OLYMPIA – Applications are being accepted now for grants to benefit trails, boating and shooting ranges, the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office announced today.
“These grants are vital for maintaining the thousands of miles of trails through the mountains and forests of Washington, and for ensuring there are launch ramps and other facilities for boaters,” said Kaleen Cottingham, the office’s director. “It’s also an investment in people. These grants supports the outdoor recreation industry that generates more than $21 billion annually and puts nearly 200,000 people to work in jobs across the state.”
The office’s grant programs are the largest source of state funding for many of Washington’s outdoor recreation experiences. The Recreation and Conservation Office currently is offering grants in the following categories:
- Boating–Grants to acquire develop and renovate facilities including launching ramps, guest moorage and support facilities for motorized boats and other watercraft.
- Shooting Ranges–Grants to buy land, develop and renovate firearm ranges and archery training and practice facilities.
- Trails–Grants to maintain and develop backcountry trails.
Grant applications go through a competitive evaluation process, supported by a diverse network of volunteers from outdoor recreation fields. Given the expected number of applications, the open public evaluation process ensures the best projects float to the top for funding.
Questions? Contact your outdoor grants manager.
The Recreation and Conservation Office administers 20 grant programs for activities such as building parks, trails and boating facilities; protecting wildlife habitat; conserving working farms and forests; and recovering salmon from near extinction. Since 1964, the office has awarded more than $2 billion for more than 9,500 projects across the state. Funding for these grants come from federal and state sources, including bonds, taxes and user fees.