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Grants to Washington Agencies, Tribes, and Nonprofit Off-Road
Vehicle Organizations to Enhance Opportunities for Recreation

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Grants to Washington agencies, Native American tribes, and nonprofit off-road vehicle organizations to enhance recreational opportunities. Some applicants are required to submit a preliminary plan prior to submitting an application. Grants are available in the following four categories: nonhighway road, nonmotorized, off-road vehicle, and education and enforcement. Funding should be used to expand an applicant’s existing capacity to provide outdoor recreation facilities to its users.

The Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities program provides funding to develop and manage recreation opportunities for such activities as cross-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain bicycling, hunting, fishing, sightseeing, motorcycling, and riding all-terrain and four-wheel drive vehicles. A portion of the funding also is available for education and enforcement programs that encourage environmentally responsible use of the outdoors and for helping to minimize conflict between visitors through positive management techniques. Except for off-road vehicle facilities, activities supported by this program must be accessed via a non-highway road, which is a public road that was not built or maintained with gasoline tax funding. Non-highway roads are found most often in state and national forests and national parks.

The Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities (NOVA) program provides grants to plan, buy, develop, and maintain land and facilities that support a range of trail and back-road related outdoor recreation, such as the following:

  • Riding all-terrain, utility task, and four-wheel-drive vehicles
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Gathering berries, firewood, mushrooms, and other natural products
  • Horseback riding and pack animal activities
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
  • Mountain bicycling
  • Hiking, backpacking, and climbing
  • Motorcycling off-road
  • Sightseeing

Activities supported by the program range from development of trails and trailheads, to maintenance and operations of intensive use areas such as off-road vehicle sports parks, to educating the public about safely using these areas. NOVA grants are intended to allow agencies to provide quality opportunities for recreationists–opportunities that satisfy user needs, are environmentally responsible, and minimize conflict between user groups.

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For eligible project types and costs, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 137047

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Nonhighway Road:
- Maintenance and Operation: $150,000
- Land Acquisition, Development, Planning: $200,000

- Maintenance and Operation: $150,000
- Land Acquisition, Development, Planning: $200,000

Off-road Vehicle:
- Maintenance and Operation: $200,000
- Land Acquisition, Development, Planning: No limit

Term of Contract:

- Acquisition, development, and planning grants: Up to 3 years
- Maintenance and operation grants: Up to 2 years
- Exceptionally complex projects: Up to 3½ years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply:
• Local agencies (cities, towns, counties, port districts, park and recreation districts, etc.)
• Federal agencies
• State agencies
• Native American tribes
• Nonprofit off-road vehicle organizations

For ineligible projects, see the URL for Full Text and

For ineligible costs for all projects, see

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Live Application Webinar: August 10 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Grant Application Schedule:
- Applications Open and Webinar Posted: August 10, 2020
- Plan Due: September 1, 2020
- Application Due: November 1, 2020
- Technical Review: November 2, 2020 - December 18, 2020
- Technical Completion Deadline: January 21, 2021
- Project Evaluation: March 1, 2021 - March 5, 2021
- Board Approves Preliminary Ranked Lists: April 1, 2021 - April 30, 2021 (Estimate)
- Board Awards Grants: June 29, 2021 - June 30, 2021 (Estimate)

RCO grants managers are available to answer questions about this manual and grant program. Please feel free to call.

To apply for this funding, grant applicants must have completed a comprehensive recreation or conservation plan. Maintenance and operations projects do not need a plan. For more information, see and Manual 2: Planning Policies and Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board requires all organizations wishing to apply for a grant for the first time to submit a legal opinion that the applicant is eligible to do all the activities below. The legal opinion is required only once to establish eligibility.

In general, RCO does not limit the number of grant proposals from a single applicant during the biennial grant cycle. However, each proposal must be for a different scope of work.

Although match is not required for the NOVA program, applicants are strongly encouraged to provide matching resources. For more information, see

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Recreation and Conservation Office
Natural Resources Building Telephone: (360) 902-3000
1111 Washington Street FAX: (360) 902-3026
Olympia, WA 98501

Telephone: (360) 902-3000
Fax: (360) 902-3026
Hearing Impaired Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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