Tacoma Power is now accepting grant applications for projects to promote recovery of endangered salmon species in the upper Cowlitz River basin.

The grants are funded through its Cowlitz Restoration and Recovery (CRR) Fund. The goal of the CRR Fund is to “support activities that protect and promote recovery of endangered salmon species in the upper Cowlitz River basin.”

Tacoma Power has up to $3 million in funding available for “on-the-ground” habitat and hatchery projects, or activities that lead to such on-the-ground projects, focused on reintroduction and recovery of Cowlitz salmon populations that are listed under the Endangered Species Act, originating in the upper basin, upstream of Barrier Dam, with a focus on spring Chinook.

Eligible organizations include conservation groups registered as a nonprofit, Native American tribes, regional fisheries enhancement groups, conservation districts, local and state government entities, and federal agencies.

Letters of intent are due May 17. Draft applications are due June 14. Final applications are due July 12. Funding decisions are anticipated to be made this fall.

Application materials are available online. For more information, contact Melora Shelton at (253) 441-4994 or mshelton@cityoftacoma.org.