and future generations.
  • Application Period: Nov. 21, 2023 – Nov. 21, 2024
  • Awards: $2B (award ceiling: $20M)
  • Eligible Applicants: 1) a partnership between two community-based nonprofit organizations, or 2) a partnership between a CBO and one of the following: a federally recognized Tribe, a local government, or an institution of higher education.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/351071 (Federal Funding Opportunity # EPA-R-OEJECR-OCS-23-04)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

BOR WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects

  • Focus: Small water efficiency improvement projects, including installation of flow measurement or automation in a water delivery system, lining or piping of a section of a canal to address seepage, municipal meters, landscape efficiencies, or other similar projects.
  • Application Period: Nov. 2, 2023 – Jan. 16, 2024
  • Awards: $12M (award max $100,000) Eligible Applications: States, Tribes, county and local governments, and irrigation/water districts (Category A). Category B: nonprofit conservation organizations that are acting in partnership with an entity described in Category A.
  • Eligible Applications: States, Tribes, county and local governments, and irrigation/water districts (Category A). Category B: nonprofit conservation organizations that are acting in partnership with an entity described in Category A.
  • Apply: https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/350845 (Funding Opportunity # R24AS00059)
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

NOAA National Sea Grant BIL Marine Debris Challenge Competition

  • Focus: To support innovative research to application projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris and provide the potential for transformational behavior change.
  • Application Period: Sept. 13, 2023 to March 27, 2024
  • Awards: $250K to $3M per project
  • Eligible Applicants: Open
  • Apply: https//www.grants.gov, Funding Opportunity Number NOAA-OAR-SG-2024-23706
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

NOAA Marine Debris Removal under the BIL

  • Focus: To support impactful projects that remove and dispose of large marine debris (e.g.,  abandoned and derelict vessels, derelict fishing gear, and other large debris) from the coastal and marine environment and prevent the re-accumulation of marine debris in the environment.
  • Application Period: Aug. 28, 2023 to Feb. 23, 2024
  • Awards: $24M ($800K to $6M per project)
  • Eligible Applicants: State governments, Tribes, county and local governments, NGOs, higher education institutions, businesses
  • Apply: https//www.grants.gov, Funding Opportunity Number OAA-NOS-ORR-2024-2007993
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

NOAA Effects of Sea Level Rise

  • Focus: The Competitive Research Program is soliciting proposals to evaluate and quantify the ability of Nature-based Solutions approaches to mitigate the effects of Sea Level Rise and inundation. The impacts should be explored through integrated field research, and the application and advancement of predictive, dynamic models of physical, chemical, and biologic processes.
  • Application Period: Sept. 21, 2023 to Jan. 24, 2024
  • Awards: ($200K to $500K per project)
  • Eligible Applicants: State governments, Tribes, county and local governments, NGOs, higher education institutions, businesses
  • Apply: https//www.grants.gov, Funding Opportunity Number NOAA-NOS-NCCOS-2024-2008163
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

Bureau of Reclamation WaterSmart Aquatic Ecosystems Restoration Grant

  • Focus: Through the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Program, Reclamation funds the study, design and construction of large-scale ecosystem restoration projects that are collaboratively developed, have widespread regional benefits, and result in the improvement of the health of fisheries, wildlife, and aquatic habitat.
  • Application Period: Applications for a second submission period to allocate FY24 funding are due January 24th, 2024
  • Award: Study and design projects are eligible for between $500,000 and $2 million in Federal funding, and construction projects can receive between $3 million and $20 million. A non-federal cost share of at least 35% is required.
  • Eligible Applicants: Category A Applicants * States, Tribes, irrigation districts, or water districts. Category B Applicants Nonprofit conservation organizations that are acting in partnership with, and with the agreement of an entity described in Category A.
  • Apply: Grants.gov under Funding Opportunity Number R23AS00106
  • ODFW Contact: Kregg Smith kregg.m.smith@odfw.oregon.gov
  • Webinar: The Bureau of Reclamation will host an informational webinar on Thursday, August 31, 2023, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm MDT to discuss the Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase I and the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Projects funding opportunities. Click here to join the live event or use the same link to watch a recording after the completion of the live event.

Bureau of Reclamation WaterSmart Planning and Project Design Grants

  • Focus: The Planning and Project Design Grants is a new funding opportunity representing an efficient approach to streamline the WaterSMART application process by combining three funding opportunities into one.  This funding opportunity includes the existing Drought Contingency Planning funding opportunity, expands the existing water marketing funding opportunity to create Water Strategy Grants, and introduces a new funding category for Project Design Grants. 
  • Application Period: Applications for the second submission period are due by April 2, 2024.
  • Awards: Federal funding requests up to $400,000
  • Eligible Applicants: Category A applicants can be States, Tribes, irrigation districts, and water districts, or authorities with water or power delivery. Category B applicants must partner with a Category A applicant.
  • Apply: Grants.gov under the Funding Opportunity number R23AS00109
  • ODFW Contact: Kregg Smith kregg.m.smith@odfw.oregon.gov
  • Webinar: The Bureau of Reclamation will host a webinar on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 11:30 am MDT, to discuss the WaterSMART Project and Planning Design Grants, and the Drought Resiliency Projects funding opportunities including eligible applicants, program requirements, and the selection process. Join the live event or use the same link to watch a recording after the completion of the live event.

NOAA Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Tribes and Underserved Communities

  • Focus: To support opportunities for tribes and underserved communities to meaningfully engage in coastal habitat restoration activities. Funding will prioritize capacity building, science support, and restoration project activities that enhance resilience of tribes and underserved communities and have the greatest potential to lead to habitat restoration in coastal, estuarine, and marine areas. 
  • Application Period: Sept. 1, 2023 to Dec. 19, 2023
  • Awards: $45M ($75K to $3M per project)
  • Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are Tribes, underserved communities, or entities that partner with tribes and/or underserved communities, such as States, Tribes, county and local governments, NGOs, housing authorities, higher learning institutions, small businesses
  • Apply: https//www.grants.gov, Funding Opportunity number NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2023-2008173
  • ODFW Contact: Andrea Hanson, andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov

How you can help!

There is a lot we can all do to benefit both fish and wildlife, our communities, and our economy. Funds from the IIJA are a once in a lifetime opportunity to do the work but the time is short. We have just 5 years to make the most of this chance.

  • Apply for an IIJA grant directly or with partners, and bring vital funding into Oregon!
  • Communicate Oregon’s IIJA funding needs with federal agency partners
  • Provide support for IIJA funding in ODFW focal areas
  • Let us know if you receive any IIJA funding in Oregon

Where to find more information on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:

Where to find more information on IIJA funding opportunities:

  • Visit Grants.gov: for more information on IIJA grant opportunities, enter ‘Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’ in the keyword search. You can also subscribe to grant updates.
  • Click here to see a summary of the potential funding opportunities ODFW is following that relate to natural resources in Oregon. Please note that not all funding opportunities are included, and make sure to check back frequently as the information will be updated in real-time. Updated 06/29/22
  • Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – complete dataset spreadsheet (XLSX) Updated 05/11/22

For more information contact Andrea Hanson, ODFW Conservation Policy Coordinator (andrea.v.hanson@odfw.oregon.gov)

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