The National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) is a voluntary program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to partners. The program works in partnership to provide fish (and other aquatic organisms) passage and restore aquatic connectivity for the benefit of federal trust resources. Activities which restore fish passage supports the modernization of country's infrastructure such as road culverts, bridges and water diversions. Fish-friendly infrastructure provides a means for fish to be self-resilient and maintain or increase populations providing for quality of fishing for many species.
The NFPP is delivered through more than 65 Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation (FAC) Field Offices across all States and territories. FAC staff coordinates with project partners, stakeholders and other Service programs to identify and collaboratively implement projects within Regional priority areas. Project work plans are developed
strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from FAC staff. Projects must advance the FAC mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. FAC and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity. Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and also contact the regional NFPP Coordinator that corresponds to the location of the project for additional regional priorities prior to submitting an application for funding.
To receive funding, NFPP projects must be implemented in coordination with FAC staff. Applicants can be, but are not limited to state and federal agencies, private lands, tribes, local municipalities, and non-governmental organizations.
Contact local FAC Program or Regional staff prior to applying. To be considered for funding under this funding opportunity, an application must contain and must be submitted to region where the project is located.
FWS Region 4 (includes Georgia)
Walter “Tripp” Boltin
Phone: (843) 819-1229