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The Desert Fish Habitat Partnership FY 2025 Request For Proposals is Open!

+++ Deadline to Apply is COB on March 8, 2024 +++


The Desert Fish Habitat Partnership (DFHP) is proud to announce our FY2025 Request for Project Proposals. As one of 20 federally recognized National Fish Habitat Partnerships, DFHP is a collaborative effort represented by 11 western states, seven federal agencies, sovereign tribes and tribal organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private conservation groups that seek to cooperatively conserve native desert fish species across their historic ranges by protecting, restoring, and enhancing aquatic ecosystems.  Project funding is made available to grantees annually through the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) Board.

Eligible Projects

NFHP funds must be used for on-the-ground habitat projects (engineering assessment, design, construction, implementation, monitoring, etc.), scientific assessments, outreach or communication projects, or acquisition of real property. Funds may not be used for research projects. Types of eligible projects may include riparian or instream habitat protection, enhancement, and restoration; barrier removal or construction; range-wide population or watershed habitat assessments to prioritize and plan habitat conservation; and habitat-related community outreach and education actions.

FY 2025 Focal Area

Up to 75% of DFHP’s NFHP funding may be allocated to a specific DFHP geographic region rotating on an annual basis, starting with Basin and Range, and followed by the Lower Colorado, Upper Colorado, and Rio Grande (see map below delineating geographic region boundaries).  It is not guaranteed that a full 75% of NFHP funds will be allocated to projects within the focal geographic region of that year and project submissions from all geographic regions are welcomed and encouraged.  Proposals will be judged on merit, first and foremost.

  • FY2025 – Basin and Range

  • FY2026 – Lower Colorado

  • FY2027 – Upper Colorado

  • FY2028 – Rio Grande


Available Funding

The America's Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act authorizes an appropriation of $7.2 million in NFHP funds for FY2025 projects. However, the exact amount of funding available to DFHP varies annually and is not known at this time.  This is a very competitive process and we anticipate the pool of applicants will exceed the available pool of funding. Typical funding per project is in the range of $5k-$50k; however, proposals requesting over $50k are still welcome and considered. There is a 1:1 non-Federal match requirement, which may include cash and/or in-kind labor, materials, or equipment if there are no federal ties to those funds. Special consideration will be given to projects with more than the minimum non-federal match.   

DFHP Request for Proposals (RFP) 

Click here to read the Full Funding Announcement.   Applications are due by COB on March 8, 2024.  Late applications may only be considered under special circumstances.  If you have any questions, please contact DFHP Coordinator, Jennifer Graves, at

DFHP Project Application Forms 

There are three parts to the proposal.  1) A DFHP Project Application Form, 2) A Budget Template Worksheet, and 3) A Project Metrics Worksheet.  All documents must be completed for project proposals seeking FY 2025 funding.  

DFHP Proposal Evaluation and Criteria Form

This document provides detailed criteria that the DFHP Steering Committee will consider when selecting and scoring projects for funding. Click here to download the document. 

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