Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)
Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations and government agencies for the acquisition, development, and renovation of firearm range and archery practice and training facilities. Typical projects include equipment upgrade, clubhouse renovation, new shooting courses construction, and the installation of berms, fences, and other noise and safety elements.
The program was created by the Legislature in 1990 after a report assessing the needs of law enforcement, sports groups, and the general public identified a need for a program and funding to support shooting facilities.
-All funded sites are required to have the range available for general public use 8 or more hours a month.
-Noise and safety abatement projects and projects that directly benefit shooting activities must be built to contain all projectiles to the applicant's property. Range designs must meet guidance published by either the National Rifle Association, National Field Archery Association, or Archery Trade Association. Projects must be evaluated by a certified advisor from one of the associations identified above, by a professional engineer, or by some other qualified professional consultant with experience and expertise in the evaluation and design of ranges and course as condition of funding.
-Land acquisition projects. Grant recipients may acquire real property in fee title, free and clear of underlying liens. Lesser interests, such as significant leases (at least 10 years) and easements, also may be acquired.
-Development projects that develop or renovate range facilities. This includes fixed structures related to range use and management, safety, environmental, accessibility, and noise abatement. The following elements are eligible:
-Closed circuit security cameras
-Roads, paths, parking
-Site preparation, landscaping
-Target holders, bullet traps
GrantWatch ID#: 147292
The grant cap is $150,000.
-Special purpose districts
-Nonprofit shooting organizations
The above entities must be authorized legally to develop, operate, and maintain recreational facilities.
-Involve only planning, design, operation, or maintenance of range facilities
-On property bought under a conditional sales contract, unless the grant applicant has title to the property
-With deed provisions that have a significant negative impact on public recreational use of the property
-That unfairly discriminate among users
-With areas or facilities that have exclusive lease privileges
-Project involving liability insurance only
There is a match requirement of 50 percent for all projects, except noise abatement or safety improvement items, which have a 33 percent match. At least 10 percent of the total project cost must come from a non-state, non-federal contribution.
Match may include:
-Applicant’s cash, labor, materials, and equipment use
-Donations of land, equipment, labor, and materials
-Local, federal, private, and state grants
-Applications Due: November 7, 2018
-Technical Review: November 14-15, 2018
-Technical Completion Deadline: January 4, 2019
-Project Evaluation: February 13-14, 2019
-Board Meeting – Lists Approved: Spring 2019
-Board Meeting – Grants Awarded: June 2019
-Successful Applicant Workshop: Fall 2019
Grant Application Schedule:
Grant Application Materials:
Apply for a Grant:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit grant materials online at:
Karl Jacobs, RCO Grants Manager
State Parks and Recreation
Rory Calhoun, RCO Grants Manager
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Dan Haws, RCO Grants Manager
Department of Natural Resources
Additional Grants Management Contacts:
Recreation and Conservation Office
PO Box 40917
Olympia, WA 98504-0917
Telephone: (360) 902-3000
TTY: (360) 902-1996