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State coordination for FY25 RFP

coordination deadline extended; final applications due February 9, 2024.

The EBTJV has revised its deadline for initiating contact with your state fish and wildlife agency representative to January 19, 2024. Final applications due February 9 through our website.


The Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV) is requesting project proposals that are focused on Brook Trout conservation actions. Federal funding is available through the National Fish Habitat Partnership - up to $50,000/project, with a 1:1 nonfederal to grant match. EBTJV will score and rank proposals for consideration by the NFHAP board and the Department of the Interior. 


The deadline for initiating contact with your fish and wildlife agency representative has been extended to January 19. Check here --> EBTJV State Contact List


What do we mean by initiating contact? Ideally, you should email or call your representative to ask if they would review your project idea, prior to you writing a full proposal. You should let them know in a nutshell your objectives, project location (GPS coordinates or road intersection is helpful), who you are partnering with, timeline, and what you know about the status of brook trout and other species in that watershed.


You will need to request a letter of support from this person in order to attach the letter to your application by the final due date of February 9, 2024. This letter will address multiple aspects of the project and applicant’s readiness, including the objectives, location (including if the habitat can or will support brook trout, and if invasive species that could access the project site are considered), whether genetic data have been collected or referenced where appropriate, thoughtfulness of a monitoring plan, and potential for long-term success.


Examples of eligible projects include (but are not limited to):

  • restoring aquatic connectivity by removing small dams and replacing undersized culverts;
  • executing strategies that eliminate competition from non-native species (including removal);
  • planting native shrubs and trees in riparian zones to provide shade and stream bank stabilization;
  • adding large woody material to streams to add complexity, improve sediment sorting, and reconnect groundwater;
  • restoring native brook trout to watersheds where it has been extirpated; and
  • implementing watershed conservation practices that reduce sediment and nutrient pollution.


Projects are evaluated in context of whether the root causes of brook trout decline have been or will be addressed as a first step, and if available physical and biological data have been considered. Additionally, efforts to maintain or improve public access, educate the public and other stakeholders about the conservation actions, and monitor project outcomes should ideally be included as components of a successful project (but are not eligible as a stand alone project).


Proposals MUST show

  • pertinent sponsor experience and project management
  • ecological benefits
  • measurable goals and objectives
  • appropriate monitoring and evaluation plan
  • how project will address at least one EBTJV objective; and
  • 1:1 nonfederal match


Coordination with your state representative is meant to help you with ensuring your project is a good fit for EBTJV funding. More details can be seen in the RFP and EBTJV’s Project Scoring Criteria. Past funded projects are highlighted on our website.


The deadline for submitting your Brook Trout conservation project proposal is 5:00 pm (Eastern Time) on February 9, 2024, via the EBTJV website.


Thank you for your work. The EBTJV review team looks forward to your application.



Lori Maloney, EBTJV Coordinator


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See below for an example of a project funded in FY21.

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