All Near Term Actions---if implemented---will contribute to Puget Sound recovery. The majority of Near Term Actions are ready to be implemented but need funding to proceed. Federal, state, local, and tribal governments currently provide much of the funding for Puget Sound recovery actions. Nongovernmental agencies, private foundations, businesses, and individuals also provide funding. See Funding Programs for a current list of more than 130 funders supporting 2018 Near Term Actions.
Near Term Action owners should also consider and pursue the following funding sources, as appropriate:
- National Estuary Program Puget Sound Geographic Funds: These funds---distributed by the Strategic Initiatives with guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency---are the only source of funds dedicated solely to funding implementation of the Action Agenda and Near Term Actions. There is no process to apply for these funds. All Near Term Actions in the Action Agenda are considered for funding under the National Estuary Program.
- Federal grant programs: Near Term Actions may be eligible for many different federal grant programs. The Grants.gov website is a searchable database of all federal grants. Near Term Actions may be eligible and competitive for many federal grants.
- State grant programs: Several state grant programs provide funding for environmental protection and Puget Sound recovery actions. Near Term Action owners can use two state resources---the Washington Water & Salmon Fund Finder (also includes federal programs) and the more general Washington Fund Directory---to identify and apply for grants for which they are eligible and competitive. Near Term Action owners have previously received funding from the following state grant programs:
- Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Fund
- Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program
- Floodplains by Design
- Salmon Recovery Funding Board grant programs
- Washington State Department of Ecology’s water quality grants and loan programs, including the Centennial Clean Water Fund and Stormwater Financial Assistance Program
- Streamflow restoration implementation grants (Hirst decision)
- Fish Passage Barrier Removal Board
- Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
- Local grant programs: Many local governments have relevant grant programs. Few have websites that list them all in one place (e.g., King County's environmental grants and awards page) and Near Term Action owners should connect with their local city and county to learn of potential funding opportunities.
- Private funding sources: Non-profits, foundations, and businesses are another potential source of funding for Near Term Actions.