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

Trails-Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities (NOVA) Program

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Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)

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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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GrantWatch ID#: 137047

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Nonhighway road and nonmotorized: $200,000 for each project with maintenance and operation projects limited to $150,000.

Off-road vehicle: Maintenance and operation projects limited to $200,000, no limit for other project types.

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:
• Cities and towns
• Counties
• Federal agencies
• Native American tribes
• Off-road vehicle nonprofits (in off-road vehicle category only)
• Special purpose districts
• State agencies

Special purpose districts are port, public utility, or park and recreation districts or other political subdivisions of the state that provide services to less than the entire state. The special purpose district legally must be authorized to acquire and develop public open space, habitat, farmlands, riparian habitat, or recreation facilities.

For ineligible projects, see the following link:

For ineligible costs for all projects, see

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Pre-Application Information:

Grant Application Schedule:
- Applications Open: August 10, 2022
- Plan Due: September 1, 2022
- Application Due: November 1, 2022
- Technical Review: November 2, 2022 - December 16, 2022
- Technical Completion Deadline: January 20, 2023
- Project Evaluation: February 27, 2023 - March 3, 2023
- Board Approves Preliminary Ranked Lists: April 1, 2023 - April 30, 2023 estimate
- Board Awards Grants: June 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023 estimate

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.

To apply for this funding, grant applicants must have completed a comprehensive recreation or conservation plan (except for projects in the Education and Enforcement Category and maintenance and operations projects).

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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
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