Shore Friendly Grant Program

Shore Friendly was developed in 2014 to fund local programs that provide stewardship incentives to shoreline landowners. With the goals of reducing shoreline armoring and restoring shoreline habitat, private landowners and communities are engaged and inspired to change how they manage shorelines.  

Incentive programs for landowners of marine shorelines in Puget Sound have been implemented over the past five years by numerous organizations and governments throughout the Sound. These programs have successfully engaged landowners to consider armor removal and restoration on their property through incentives. However, many of these programs have operated on short-term federal grant funding that has expired. The Puget Sound Partnership's Ecosystem Coordination Board requested that WDFW ask the Legislature for ongoing state funds to support the continuation of these types of programs in the 2019-2021 biennium. The program is now part of the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program's (ESRP's) investment plan.

Before and after shoreline restoration of property in Dyes Inlet with the Shore Friendly program.
Shoreline of Dyes Inlet before (left) and after (right) armor removed with Shore Friendly. Kirvie Mesebeluu-Yobech

Since implementation in 2014:

  • 1,300+ landowners have participated in Shore Friendly workshops or presentations
  • Nearly 500 landowners have received on-site assistance
  • 3,204 linear feet of shoreline armor have been removed as a result of the program

If you're a landowner and would like more information on how to get involved, see the Shore Friendly website.

To see an example of a Shore Friendly success story, see this ESRI Story Map.

Grant program information

Why is the Shore Friendly program on the ESRP Investment Plan? 

Incentive programs for marine shoreline landowners in Puget Sound have been implemented over the past five years by numerous organizations and governments throughout the Sound. These programs have successfully engaged landowners to consider armor removal and restoration on their property through incentives. However, many of these programs operate on short-term federal grant funding that is expiring. The Puget Sound Partnership's Ecosystem Coordination Board requested that WDFW ask the Legislature for ongoing state funds to support the continuation of these types of programs in the 2019-2021 biennium. ESRP also has a Small Grants program in which shoreline projects of local importance that provide significant contributions to regional goals are eligible to compete for funding. Several projects identified through Shore Friendly programs are included on the 2019-2021 Preliminary Investment Plan.

What is the current status of ESRP’s Shore Friendly program?

ESRP recently concluded a competitive grant process to award funding to successful grant recipients throughout the Puget Sound.  The competition resulted in six successful local programs that cover the entirety of Puget Sound’s marine shorelines. 

How is the Shore Friendly program funded?

ESRP received a $10 million appropriation from the Washington State Legislature for the 2019-21 biennium, including limited funding for the Shore Friendly program. Acknowledging the potential for a wide funding gap at the outset of this grant process, ESRP actively sought to support the program with outside funding partnerships. The Habitat Strategic Initiative generously offered to leverage and align Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program funding to support the transition of Shore Friendly programs to ESRP in the short-term. 

Which programs will be funded?

Selected proposal Award Geographic scope of work Sponsor
Expand South Sound Shore Friendly Programs $570,000 Mason, Thurston, and Pierce Counties Mason, Thurston, and Pierce Conservation Districts
Shore Friendly Kitsap $250,000 Kitsap County Kitsap County
Northwest Straits Shore Friendly $510,000 Clallam, Jefferson, San Juan, Island, Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Foundation
Island County Shore Friendly Program $132,000 Island County Island County
Shore Friendly King County $150,000 King County King Conservation District
Shore Friendly Program (Swinomish) $120,000 Swinomish Reservation Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

What type of work will these programs fund?

ESRP is primarily funded by state capital dollars. Local and sub-regional Shore Friendly programs conduct many activities that are eligible for funding through the capital budget. Examples of eligible activities include technical site visits, permit support, engineering designs, construction cost shares, and capital program administration. Workshops and other general education activities will be funded in the 2019-21 biennium through a state/federal partnership with the Habitat Strategic Initiative.