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Youth Athletic Facilities (YAF) Program

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Tribes, and Agencies
to Develop and Renovate Athletic Facilities for Youth

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Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)

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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, tribes, government agencies, and park districts to develop outdoor sports facilities. Funding may be used for land purchases, development, and renovation. Funding is primarily focused on developing facilities for youth. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to design facilities to serve all ages and multiple activities.

An athletic facility is an outdoor facility used for playing sports or participating in competitive athletics and excludes playgrounds, tot lots, vacant lots, open or undeveloped fields, and level open space used for non-athletic play.

YAF has the following two categories:

  • Large Grants Category: Grants in this category may be used to acquire land and develop or renovate athletic
    facilities used for playing competitive sports.
  • Small Grants Category: Grants in this category may be used to develop or renovate athletic facilities used for
    playing competitive sports.

Typical Projects

  • Adding lights to a field to allow evening games
  • Changing an underused tennis court to a high-demand basketball court
  • Changing the field surface, such as installing artificial turf, to allow more games per season or more seasons when the field may be used
  • Expanding a youth-sized softball field to accommodate broader community uses

Eligible Projects

  • Architectural and engineering costs
  • Areas associated with track and field events
  • Land acquisition when combined with development or renovation of outdoor athletic facilities
  • Outdoor athletic fields, such as baseball, lacrosse, and soccer fields
  • Outside pools for competitive events
  • Sport courts outdoors such as tennis or basketball courts
  • Support elements such as landscaping, restrooms, drinking fountains, bleachers, bike racks, scoreboards, signs, roads, driveways, fire lanes, and parking lots. These projects must include an “in bounds” item, which is an item found within the field of play or on the court or track and is essential for the competitive sport to occur. Refer to the Manual 17, Youth Athletic Facilities for more details or contact the grants manager. This requirement does not apply to stand-alone accessibility improvement projects in the Small Grants Category.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147288

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

-Small Grants: Up to $75,000 (total project cost including match must be no greater than $150,000)
-Large Grants: $25,000-$350,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
Small Grants Category:
-Cities, towns, and park districts with a population of 10,000 residents or fewer.
-Counties with 60,000 residents or fewer. The project must be in an unincorporated area.
-Native American tribes
-Nonprofit organizations. The population of the jurisdiction where the project lies will apply.
Large Grants Category
-Park districts
-Native American tribes
-Nonprofit organizations active in youth or community athletic activities for at least 3 years

Ineligible Projects
-Acquisition or combination projects in the Small Grants Category
-Any facility intended exclusively or primarily for professional or semi-pro sports use
-Any work done on a facility not eligible for a YAF grant
-Consumable supplies such as light bulbs, toilet paper, fertilizer, chalk, and fuel
-Elements that cannot be defined as fixtures or capital items, such as uniforms, bats, balls, and coolers
-Indirect costs
-Indoor facilities such as gyms, courts, pools, ice rinks
-Multiple Small Grant Category applications at the same facility or location in the same biennium
-Organizational operating expenses or overhead including staff salaries
-Purchase of maintenance equipment, tools, or supplies
-Routine maintenance such as lawn mowing
-Signs or displays promoting tobacco products or alcoholic beverages
-Stand-alone acquisitions
-Utility payments such as monthly water or electric bills

Pre-Application Information:

Applicant Webinar, Applications Open: February 13, 2020
Application Due: June 1, 2020
Technical Review: June 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020
Technical Completion Deadline: August 10, 2020
Project Evaluation (written): August 27, 2020 - September 30, 2020
Board Approves Preliminary Ranked Lists: November 5, 2020
Board Awards Grants: July 1, 2021 Estimate

All project evaluations will be Web-based. There will be no in-person meetings and the evaluation committee will work remotely as well.

Applicants must contribute match that equals the amount of the grant request.
Match may include the following:
-Appropriations or cash
-Donations of cash, labor, equipment, and materials
-Other grants
-Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials

Some local agencies may reduce their match if they meet any of the criteria below:
-Communities in need
-Under-served populations
-Counties in need
-Federal disaster area

2020 Grant Application Webinar:

Recreation and Conservation Grant Application Webinar Q&A:

For more relevant documents, please see the RFP link below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Beth Auerbach
Outdoor Grants Manager

Amee Bahr
Outdoor Grants Manager

DeAnn Beck
Outdoor Grants Manager

Recreation and Conservation Office
1111 Washington Street SE
P.O. Box 40917
Olympia, Washington 98504-0917
(360) 902-3000
TDD (360) 902-1996

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