Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations and government agencies for a broad range of wildlife and land protection and outdoor recreation projects. Some programs require comprehensive planning documents by March 1. Funding priorities include habitat conservation, park acquisition and development, forestland and farmland preservation, and construction of outdoor recreation facilities. 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
The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board accepts applications in even-numbered years. Citizen committees, made of up experts in recreation and conservation issues, score projects based on objective criteria and submit ranked lists to the board for consideration. The board submits prioritized lists of projects to the Governor and Legislature for approval and funding.
Grant applications are evaluated in 12 categories:
- Critical habitat
- Farmland preservation
- Forestland preservation
- Local parks
- Natural areas
- Riparian protection
- State lands development and renovation
- State lands restoration and enhancement
- State parks
- Urban wildlife habitat
- Water access
- Protecting wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities
- Building regional athletic complexes
- Renovating community parks
- Developing regional trails
- Building waterfront parks
- Restoring state lands
- Protecting farmland
- Conserving working forests
- Conserving wildlife habitat
GrantWatch ID#: 137054
- Critical habitat, farmland preservation, natural areas, state parks, trails, urban wildlife habitat, and water access projects - none.
- Forestland preservation - up to $350,000.
- Local parks projects: acquisition - $1 million; development - $500,000; combination projects - $1 million, of which not more than $500,000 may be for development costs.
- Riparian protection - minimum $25,000, maximum none.
- State lands development and renovation - ranges from $25,000 to $325,000.
- State land restoration and enhancement - ranges from $25,000 to $1 million for any single state project; $500,000 for a multi-site project.
Who can apply?
- Local agencies
- Special purpose districts, such as park and recreation districts, port districts, school districts
- State agencies
- Native American tribes
- Salmon recovery lead entities (in some categories )
- Nonprofits (in some categories )
- Animal species introduction or propagation, other than biological controls for invasive species, etc.
- Concessionaire buildings
- Cost not directly related to implementing the project such as indirect and overhead charges
- Environmental cleanup of illegal activities (i.e., removal of derelict vessels, trash, methamphetamine labs, etc.)
- Fish or wildlife production facilities such as fish hatcheries for the production of sport fish populations.
- Indoor facilities such as community centers, environmental education or learning centers, gymnasiums, swimming and therapy pools, and covered ice-skating rinks
- Offices, shops, residences, and meeting and storage rooms, except as described under "buildings" in the state parks--local parks section
- Properties acquired via condemnation action 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
Recreation or conservation plans due (not required for forestland and farmland applications) - March 1, 2018.
All Applications Due - May 1, 2018
All Grants Awarded - June 2019
Successful Applicant Workshop - Fall 2019
To be eligible for grants, the plans must be valid through October of the even-numbered year.
Grant recipients, except state agencies, must provide at least 50 percent in matching resources.
Local agencies, special purpose districts, salmon recovery lead entities, and nonprofits must provide 50 percent match and at least 10 percent of the total project cost must be from a non-state, non-federal contribution. State agencies do not have to provide match. Native American tribes must provide 50 percent match.
Some local agencies applying for Local Parks, Trails, or Water Access Category grants may reduce their match if they meet any of the criteria below:
- Communities in need
- Under-served populations
- Counties in need
- Federal disaster area
For grant applicant pdf to-do lists and forms:
For grant manual pdfs identified by program:
For links to grant application materials:
For grant schedules:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Contact Scott Robinson
Recreation and Conservation
PO Box 40917
Olympia WA 98504-0917
Telephone: (360) 902-3000
TTY: (360) 902-1996
To contact an Outdoor Grants Manager by county, state, federal agency, or other statewide resource, consult this interactive map: https://www.rco.wa.gov/grants/contact_rec_mgr.shtml