PRA Planning for Recreation Access


$2.3 million


Grant Limit

To Be Determined


Match Requirement



The Washington State Legislature created the Planning for Recreation Access program to fund planning projects in communities that lack adequate access to outdoor recreation opportunities.

Grants may be 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.

Program development is underway, and more details and resources will be available through the fall.

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

Applications Open

October 1, 2022 

Applications Due

October 31, 2022 

Project Evaluation

November 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022 Estimate

Grants Awarded

December 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022 Estimate

Grant Award History

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

Application Resources


Free Application Webinars will be held in September and October. The Webinars will provide information about the grant program and how to apply. Watch this page for details on dates and times.

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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 districts, port districts


The Legislature provides funding from the sale of state bonds.

Grant Limits

To be determined.

Match Details

Applicants are not required to provide matching resources.

Eligible Projects

All phases of planning, pre-design, and technical assistance for public 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