Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)
Grants to Washington nonprofits, businesses, individuals, agencies, and educational institutions to engage underserved youth in outdoor recreation and education experiences. Applicants are required to submit a pre-application prior to submission of a final application. Emphasis is placed on youth with the greatest needs. Funding is intended to provide underserved youth with quality opportunities to experience the natural world.
Grants are available for outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth through the age of 18 or those enrolled in high school or General Education Development (GED) programs.
This grant program intends to maximize the number of Washington State youth who are provided quality outdoor experiences and empower local communities to engage youth in outdoor education and recreation, focusing on youth participants with the greatest need. Students work to improve their overall academic performance, self-esteem, personal responsibility, community involvement, health, and understanding of nature.
The "No Child Left Inside" grant program is especially geared to fund activities that benefit:
Programs include, but are not limited to, the following:
For a list of eligible costs, see the Grant Manual:
GrantWatch ID#: 166766
There are three funding categories for this grant program:
- Tier 1: Grants are limited to $25,000 (minimum request is $5,000).
- Tier 2: Grants are limited to $75,000 (minimum request is $5,000).
- Tier 3: Grants are limited to $150,000 (minimum request is $75,001).
Successful applicants have until June 30, 2023 to complete their projects.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://rco.wa.gov/recreation-and-conservation-office-grants/apply-for-a-grant/prism/
RCO grant managers are available to answer questions about this grant program. Please feel free to call.
Recreation and Conservation Office
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington Street
Olympia, WA 98501
Telephone: (360) 902-3000
Fax: (360) 902-3026
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