Federal Highway Administration grants are available for culvert work.

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 6, 2023, for the Federal Highway Administration’s National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program or Culvert Aquatic Organism Passage Program.

Funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the competitive grant program has been authorized to distribute $800 million over the next five years for the replacement, removal, repair and improvement of culverts or weirs that would improve or restore the passage of fish heading upstream to spawn. Up to $196 million will be awarded in the first year.

States, tribal governments, and local government entities are eligible to apply. There is no minimum or maximum award for grantees, but the U.S. Department of Transportation anticipates awards ranging from $100,000 to $2 million. Recipients are required to contribute a local match of no less than 20% of eligible project costs.

The program will prioritize projects that would open up more than 200 meters of upstream habitat before the end of the natural habitat, as well as projects that would improve passage for anadromous fish stocks that are or could become listed as endangered or threatened species, fish stocks considered prey for endangered or threatened species, and fish stocks identified as climate resilient.

Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov.

For more information, contact Rick Murray at the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Acquisition and Grants Management at CulvertAOP@dot.gov or 202-366-4250. An informational webinar and additional resources are available on the Federal Highway Administration website.

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