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 (RCO) will begin accepting applications in mid-February for grants to build parks, trails, ball fields and boat moorage as well as to conserve wildlife habitat and working farms and forests. These grants are the largest source of state funding for many of Washington’s outdoor recreation experiences, and the […]Read More
OLYMPIA—Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed a Wenatchee resident and an Okanogan resident and member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to serve on the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. The board awards about $250 million in grants every biennium for the development of parks, trails, boating facilities and other outdoor recreation […]Read More
OLYMPIA–Trails contribute more than $8.2 billion to the state’s economy, according to companion studies released today by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Done in collaboration with Washington Trails Association, Washington Bikes, and the University of Washington, the studies look at the economic, environmental, social and health benefits of trails and recommend that state […]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 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 tails 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