WWRP-Habitat Habitat Conservation Projects-Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program


$45 million


Grant Limit



Match Requirement



The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program provides funding for a broad range of land conservation efforts, from conserving natural areas near big cities to protecting the most pristine and unique collections of plants in the state, including some of last remaining plant species in the world.

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program was envisioned as a way for the state to accomplish two goals: acquire valuable recreation and habitat lands before they were lost to other uses and develop recreation areas for a growing population.

This landmark legislation passed in 1990 and the grant program's continued funding have come about through the support of governors, the Legislature, and groups such as the many organizations comprising the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

Applicant Webinar, Applications Open

February 17, 2022 

Plan Due

A comprehensive plan is required to be eligible for a grant.

March 1, 2022 

Application Due

May 3, 2022 

Technical Review

May 18, 2022 - May 19, 2022

Technical Review (Written)

Natural Areas and State Land Restoration and Enhancement Categories

May 11, 2022 - June 6, 2022

Technical Completion Deadline

July 13, 2022 

Project Evaluation

Critical Habitat, Riparian Protection, and Urban Wildlife Habitat Categories

August 17, 2022 - August 18, 2022

Project Evaluation (Written)

Natural Areas and State Land Restoration and Enhancement Categories

July 25, 2022 - August 18, 2022

Board Approves Preliminary Ranked Lists

October 25, 2022 - October 26, 2022

Ranked Lists Submitted to the Governor

October 31, 2022 

Board Awards Grants

June 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023 estimate

Grant Award History

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

Application Resources

Grant Manual


Project Evaluation

Project Celebrations

The 2022 Application Webinar Recording Is Here!

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Typical Projects

  • Buying land to conserve wildlife habitat
  • Restoring state lands

Who May Apply?

Critical Habitat, Riparian Protection, and Urban Wildlife Habitat Categories

  • Cities, counties, towns
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes
  • Nonprofit nature conservancies
  • Special purpose districts, port districts, or other political subdivisions of the state that provide services to less than the entire state
  • State agencies (Department of Enterprise Services, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission)

Natural Areas Category

  • Nonprofit nature conservancies
  • State agencies (Department of Enterprise Services, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission)

State Lands Restoration and Enhancement Category

  • State agencies (Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission)

Urban Wildlife Habitat Category Eligibility

Click this map to see if your project is in an eligible urban area.

Planning Requirement

To apply for this funding, grant applicants must have completed a comprehensive recreation or conservation plan. See details on the planning page and in Manual 2: Planning Guidelines.


Funding comes from the sale of state bonds and is awarded every 2 years.

Grant Limits

CategoryGrant Limit
Critical HabitatNone
Natural AreasNone
Riparian ProtectionMinimum request of $25,000, no cap.
State Lands Restoration and EnhancementMinimum request of $25,000. Maximum request of $1 million for a single-site project and $500,000 for a multi-site project.
Urban Wildlife HabitatNone

Match Details

Local agencies, special purpose districts, and nonprofits must provide 50 percent match and at least 10 percent of the total project cost must be from a non-state, non-federal contribution.

State agencies do not have to provide match.

Native American tribes must provide 50 percent match.

Match may include the following:

  • Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials
  • Appropriations or cash
  • Bonds
  • Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment, and materials
  • Other grants

Eligible Projects

Land Acquisition

Acquisition includes the purchase of perpetual interest in real property or non-perpetual interests such as leases and easements. Acquisition of non-perpetual interests must be for at least 50 years and may not be revocable at will.

Incidental costs related to acquisition are eligible. The Riparian Protection Category provides funds for acquisition of lease extensions under the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, which must be for a minimum of 25 years.


  • Benches, tables
  • Interpretive kiosks, signs
  • Paths, roads, parking
  • Restrooms
  • Viewing shelters

The Critical Habitat, State Lands Restoration and Enhancement, and Urban Wildlife Habitat Categories also allow for habitat creation and enhancement.

The Riparian Protection Category allows for site stewardship plans.

Restoration and Enhancement

  • Animal watering stations
  • Ecological restoration
  • Estuary and shoreline restoration
  • Fencing, gates,and signs
  • In-stream habitat such as bank stabilization, channel reconfiguration, and woody materials placement
  • In-stream passage improvements
  • Habitat enhancement such as native plantings and invasive plant removal
  • Removal of structures like bulkheads, dikes, levees, tide gates, and impervious surfaces
  • Site augmentation to establish restoration elements
  • Transplanting and re-vegetation
  • Upland stewardship

Ineligible Projects

  • Animal species introduction or propagation, other than biological controls for invasive species, etc.
  • Concessionaire buildings
  • Cost not directly related to implementing the project such as indirect and overhead charges
  • Environmental cleanup of illegal activities, such as the removal of derelict vessels, trash, or meth labs
  • Wildlife production facilities such as fish hatcheries
  • Indoor facilities such as community centers, environmental education or learning centers, gyms, swimming and therapy pools, and covered ice-skating rinks
  • Offices, shops, residences, and meeting and storage rooms
  • Properties acquired via condemnation
  • Specific projects or actions identified as mitigation as part of a habitat conservation plan approved by the federal government for incidental take of endangered or threatened species or other projects identified for habitat mitigation purposes
  • Routine operation and maintenance costs

Long-term Commitment

Long-term commitments vary by grant program, category, project type, property ownership type, and other details.  

More information is in Manual 10b: Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Habitat Conservation Account and Manual 7: Long-term Obligations.