GRANT WRITING TIPS
If you generally have a project in mind, here are some tips for writing an effective Salmon Recovery Funding Board Project Application.
Know the Program First
Take the time to read carefully the program guidelines covered in the Salmon Recovery Grants Manual, especially Section 2, “Eligible Applicants and Proposals,” and attend a RCO sponsored workshop.
Understand the Lead Entity Strategy for WRIA 22-23
Be able to state how your project idea satisfies a real need within WRIA 22-23. Read through the Chehalis Basin Salmon Habitat Restoration and Preservation Work Plan and try to focus how your idea relates to the goals, strategies, and especially the actions within your subbasin profile of interest. You will need to demonstrate in writing a real connection to benefitting salmon recovery through habitat restoration or protection.
Develop a Solid Proposal
Start out by drafting a project concept that meets a clearly defined need and makes a real impact by using sound science. Always keep in mind the cumulative impact of the project.
For instance, if you are considering a barrier removal project, find out about downstream and upstream conditions that might reduce the impact of your project. For example, determine if there are other downstream barriers limiting upstream migration or if conditions above the barrier removal project open enough habitat to justify the expense. These are important points to get across in your application.
There are a couple of ways to research these issues. Begin by examining the current literature available about your area in our Library. You will find many of the “essential” information resources about the subbasin you intend to work in.
Augment your literature search next by talking to knowledgeable parties. This may include the assigned WDFW or tribal habitat biologist for your area of interest or the landowner. Be sure to discuss your project ideas with them and ask their advice.
As you approach the specifics of designing of the project, ensure your approach uses sound science and engineering, if applicable. Consider details about timetables, permits, and schedule.
Finally, write out all the steps to completing the project.