PRA Planning for Recreation Access


$2.3 million


Grant Limit



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. This program will specifically focus on diverse urban neighborhoods, small rural communities, and those that are less experienced with our grant process.

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.

Live Help Hours

Looking for additional help? RCO staff is available to answer your questions via Zoom Wednesdays from
3 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday Zoom Help. (Link is only active Wednesdays from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.)

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

Application Webinar

View recorded Webinar

September 27, 2022 

Applications Open

October 14, 2022 

Application Webinar

View recorded Webinar

October 20, 2022 

Applications Due

November 14, 2022 

Project Evaluation

November 15, 2022 - December 15, 2022 Estimate

Grants Awarded

December 16, 2022 - January 15, 2023 Estimate

Grant Award History

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

Application Resources

Grant Manual


  • A free Application Webinar will be held on October 20 from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. The Webinar will provide information about the grant program and details on how to apply.

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

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