PRA Planning for Recreation Access


$2.3 million


Grant Limit



Match Requirement



**This grant program is not accepting applications in 2024.**

The Washington State Legislature created the one-time Planning for Recreation Access program to fund planning projects in communities that lack adequate access to outdoor recreation opportunities. This program specifically focuses on diverse urban neighborhoods, small rural communities, and those that are less experienced with RCO's grant process.

Grants are used to support planning, community engagement, and collaboration between local governments, community-based organizations, and residents to define outdoor recreation needs, prioritize investments to address those needs, and prepare on-the-ground projects for RCO and other funding opportunities.

Grant Award History

Most recent grants and evaluation results, listed by the application year.

Application Resources

Grant Manual


Typical Projects

  • Long-range, comprehensive recreation planning
  • Cooperative recreation plan development
  • Pre-design plans and permitting for a park or athletic facility

Who May Apply?

  • Cities, counties, towns
  • Native American tribes
  • Nonprofits
  • Special purpose districts such as park and recreation, port, conservation, and school districts


The Legislature provides funding from the sale of state bonds.

Grant Limits

RCO anticipates awarding grants within a range of $20,000–$250,000 per application. Projects outside this range will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Match Details

Applicants are not required to provide matching resources.

Eligible Projects

All phases of planning, pre-design, and technical assistance for public outdoor recreation facilities including comprehensive plans, construction drawings, environmental assessments, feasibility and preconstruction studies, route surveys and reconnaissance, and site master plans.

Ineligible Projects

  • Projects unlikely to lead to capital development
  • Exclusive planning for recreation programming


Contact Leah Dobey, 360-867-8451

Hearing Impaired, call 711