Salmon Recovery





Outdoor Recreation

Shooting Ranges

Open and Competitive to Ensure the Best Projects are Funded


RCO boards set the policies for what kinds of projects are funded. The meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to participate in person, by sending in written comments, or by serving on an advisory committee.


Public Review

Advisory committees made up of citizens like you, with knowledge of outdoor recreation and wildlife habitat, review and score grant applications. They also provide advise on policy changes, legislative issues, and statewide planning.

Advisory Committees


Grant proposals are online for all to review and grants are awarded in public meetings. Check out the board meeting and grant schedule pages for meeting dates and look for details on your favorite project in Project Search.

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Grant Resources

State Recreation and Conservation Plan

Statewide Strategy to Recover Salmon: Extinction is not an Option

RCO Fact Sheet

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News and Important Info

State Accepting Applications for Outdoor Learning Grants

OLYMPIA–Organizations offering outdoor education experiences for students now can apply for state grants. The Outdoor Learning Grants program, created by the Legislature in 2022, provides funding to develop and support educational experiences for Washington public school students. Grant recipients must provide education programs with activities learning in, for or about the outdoors. Grant recipients are […]

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Local Parks Receive Federal Grants

OLYMPIA–Three cities received good news this week when the National Park Service awarded more than $4 million for park improvements. Lynnwood, Seattle and Spokane were notified they will receive funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is administered in Washington state by the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. “We’re very excited about […]

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State Accepting Grant Applications for Trails,
Boating Facilities, Kids Outdoor Education and Recreation and More

OLYMPIA–The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) will begin accepting applications Aug. 10 for grants to provide outdoor education and recreation programs for kids and to build and maintain trails, boating facilities, and firearm and archery ranges. RCO is offering free, online workshops to showcase these grant opportunities and explain application requirements. RCO grants […]

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Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account

Funding to buy, protect, and restore shorelines and tidelands and to provide public access to the waterfront


Boating Facilities Program

Funding to buy, develop, and renovate facilities for motorized boats


Boating Infrastructure Grant Program

Funding to develop or renovate facilities targeting recreational boats 26 feet and larger


Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board

Funding to correct barriers to fish passage


Community Forests Program

Funding to buy and restore working forests and create recreational opportunities in forests


Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program

Funding to conserve and restore Puget Sound shorelines


Family Forest Fish Passage Program

Funding to small forest landowners to repair or remove fish passage barriers


Firearms and Archery Range Recreation Program

Funding to acquire, develop, and renovate firearm and archery training and practice facilities


Land and Water Conservation Fund

Funding to buy and improve parks, trails, wildlife lands, and other outdoor recreation resources


Local Parks Maintenance Grants

Funding to address maintenance backlogs for key local parks facilities.


No Child Left Inside

Funding for outdoor environmental-based education and recreation programs serving youth.


Education and Enforcement-Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Program

Funding for education and law enforcement on backcountry trails and in off-road vehicle parks


Trails-Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Program

Funding for backcountry trails and off-road vehicle parks


Outdoor Learning Grants

Funding for educational experiences for Washington public school students who are traditionally underserved in science and outdoor learning opportunities.


Planning for Recreation Access

Funding to plan projects in communities that lack adequate outdoor recreation opportunities.


Recreational Trails Program

Funding to rehabilitate and maintain backcountry recreational trails and facilities and to educate users about trail safety or environmental protection.


Salmon Recovery and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration

Funding to protect and restore salmon habitat.


Washington Coast Restoration and Resiliency Initiative

Funding and technical assistance for community resiliency, restoration, and protection efforts along Washington’s coast.


Farmland Preservation-Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program

Funding to conserve farmland


Forestland Preservation-Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program

Funding to preserve working forests


Habitat Conservation Projects-Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program

Funding to conserve wildlife habitat and restore sensitive state-owned lands


Recreation Projects-Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program

Funding for developing and improving local and state parks and trails, and providing access to the waterfront


Youth Athletic Facilities

Funding to buy land and develop or renovate outdoor athletic facilities