Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership

The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides funding to preserve and develop outdoor recreation resources, including parks, trails, and wildlife lands. In 2014, Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program, which provides grants to help urban communities with thirty thousand or more people buy or develop land to create […]

November 15, 2023
Community Outdoor Athletic Facilities

Announcements  Typical Projects  Eligible community outdoor athletic facilities should attract and accommodate practice, training, or competition using a participant’s physical skills or capabilities. Such athletic activities should be the primary focus of the facility rather than leisure activities. Examples of typical projects include the following outdoor facilities:  Who May Apply?  Eligible applicants are not required […]

June 21, 2023
Local Parks Maintenance Grants

Announcements  Typical Projects  Examples of typical projects that likely could be funded through this program include the following:  Who May Apply?  Eligible entities are not required to have an approved recreation, conservation, or open space plan on file with RCO in order to apply and receive funding for this grant. Funding  The Legislature provides funding […]

May 17, 2023
Planning for Recreation Access

Announcements Typical Projects Who May Apply? Funding 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 […]

June 28, 2022
Outdoor Learning Grants

Announcements The Everyone Outdoors Program provides groups with the opportunity to apply to receive free annual Discover Passes. The program is available to Washington-based groups supporting underserved communities, youth programs, nonprofit organizations, veteran organizations, volunteer groups and other groups that face barriers to outdoor access. Visit the Everyone Outdoors Program website for more details. Outdoor Schools […]

June 28, 2022
Community Forests Program

Announcements Typical Projects Who May Apply? Funding Funding comes from the sale of state bonds. Grant Limits $3 million Match Details A 15 percent match is required. Match may include the following: Eligible Projects All projects must acquire land. Projects may include restoration or development of that land but restoration and development cannot be stand-alone […]

July 29, 2020
Washington Coast Restoration and Resiliency Initiative

Announcements See a list of projects proposed for funding through the Climate Commitment Act. Typical Projects Who May Apply? Where May Projects be Located? OR Funding Funding comes from the sale of bonds and is awarded every 2 years. This grant program also may be supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act. The Act […]

July 18, 2019
Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board

Announcements See a list of projects proposed for funding through the Climate Commitment Act. Watch the Videos Making Way for Salmon Fish Passage: A Sense of Urgency It’s Your Community: Listen to a MIXX 96 radio interview with former RCO director Kaleen Cottingham and Tom Jameson, the division manager for the Department of Fish and […]

June 13, 2019
Youth Athletic Facilities

Announcements Changes to evaluation criteria in 2024 Typical Projects Who May Apply? Small Grants Category Large Grants Category Funding Source Funding comes from the sale of state bonds and is awarded every 2 years. Grant Limits Match Details Applicants must contribute match that equals the amount of the grant request. Match may include the following: […]

May 7, 2019
Recreation Projects-Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program

Announcements Changes to evaluation criteria in 2024 Resources Outdoor Recreation Inventory: The 2023 Outdoor Recreation Inventory map and dashboard includes information on more than 23,000 outdoor recreation areas, facilities, trails, and water access sites. It is used to understand the quantity and distribution of key outdoor recreation opportunities across the state. The dashboard also includes a service area […]

May 7, 2019
Habitat Conservation Projects-Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program

Announcements Typical Projects Who May Apply? Critical Habitat, Riparian Protection, and Urban Wildlife Habitat Categories Natural Areas Category State Lands Restoration and Enhancement Category 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 […]

May 6, 2019
Salmon Recovery and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration

Announcements See a list of projects proposed for funding through the Climate Commitment Act. Typical Projects Who May Apply? Funding Funding is awarded annually. Funding comes from the sale of state general obligation bonds and the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. PSAR funding is awarded biennially and comes from the sale […]

May 6, 2019
Education and Enforcement-Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Program

Announcements Application Webinar Watch the 2022 Application Webinar Typical Projects Who May Apply? Special purpose districts means port, public utility, or park and recreation districts or other political subdivisions of the state that provide services to less than the entire state. The special purpose district must be legally authorized to acquire and develop public open […]

May 6, 2019
Trails-Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Program

Announcements Application Webinar Watch the 2022 Application Webinar here! Typical Projects Who May Apply? Special purpose districts are port, public utility, or park and recreation districts or other political subdivisions of the state that provide services to less than the entire state. The special purpose district legally must be authorized to acquire and develop public open […]

May 6, 2019
No Child Left Inside

Announcements The Everyone Outdoors Program provides groups with the opportunity to apply to receive free annual Discover Passes. The program is available to Washington-based groups supporting underserved communities, youth programs, nonprofit organizations, veteran organizations, volunteer groups and other groups that face barriers to outdoor access. Visit the Everyone Outdoors Program website for more details. Typical Projects […]

May 6, 2019
Boating Infrastructure Grant Program

Announcements Changes Due to the Coronavirus RCO has made the following changes to its BIG grant application process: National publication BoatUs gives BIG high praise Typical Projects Who May Apply? Funding Funding generally is awarded every two years. Funding comes through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from federal gas taxes deposited in the federal […]

May 6, 2019
Land and Water Conservation Fund

Announcements Changes to evaluation criteria for 2024 Resources Outdoor Recreation Inventory: The 2023 Outdoor Recreation Inventory map and dashboard includes information on more than 23,000 outdoor recreation areas, facilities, trails, and water access sites. It is used to understand the quantity and distribution of key outdoor recreation opportunities across the state. The dashboard also includes a service area […]

April 16, 2019
Firearms and Archery Range Recreation Program

Announcements Application Webinar Watch the 2022 Application Webinar Typical Projects Who May Apply? Grant applicants must be authorized legally to develop, operate, and maintain recreational facilities. Funding Funding is awarded every two years and comes from a portion of each concealed pistol license fee. Grant Limit $150,000 Match Details 50 percent match is required for […]

April 16, 2019
Boating Facilities Program

Announcements Application Webinar Watch the 2022 Application Webinar. Typical Projects Who May Apply? The above entities must be authorized legally to develop, operate, and maintain recreational facilities. 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: […]

March 14, 2019
Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account

Announcements Changes to evaluation criteria for 2024 Resources Outdoor Recreation Inventory: The 2023 Outdoor Recreation Inventory map and dashboard includes information on more than 23,000 outdoor recreation areas, facilities, trails, and water access sites. It is used to understand the quantity and distribution of key outdoor recreation opportunities across the state. The dashboard also includes a service area […]

March 14, 2019
Recreational Trails Program

Announcements Application Webinar Watch the 2022 Application Webinar here! Read the article: “Outstanding State Trail Program” in a national competition. Typical Projects Who May Apply? Funding Every 6 years, Congress passes the nation’s surface transportation bill. Since 1991, this massive funding authorization law has included provisions for these cooperative, state-administered grants. Funding comes from federal gasoline […]

February 15, 2019