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 Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the award of $21 million in grants across the state to aid in salmon recovery. The grants, given annually, went to 105 projects in 29 of the state’s 39 counties. The grants will pay for work to restore salmon habitat, including repairing degraded habitat in rivers, […]Read More
OLYMPIA–The Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) announced today the award of $3 million for park projects in economically disadvantaged areas of Lakewood and Seattle. The grants are from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund’s Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership program, which targets economically disadvantaged urban communities that do not have enough park and […]Read More
OLYMPIA–The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is recruiting 45 volunteers to fill positions on advisory committees that help determine how the state invests in the outdoors. The 18 committees evaluate grant proposals for parks, trails, boating amenities, firearm and archery ranges and other outdoor recreation facilities. They also evaluate proposals to conserve wildlife habitat […]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