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.Boards
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.Find a Project
OLYMPIA–The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is taking applications for grants to build or renovate facilities that serve large boats. The federal Boating Infrastructure Grant program provides funding to develop and renovate public boating facilities. Grants also may be used to provide information and enhance boater education. “Washington has nearly 230,000 registered boats, which […]Read More
Long-time Salmon Recovery Advocate Phil Rockefeller Retires OLYMPIA–The Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which awards about $80 million biennially to projects to improve salmon habitat, will see a change in leadership. Jeff Breckel, 70, from Stevenson, is the new chair of the funding board. Breckel has more than 20 years of experience in salmon recovery, much […]Read More
OLYMPIA–The Salmon Recovery Funding Board today awarded $18 million in grants to organizations around the state to repair rivers, remove barriers blocking fish passage and replant riverbanks in an effort to recover salmon from the brink of extinction. The grants, given annually, went to 91 projects in 29 of the state’s 39 counties. In addition, […]Read More
Funding to buy, protect, and restore shorelines and tidelands and to provide public access to the waterfront
Funding to buy, develop, and renovate facilities for motorized boats
Funding to develop or renovate facilities targeting recreational boats 26 feet and larger
Funding to correct barriers to fish passage
Funding to buy and restore working forests and create recreational opportunities in forests
Funding to conserve and restore Puget Sound shorelines
Funding to small forest landowners to repair or remove fish passage barriers
Funding to acquire, develop, and renovate firearm and archery training and practice facilities
Funding to buy and improve parks, trails, wildlife lands, and other outdoor recreation resources
Funding for outdoor environmental-based education and recreation programs serving youth.
Funding for education and law enforcement on backcountry trails and in off-road vehicle parks
Funding for backcountry trails and off-road vehicle parks
Funding to rehabilitate and maintain backcountry recreational trails and facilities and to educate users about trail safety or environmental protection.
Funding to protect and restore salmon habitat.
Funding and technical assistance for community resiliency, restoration, and protection efforts along Washington’s coast.
Funding to conserve farmland
Funding to preserve working forests
Funding to conserve wildlife habitat and restore sensitive state-owned lands
Funding for developing and improving local and state parks and trails, and providing access to the waterfront
Funding to buy land and develop or renovate outdoor athletic facilities