There are many funding resources available for screening projects. The particular funding options available depend upon the location and the size of the project. Generally, a funding match will be necessary but typically this can be in the form of in-kind contributions.
Your local Soil and Water Conservation District or Watershed Council can typically assist with grant writing. FCA can also assist with grant writing on a fee basis.
Funding Resource Guide
National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
NRCS has funding for screens through two programs: Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP). Before applying for these funds, you must first register with the Farm Services Administration (FSA). Your local NRCS and FSA office can assist you with the application.
National Office http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/
Oregon Office http://www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/
Washington Office http://www.wa.nrcs.usda.gov/
Idaho Office http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/
United States Fish and Wildlife (USFS)
USFW has funding available through the Fisheries Restoration and Irrigation Mitigation Program (FRIMA) in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Western Montana. This program requires a 35% funding match and is competitive.
FRIMA Website: http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/fisheries/frimaindex.htm
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)
ODFW has cost share funding available throughout the state of Oregon. The majority of these funds come from revenue derived from the Oregon Lottery called “Measure 66” funds. These funds are crucial to the continued success of the fish screening program in Oregon.
Home page: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/passage/
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)
OWEB grant funding also is derived from Oregon Lottery Measure 66 funds. OWEB funds typically are not used in conjunction with ODFW funds.
Home page: http://www.oregon.gov/OWEB/
Oregon State Tax Credit
The State of Oregon offers a tax credit of up to $5,000.00 for out of pocket screening expenses incurred by an individual. 50% of your net certified project costs up to $5,000 are eligible for an Oregon state tax credit. You may also apply for the tax credit if you do not wish to participate in the Cost Share Grant Program but plan to install a device. Contact the ODFW Regional Field Coordinator for your area for more information. Projects already installed are not eligible.
Local funding varies widely. There are many unique sources of funding for projects with particular attributes that fit within a given private foundation’s funding program.