Shore Friendly Grant Program

Shore Friendly is an incentive program for private landowners of marine shorelines in Puget Sound that was originally developed and federally funded in 2014. The goals of the program are to reduce shoreline armor and restore shoreline habitat across the Sound for fish, wildlife, and communities. The Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP) works together with local lead organizations to implement the Shore Friendly program and offer stewardship incentives that inspire and engage landowners and communities to change how they manage shorelines. 

Request for Proposals

For those who may be considering applying for the ESRP Shore Friendly Six-Year Local Program Grants, see the newly released 2024 Request for Proposals document and the new 2024 grant calendar below.

If you are a landowner and would like to learn more about the Shore Friendly program, please visit the Shore Friendly website or check out this example of a Shore Friendly project. If you’d like to connect directly with resources for your area, select your local Shore Friendly organization from the table below.

Find Your Local Shore Friendly Program

Program Coverage Local Program Program Lead

Clallam County

Northwest Straits Shore Friendly Northwest Straits Foundation
Island County Island County Shore Friendly Island County
Jefferson County Northwest Straits Shore Friendly Northwest Straits Foundation
King County Shore Friendly King County Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group
Kitsap County Shore Friendly Kitsap Kitsap County
Mason County Shore Friendly Mason Mason Conservation District
Pierce County Shore Friendly Pierce Pierce Conservation District
San Juan County Northwest Straits Shore Friendly Northwest Straits Foundation
Skagit County Northwest Straits Shore Friendly Northwest Straits Foundation
Snohomish County Northwest Straits Shore Friendly Northwest Straits Foundation
Swinomish Reservation Shore Friendly Swinomish Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Thurston County Shore Friendly Thurston Thurston Conservation District
Whatcom County Northwest Straits Shore Friendly Northwest Straits Foundation

Program History

Incentive programs for landowners of marine shorelines in Puget Sound have been implemented since 2014 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. When federal grant funding for these programs 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 and the program is now part of the ESRP's biennial investment plan with strong support and current grant funding awarded through 2023.

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

Shore Friendly Grants Application Schedule 

2025-2027 Grant Round

RFP released

Jan. 17, 2024

Release Shore Friendly Grants RFP.

Optional Pre-Proposal Support:

One on One Applicant Consultations
January 18 – 25, 2024 ESRP Shore Friendly staff are offering 30 min one on one application consultations for applicants, as needed.  Applicants may schedule a consultation by emailing

Optional Pre-Proposal Support:

Live Q&A Session

January 22, 2024

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Previously, ESRP had an Informational Webinar scheduled for the Shore Friendly RFP on January 18th. The schedule has been revised to accommodate a more comprehensive and diverse method of early support to applicants: 1) an optional question and answer (Q&A) session, 2) optional one on one applicant consultations, and 3) a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. 

The live Q&A session will be an open time for applicants to bring questions to the Shore Friendly staff. Some questions may be answered live, while others may be included in the FAQ. Register for the session here.

The ESRP Informational Webinar for the Restoration and Protection, Learning, and Small Grants opportunities, along with a demonstration on how to apply for grants using PRISM Online is available at 1 hour 41 min. in the recording.

Publish FAQ February 2, 2024 View the Frequently Asked Questions document.

Pre-proposals due

Feb. 15, 2024

Pre-proposals due in PRISM.

Pre-proposal review complete; invitation to submit full proposal

March 8, 2024

Pre-proposal review complete; applicants invited to submit Full Proposals to Shore Friendly Grants.

Applicant presentations

April 22 – 24, 2024

Applicant presentations to reviewers.

Final applications due in PRISM

May 15, 2024

Final applications due for Shore Friendly Grants.

Technical review

June 10 – 13, 2024

Technical review week.

2025-27 Preliminary Investment Plan released

Oct. 1, 2024 Funding notification is dependent upon the final 2025-27 state budget. Funds are anticipated to be available on July 1, 2025.

Final investment plan

Spring 2025

Determined by WA Legislature.

Anticipated grant period

July 1, 2025 – June 30, 2031

Local programs will be awarded 6-year contracts with three biennial funding agreements during the grant period.

Shore Friendly Grant Program Information

The Shore Friendly program has received funding through the 2021-2023 biennium as part of the ESRP Investment Plan.

How is the Shore Friendly program funded?

ESRP received a $15.7 million appropriation from the Washington State Legislature for the 2021-23 biennium, including nearly $2.5 million in funding for the Shore Friendly program. Acknowledging the potential for a wide funding gap at the outset of the 2019-21 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.

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 2021-23 biennium through a state/federal partnership with the Habitat Strategic Initiative.