OLYMPIA – The state is accepting applications for funding to build a range of outdoor recreational facilities and to preserve and restore salmon habitat, the Recreation and Conservation Office announced today.
“These grants help make our communities great places to live, work and play,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office. “Without them, many communities wouldn’t have the resources to provide parks and trails or take care of endangered species.”
The Recreation and Conservation Office offers 12 grant programs for activities such as building parks and trails, protecting wildlife habitat and conserving working farms. Since 1964, the office has administered more than $1.3 billion for more than 6,200 projects touching every county in the state.
This year, the office is offering grants in the following categories:
- Boating – Funding to acquire, develop or renovate public boating facilities, including boat launches and ramps, guest moorage and support facilities for all sizes of boats. Grant applications are due May 1.
- Firearm and Archery Ranges – Funding to acquire, develop and renovate firearm range and archery training and practice facilities. Grant applications are due May 1.
- Parks – Funding to acquire land and develop outdoor recreation facilities for the public. Grant applications are due May 1.
- Salmon Recovery – Funding to acquire and restore important salmon habitat. Grant applications must go through lead entities, which are watershed-based organizations and the deadlines vary. Visit the Web site for lead entity contact information.
- Trails – Funding to maintain and develop backcountry trails and off-road vehicle areas. Environmental education and trail safety programs also are eligible. Grant applications are due April 1.
For more information on who’s eligible to apply and what projects can compete, visit the Recreation and Conservation Office Web site.
“These grants come from a variety of sources – the federal government, state funding and user fees,” Cottingham said. “They are an important source of funding for local governments, tribes and community organizations to provide places for people to recreate and wildlife to live. Washington wouldn’t be the great state it is without this kind of public investment.”