Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant. Before you begin, you might find it helpful to read this overview. Please refer to individual grant programs for specific application details.
Step 1: Chose a Grant Program
Choose the right grant program. (Already know? Go to step 2.) If you are unclear, learn more.
- Make sure applications are being accepted this year.
- Review the grant manual before beginning your application.
Step 2: Register with PRISM
For Recreation and Conservation Grants
Most of RCO’s grant programs require an online application in PRISM. To begin, you must request a login identification and password if you don’t already have one. RCO will create a PRISM account for you, and your login name and temporary password will be e-mailed to you within 2 working days.
Step 3: Start your Application
To begin, go to PRISM to access the Application Wizard and select “Get Started/Start New Application.” You then will be prompted to fill out several screens of information about your project.
On-screen instructions, tool tips, and links are available as you navigate through PRISM.
Applications are extensive and will require several hours to complete. You may return to the application as often as you need to complete it.
For Salmon Recovery Grants
Consult with your local lead entity coordinator to learn about application deadlines and requirements. Provide the lead entity with the following information to enter into the Salmon Recovery Portal:
- Project name
- Salmon Recovery Portal identification number if the project is already in the portal
- Project cost
- Project type and category
- Project applicant
- Start and end dates
Once the project information has been entered and submitted through the Salmon Recovery Portal, a PRISM project number is created. Use that project number to find the project in PRISM to complete the application in PRISM Online.
Step 4: Complete your Application
Not every element of a grant application may be completed online. A finished application includes submitting items such as a letter of authorization from your city council or governing board, maps, and plans.
To-do lists, schedules, and an overview of the evaluation process may be found on the grant pages.
After you’ve submitted your application, an outdoor grants manager will review your application and contact you.
Step 5: Prepare a Presentation
Recreation and Conservation Grants
Most recreation and conservation grant programs require you to make a PowerPoint presentation to an advisory committee. The committee uses the evaluations and written materials to score your application. It’s important to have compelling pictures and scripts.
Salmon Recovery Grants
Each region or lead entity will have a small team of Salmon Recovery Funding Board Review Panel members assigned to review draft application materials and visit project sites. Applicants present during a local project site visit. After reviewing materials and conducting site visits, the review panel will provide input on how you may improve your project before the final application deadline.