November 16, 2021
The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) is requesting project applications for funding to restore and conserve habitat necessary to support coastal, estuarine dependent, and diadromous fish species. Federal funding available through the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) program will be used to support the top ranked proposals.
America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act was passed by Congress and signed by the President on October 30, 2020. The legislation made significant changes to project eligibility requirements for this funding opportunity; these changes are described in the funding instructions. The ACE Act places an emphasis on restoration efforts that will improve recreational fishing opportunities and public use of resources. Improvements in public access as a component of projects are also encouraged. Projects must have a minimum of 1:1 non-federal match.
To meet the requirements of the ACE Act, the timeline for soliciting proposals has shifted as well, and applications will now be due to ACFHP in the winter of the preceding fiscal year. Applications in MS Word format must be received by 5:00 pm Eastern time on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 for FY2023 project funding consideration.
For complete information and guidelines on how to apply please visit: FY2023 Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Funding Cycle – Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (atlanticfishhabitat.org) or look at the ‘Funding Opportunities’ page under ‘Get Involved’ on the ACFHP website: https://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/funding-opportunities/. For questions and to submit your application, contact Lisa Havel, ACFHP Director, LHavel@asmfc.org.