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Columbia River

Columbia River Basin Restoration Funding Assistance Program

The Request for Applications for 2019/2020 is now closed.

About the Grant Program

Congress amended the Clean Water Act in 2016 by adding Section 123 (33 U.S.C. § 1275), which required EPA to establish a Columbia River Basin Restoration Program.

Section 123 directs EPA to develop a voluntary, competitive grant program for environmental protection and restoration programs throughout the Basin. The grant program offers funding assistance to eligible entities on a competitive basis.

Fiscal year 2019 is the inaugural year of funding.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No: 66.962.

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Request for Applications (RFA)

Two RFAs are available (see application documents below). Applicants may be considered under either or both RFAs. Please read the instructions carefully.

Important Dates

  • September 30, 2019 - RFA opens
  • December 20, 2019 - RFA closes (applications due)
  • February - September 2020 - Anticipated notification of selection
  • April - December 2020 - Anticipated award

Informational Webinars

EPA is hosted two informational webinars about the RFA (the same webinar offered twice).

  • Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Monday, November 25, 2019

Download Recordings and Slides


Frequent Questions

If your question is not answered on our frequent questions page, please email us at

Application Documents

Please note there are two RFAs available: One for eligible entities in the Lower Columbia River Estuary (EPA-R10-OW-CRBRP-2019-01), and one for eligible entities in the Middle and Upper Columbia River Basin (EPA-R10-OW-CRBRP-2019-02). Applicants may be considered under either or both RFAs. Please read the instructions carefully.

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