Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)
Grants starting at $5,000 to Washington nonprofits, businesses, individuals, agencies, and schools to engage underserved youth in outdoor recreation and education experiences. Pre-applications must be submitted for technical review prior to submission of full applications. Emphasis is placed on youth with the greatest needs.
Grants are available for outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth. The program is intended to empower local communities to engage youth in outdoor education and recreation experiences and focuses on serving youth with the greatest needs. Youth work to improve their overall academic performance, self-esteem, personal responsibility, community involvement, personal health, and understanding of nature.
Funding for outdoor education and recreation programs and equipment that:
- Maximize the number of youth who participate in outdoor programming.
- Provide opportunities for underserved youth
- Provide youth with quality opportunities to be outside.
- Employ veterans in the implementation of the program.
Programs include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Canoe and kayaking
-Environmental outdoor education
GrantWatch ID#: 166766
-Tier 1: Grants in this category are open only to programs and organizations that have never
received NCLI funding. Grants are limited to $25,000 (minimum request is $5,000).
-Tier 2: Grants in this category are open to new programs, expansion of existing programs, and existing programs. Grants are limited to $75,000 (minimum request is $5,000).
- Tier 3: Grants in this category are open to new programs, expansion of existing programs, and existing programs. Grants are limited to $150,000 (minimum request is $75,001).
Project must be completed by June 15, 2021.
Only organizations that benefit youth in Washington State may apply, including:
- Public agencies, (cities, counties, special purpose districts)
- Native American tribes
- Non-profit organizations
- Formal school programs
- Informal after school programs
- Community-based programs in Washington
- Veteran organizations
- Private entities including individuals and businesses
Ineligible programs include, but are not limited to the following:
- Facility construction projects
- Annual community festivals, expositions, promotional or fundraising events
- Teacher training programs that do not include hands-on student participation
- Organized team sports such as soccer, baseball, and basketball.
Ineligible costs include but are not limited to:
-Computer games, curriculum development, exhibits and displays (as stand-alone projects that do not have an outdoor component)
-Costs not directly related to implementing the project such as indirect and overhead charges
-Equipment only projects
-Out of state travel, with the exception of bordering counties and cities in Oregon and Idaho
-Purchase of automobiles, vehicles, or boats with motors
-Pre-agreement Costs. There are no eligible pre-agreement costs. RCO will pay only for work performed after project agreements have been signed by both RCO and the project sponsor.
-Preparation of this grant application
-Software development for indoor activities
-Teacher training only
There is no match requirement for Tier 1 projects. A match of 25 percent is required for Tier 2 and Tier 3 projects. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide matching resources to demonstrate a local commitment to the project and to make state funds available to more projects. To qualify, a match must be composed of elements that would be eligible in the No Child Left Inside program. Match may include, but is not limited to the following:
- Appropriations and cash
- Donations: cash, materials, or the value of labor, equipment use, or services
- Applicant’s labor, equipment use, and materials
- Grants: Federal, state, local, or private
To begin the application process an RCO grants manager will review your application to ensure it meets technical requirements and will provide feedback to improve the proposal.
Applications are submitted through the PRISM Online project data system. If you don’t have a PRISM user account, complete the online form and submit to RCO to request a user account.
- PRISM Opens for Applications: January 2, 2019
- Pre-Applications Due (for technical review by RCO): March 1, 2019
- Applications Due: April 1, 2019
- RCO Staff Review: April 1 - 30, 2019
- Evaluation Period (written reviews Tiers 1 and 2): May 15 - June 14, 2019
- Evaluation Period, in person presentations (Tier 3): June 4 - 5, 2019
- Projects Approved: July 15, 2019
- RCO Issues Project Agreements: August 1, 2019
- Project Completion Date: June 15, 2021.
Additional information: http://parks.state.wa.us/972/No-Child-Left-Inside
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Request a login ID and password to apply:
Apply online through PRISM:
Recreation and Conservation Office Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington Street
Olympia, WA 98501
P: (360) 902-3000
F: (360) 902-3026