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Grants to Washington Agencies and Tribes for Projects that Promote Outdoor Recreation

Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) - Recreation Projects


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Funding Source
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington

Important Dates
LOI Date: 03/01/22
Deadline: 05/03/22 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington state and local government agencies, Tribes, and political subdivisions for land acquisition and development projects to enhance outdoor recreation. Applicants must submit a preliminary plan prior to submitting a full proposal. Required registrations may take up to two working days to finalize. Focus areas include trails, parks, water access, and the restoration and conservation of state land.

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program provides funding for a broad range of land protection and outdoor recreation, including local and state parks, trails, water access, and the conservation and restoration of state land.

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program was envisioned as a way for the state to accomplish two goals: acquire valuable recreation and habitat lands before they were lost to other uses and develop recreation areas for a growing population.

Eligible Projects

Land Acquisition

Acquisition includes the purchase of perpetual interest in real property or non-perpetual interests such as leases and easements. Acquisition of non-perpetual interests must be for at least 50 years and may not be revocable at will. Incidental costs related to acquisition are eligible.


Local and State Parks

  • Buildings
  • Campgrounds, cabins
  • Fishing floats
  • Hard court areas
  • Interpretive kiosks, signs
  • Outdoor swimming pools
  • Picnic shelters
  • Play areas
  • Playing fields
  • Restrooms
  • Roads, paths, and parking
  • View areas

State Lands Development and Renovation

  • Campgrounds
  • Fishing piers and platforms
  • Interpretive kiosks, signs
  • Launch ramps and floats
  • Picnic shelters
  • Restrooms
  • Roads, paths, and trails


  • Benches, tables
  • Bridges and boardwalks
  • Interpretive kiosks, signs
  • Restrooms
  • Trails
  • Trailheads
  • Viewpoints

Water Access

  • Buoys
  • Fishing piers and platforms
  • Interpretive kiosks, signs
  • Launch ramps, floats
  • Picnic shelters
  • Restrooms
  • Roads and paths

Land acquired or developed must be kept and maintained for public outdoor recreation use for at least 50 years. Long-term obligations for structures or facilities for outdoor recreation will be tied to a reasonable, agreed-upon service life for the structure or facility.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who May Apply?
Local Parks Category
- Cities, counties, towns
- Federally recognized Indian tribes
- Special purpose districts, port districts, or other political subdivisions of the state providing services to less than the entire state

State Lands Development and Renovation Category
- Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Washington State Department of Natural Resources

State Parks Category
- Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Trails and Water Access Categories
- Cities, counties, towns
- Federally recognized Indian tribes
- Special purpose districts, port districts, or other political subdivisions of the state providing services to less than the entire state
- State agencies (Departments of Enterprise Services, Fish and Wildlife, and Natural Resources, and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission )

Note: Renovation projects are NOT eligible in the State Parks Category.

Ineligible Projects
- Animal species introduction or propagation, other than biological controls for invasive species, etc.
- Concessionaire buildings
- Costs not directly related to implementing the project such as indirect and overhead charges
- Environmental cleanup of illegal activities, such as removal of derelict vessels, trash, meth labs)
- Wildlife production facilities such as fish hatcheries
- Indoor facilities such as community centers, environmental education or learning centers, gyms, swimming and therapy pools, and covered ice-skating rinks
- Offices, shops, residences, and meeting and storage rooms, except for some limited exceptions in the Local and State Parks Categories
- Properties acquired via condemnation of any kind
- Specific projects or actions identified as mitigation as part of a habitat conservation plan approved by the federal government for incidental take of endangered or threatened species or other projects identified for habitat mitigation purposes
- Routine operation and maintenance costs

Pre-Proposal Conference
The 2022 Application Webinar Is Here!
It will be held on February 17 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. followed by Q&A breakout sessions with grant managers from 10:00-10:30 a.m. Click here for registration:

Pre-Application Information
Grant Application Schedule
- Applicant Webinar, Applications Open: February 17, 2022
- Plan Due A comprehensive plan is required to be eligible for a grant.: March 1, 2022
- Application Due: May 3, 2022
- Technical Review - Local Parks Category: June 6, 2022 - June 10, 2022
- Technical Review (Written) - State Lands Development and Renovation Category: May 11, 2022 - June 6, 2022
- Technical Review - State Parks Category: May 24, 2022
- Technical Review -Trails Category: June 6, 2022 - June 8, 2022
- Technical Review - Water Access Category: June 1, 2022 - June 2, 2022
- Technical Completion Deadline: July 19, 2022
- Evaluation - Local Parks Category: August 22, 2022 - August 26, 2022
- Evaluation (Written) - State Lands Development and Renovation Category: July 28, 2022 - August 24, 2022
- Evaluation - State Parks Category: August 11, 2022
- Evaluation -Trails Category: August 22, 2022 - August 24, 2022
- Evaluation - Water Access Category: August 29, 2022 - August 30, 2022
- Board Approves Preliminary Ranked Lists: October 25, 2022 - October 26, 2022
- Ranked Lists Submitted to the Governor: October 31, 2022
- Board Awards Grants: June 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023 (estimate)

Match Information:
- State agencies do not have to provide match.
- Match may include the following: Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials; Appropriations or cash; Bonds; Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment, and materials; Other grants
- Match Reductions: Some local agencies applying for grants in the Local Parks, Trails, or Water Access Categories may reduce their match if they meet any of the criteria below: Communities in need; Underserved populations; Counties in need; Federal disaster area. See if you qualify at

To apply for this funding, grant applicants must have completed a comprehensive recreation or conservation plan. See details on the planning page ( and in Manual 2: Planning Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

Most of RCO’s grant programs require an online application in PRISM. To begin, applicants must sign up for a SecureAccess Washington account and request a PRISM account if you don’t already have one. RCO will create a PRISM account for you, and your login name and temporary password will be e-mailed to you within 2 working days.
- Request SecureAccess Account:
- Request PRISM Account:

How to Apply:

The 2022 Application Webinar Recording Is Here:

Application Webinar Q&A:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grant limit: $1,000,000

Grant Limits:
- Local Parks
Acquisition Projects: $1 million
Development Projects: $500,000
Combination Projects (Acquisition with either development or renovation): $1 million, of which not more than $500,000 may be for development costs
- State Lands Development and Renovation: Minimum $25,000, maximum $325,000
- State Parks: None
- Trails: None
- Water Access: None

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