(Closed for FY2022) National Culvert Removal, Replacement & Restoration Grant Program – Culvert Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP) Program

Agency: U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Description: Up to $196 million in FY2022 for the replacement, removal, and improvement of culverts or weirs that would meaningfully improve or restore fish passage for anadromous fish. Anadromous fish species are born in freshwater such as streams and rivers, spend most of their lives in the marine environment, and migrate back to freshwater to spawn. Salmon are the most widely known examples of anadromous fish, but this category of fish also includes sturgeon, river herring, striped bass, and other species. No minimum or maximum award size, but U.S. DOT anticipates awarding hundreds of grants in amounts ranging from approximately $100,000 to $2,000,000.

Link to Program Website: 

FHWA Culvert AOP Program

Eligible Applicant(s): State, Municipalities, CRCOG, Others

Due Date: Monday, February 6, 2023 (must submit applications electronically through Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time)

Local Match Requirement: Minimum of 20% the total project costs

Reference Information: 

Information about anadromous fish in CT can be found on the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) website.  CRCOG Staff is working with CTDEEP Staff, and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Document from CTDEEP: Migratory-Fish-Runs

Webinar: FHWA Webinar #1 General Overview of How to Apply, October 26, 2022 1:30 – 3:00 pm Register