Outdoor Learning Grants

Announcements Watch the 2022 Application Webinar recording here! Typical Projects Hands-on, environmental education, nature-based learning experiences Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education activities Learning about habitat restoration and environmental stewardship activities Integration of professional environmental and land management mentors in learning Immersed learning in field studies, journaling, and group discussions Who May Apply? […]

June 28, 2022
Community Forests Program

Announcements The 2022 Application Webinar Recording Is Here! Typical Projects Buying land to conserve working forests (required for all projects) On purchased land, projects also may restore forest and habitat health and develop recreational facilities Who May Apply? Cities, counties, and towns Native American tribes Nonprofit nature conservancy organizations Special purpose districts, public development authorities, […]

July 29, 2020
Washington Coast Restoration and Resiliency Initiative

Announcements Typical Projects Water and land-based habitat restoration Habitat protection Invasive species treatment Habitat restoration planning and design Educating the public about restoration Who May Apply? Cities Counties Conservation districts Private or public corporations Regional fisheries enhancement groups Native American tribes (must be federally recognized) Nonprofit organizations with authority for the protection or enhancement of […]

July 18, 2019
Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board

Announcements 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 Wildlife’s Fish Passage program talking about completion of the first project funded by […]

June 13, 2019
Recreation Projects-Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program

Announcements Project Evaluation Local Parks schedule August 22 recording August 23 recording part 1 and recording part 2 August 24 recording August 25 recording Trails schedule August 22 recording August 23 recording State Parks schedule and recording Water Access schedule and recording The 2022 Application Webinar Recording Is Here! Application Question Mapping Tool Use this […]

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

Announcements Project Evaluation Critical Habitat Schedule and Recording Riparian Schedule and Recording Day 1 and Recording Day 2 Urban Wildlife Habitat Schedule and Recording The 2022 Application Webinar Recording Is Here! Typical Projects Buying land to conserve wildlife habitat Restoring state lands Who May Apply? Critical Habitat, Riparian Protection, and Urban Wildlife Habitat Categories Cities, […]

May 6, 2019
Forestland Preservation-Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program

Announcements The 2022 Application Webinar Recording Is Here! Definition of Forestland The following types of forests are eligible: industrial, private, community, tribal, and publicly owned forests. The land must be devoted primarily to timber production and be enrolled in a county’s open space or forestland property tax program. Open Space Property Tax Program designates timberlands […]

May 6, 2019
Farmland Preservation-Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program

Announcements The 2022 Application Webinar Recording Is Here! Typical Projects Buying a conservation easement on farmland threatened with development Who May Apply? Cities Counties Nonprofit nature conservancy corporations or associations State Conservation Commission Funding Funding comes from the sale of state bonds and is awarded every 2 years. Grant Limits No grant limits, except for […]

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

Announcements Typical Projects Replacing barriers to fish migration Replanting stream banks Removing dikes, levees, and shoreline armoring Installing logjams to slow rivers and create habitat Restoring estuaries Buying pristine habitat Completing designs for future projects Who May Apply? Local agencies Special purpose districts, such as port, park and recreation, conservation, and school districts State agencies […]

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

Announcements Application Webinar Watch the 2022 Application Webinar here! Typical Projects Building, renovating, and rerouting trails Maintaining trails and associated campgrounds and trailheads Operating off-road vehicle parks Education of trail users Who May Apply? Local agencies Special purpose districts, such as park districts and port districts Native American tribes State agencies Federal agencies Nonprofit off-road vehicle […]

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

Announcements Application Webinar Watch the 2022 Application Webinar here! Typical Projects Building, renovating, and rerouting trails Maintaining trails and associated campgrounds and trailheads Operating off-road vehicle parks Educating trail users Who May Apply? Local agencies Special purpose districts, such as park districts and port districts Native American tribes State agencies Federal agencies Nonprofit off-road vehicle organizations […]

May 6, 2019
No Child Left Inside

Announcements Watch the 2022 Application Webinar recording here! Typical Projects Who May Apply? Only organizations that benefit youth in Washington State may apply. Funding Grants are awarded every other year. The Legislature provides funding from general tax dollars. Grant Limits There are three funding categories for this grant program Match Details There is no match […]

May 6, 2019
Boating Infrastructure Grant Program

Announcements The 2022 Application Webinar Recording Is Here! Changes Due to the Coronavirus RCO has made the following changes to its BIG grant application process: All project evaluations will be Web-based. There will be no in-person meetings and the evaluation committee will work remotely as well. National publication BoatUs gives BIG high praise Typical Projects Renovating […]

May 6, 2019
Land and Water Conservation Fund

Announcements Project Evaluation Schedule August 24 Recording Part 1 August 24 Recording Part 2 August 25 Recording The 2022 Application Webinar Recording Is Here! Application Question Mapping Tool Use this map to answer the evaluation question about “Need.” Typical Projects Renovating community parks Building skate parks, tennis courts, swimming pools, and trails Protecting wildlife habitat […]

April 16, 2019
Firearms and Archery Range Recreation Program

Announcements Application Webinar Watch the 2022 Application Webinar here! Typical Projects Who May Apply? Grant applicants must be authorized legally to develop, operate, and maintain recreational facilities. Funding Funding is awarded every 2 years and comes from a portion of each concealed pistol license fee. Grant Limit $150,000 Match Details 50 percent match is required […]

April 16, 2019
Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program

Announcements Check out some videos: A Place at the Table: Benefits of Beach Restoration Northwest Straits Foundation’s Shore Friendly Living Series Coastal Beaches and Bluffs Managing Shoreline Erosion: Bulkheads or Natural Solutions Restoring the Connection between Land and Water Programs Restoration and Protection Grants: This grant program focuses on protecting and restoring the natural processes […]

March 15, 2019
Boating Facilities Program

Announcements Application Webinar Watch the 2022 Application Webinar here! 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 Project Evaluation Schedule and Recording The 2022 Application Webinar Recording Is Here! Application Question Mapping Tool Use this map to answer the evaluation question about “Need.” Typical Projects Removing bulkheads to restore natural beach functions Restoring an estuary Replacing a waterfront boardwalk Restoring shoreline for salmon habitat Developing a waterfront park Who May Apply? […]

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 Clearing overgrown brush and fallen trees from trails Repairing trail damage from floods and fires Replacing bridges and drainage structures Who May Apply? Local agencies Special purpose districts, such as park and recreation districts, […]

February 15, 2019