WWRP-Recreation Recreation Projects-
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program


$36.6 million


Grant Limit



Match Requirement



The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program provides funding for a broad range of land protection and outdoor recreation, including local and state parks, trails, water access, and the conservation and restoration of state land.

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 13, 2020 

Plan Due

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

March 1, 2020 

Application Due

June 1, 2020 

Technical Review

Local Parks Category

June 1, 2020 - June 5, 2020

Technical Review (Written)

State Lands Development and Renovation Category

May 11, 2020 - June 5, 2020

Technical Review

State Parks Category

May 13, 2020 

Technical Review

Trails Category

June 1, 2020 - June 3, 2020

Technical Review

Water Access Category

May 27, 2020 - May 28, 2020

Technical Completion Deadline

July 13, 2020 

Evaluation-Local Parks Category

August 17, 2020 - August 21, 2020

Evaluation (Written)

State Lands Development and Renovation Category

July 15, 2020 - August 11, 2020


State Parks Category

August 6, 2020 


Trails Category

August 17, 2020 - August 19, 2020


Water Access Category

August 24, 2020 - August 25, 2020

Board Approves Preliminary Ranked Lists

October 7, 2020 - October 8, 2020

Board Awards Grants

July 1, 2021 Estimate

Grant Award History

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

Application Resources

Grant Manual


Changes Due to the Coronavirus

RCO understands that grant applicants may need more time to complete their applications in light of COVID-19. RCO has made the following changes to its Recreation WWRP grant application process:

  • Grant application deadline extended from May 1 to June 1. In the next few weeks, RCO will adjust some of the other deadlines.
  • All project evaluations will be Web-based. There will be no in-person meetings and the evaluation committee will work remotely as well.
  • At its April 22 meeting, the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board will consider reducing match.
Project Celebrations

Application Question Mapping Tool

Use this map to answer the evaluation question about “Need” in the Local Parks, Trails, and Water Access Categories. 

Map of Washington State

Application Workshop Webinar

This Webinar workshop and Q&A will give participants information about grant programs, deadlines, requirements, changes for 2020, and how to apply for a grant.

Girl under sprinkler

Typical Projects

  • Buying land for a park
  • Building ball fields, courts, regional athletic complexes
  • Renovating community parks
  • Developing regional trails
  • Building waterfront parks
  • Developing state lands

Who May Apply?

Local Parks Category

  • Cities, counties, towns
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes
  • Special purpose districts, port districts, or other political subdivisions of the state providing services to less than the entire state

State Lands Development and Renovation Category

  • Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources

State Parks Category

  • Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Trails and Water Access Categories

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

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 Policies and Guidelines.


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

Grant Limits

Local Parks

CategoryGrant Limit
Local Parks
Acquisition Projects$1 million
Development Projects$500,000
Combination Projects
(Acquisition with either development or renovation
$1 million, of which not more than $500,000 may be for development costs
State Lands Development and RenovationMinimum $25,000, maximum $325,000
State ParksNone
Water AccessNone

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.

Indian 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

Match Reductions

Some local agencies applying for grants in the Local Parks, Trails, or Water Access Categories may reduce their match if they meet any of the criteria below:

  • Communities in need
  • Underserved populations
  • Counties in need
  • Federal disaster area

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.


Local and State Parks

  • Buildings
  • Campgrounds, cabins
  • Fishing floats
  • Hard court areas
  • Interpretive kiosks, signs
  • Outdoor swimming pools
  • Picnic shelters
  • Play areas
  • Playing fields
  • Restrooms
  • Roads, paths, and parking
  • View areas

Note: Renovation projects are NOT eligible in the State Parks Category.

State Lands Development and Renovation

  • Campgrounds
  • Fishing piers and platforms
  • Interpretive kiosks, signs
  • Launch ramps and floats
  • Picnic shelters
  • Restrooms
  • Roads, paths, and trails


  • Benches, tables
  • Bridges and boardwalks
  • Interpretive kiosks, signs
  • Restrooms
  • Trails
  • Trailheads
  • Viewpoints

Water Access

  • Buoys
  • Fishing piers and platforms
  • Interpretive kiosks, signs
  • Launch ramps, floats
  • Picnic shelters
  • Restrooms
  • Roads and paths

Ineligible Projects

  • Animal species introduction or propagation, other than biological controls for invasive species, etc.
  • Concessionaire buildings
  • Costs not directly related to implementing the project such as indirect and overhead charges
  • Environmental cleanup of illegal activities, such as removal of derelict vessels, trash, 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, except for some limited exceptions in the Local and State Parks Categories
  • Properties acquired via condemnation of any kind
  • 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

Land acquired or developed must be kept and maintained for public outdoor recreation use for at least 50 years. Long-term obligations for structures or facilities for outdoor recreation will be tied to a reasonable, agreed-upon service life for the structure or facility.

More information is in Manual 7: Long-term Obligations.

Other Application Resources

2020 Application Webinar
Application Webinar Q&A