Grant News You Can Use
- New Grant Managers Join RCO Team - New
- Mark Your Calendar for the Recreation-Conservation Grant Application Webinar - New
- Join us for the Salmon Grant Application Webinar - New
- Volunteers Needed to Evaluate Grants
- New Travel Rates
- 2016 Recreation and Conservation Grants Schedule - New
- Successful Applicant Webinar is Here
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New Grant Managers Join RCO Team
Four new outdoor grants managers have joined the RCO team.
Recreation and Conservation Section
Scott Thomas. This former parks director has more than 15 years of experience "growing and developing" park systems in Washington.
Scott earned his master of public administration degree from the University of Washington. He is a former ski instructor who enjoys visiting state parks, hiking, and spending time in the great outdoors.
Alison Greene. Alison has her master in environmental science degree from Washington State University, where she focused her studies on sustainable agriculture. Her experience includes serving as a conservation director and as a stewardship program coordinator for land trusts in Washington. Alison enjoys running, hiking, and finding fun and creative play areas for family exploration.
Karen Edwards. Karen comes to RCO from the State Parks and Recreation Commission, where she was a property and acquisitions specialist. Karen has extensive experience with land use and land management activities and has worked on some extremely complex property acquisitions. Karen is a Seahawks fan and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Salmon Recovery Section
Josh Lambert. Josh comes to RCO from the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District in Oregon, where he managed two natural resource programs. He also worked with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), a counterpart to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. He has extensive experience with grants, watershed councils, and implementing salmon and watershed restoration projects in Oregon, including serving as a board member for one of Oregon’s watershed councils and on a technical review team for OWEB funding. Josh is a graduate of Western Washington University and received his master’s degree from Oregon State University.
Sandy Scott Sandy Scott has joined the RCO family as a fiscal analyst. Sandy has a lot of great experience in accounting processing contracts payments and accounts payable. She previously worked at the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State Department of Commerce.
Mark Your Calendar for the Recreation-Conservation Grant Application Webinar
Join our Application Webinar on February 17, 2016 beginning at
9:30 a.m. This year the Recreation and Conservation Office will accept grant applications for project proposals in all Recreation and Conservation Funding Board programs. This grant application webinar will give prospective applicants information on the following:
- Grant programs offered
- Applicant and project eligibility
- Application process and schedules
- How to apply for funding
This Webinar will provide a high level look at our grant programs and changes to RCO policies and procedures. The Webinar also will include a series of presentations posted on our Web site that outline specific information about the grant programs available this year and may be viewed at the applicant's leisure. The Webinar is envisioned as a way to deliver our grant workshop in a manner that minimizes staff and sponsor travel and expense.
Reserve your Webinar seat now. If you have trouble registering, contact Cindy Gower at (360) 902-3013. Once you register for the Webinar, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with information on how to access the Webinar.
May 2nd is the application deadline for several of the grant programs (Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, Boating Infrastructure Grant, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, and Youth Athletic Facilities projects.)
RCO expects to open its online application, PRISM online, in February for the programs listed above.
The remaining recreation and conservation grant programs have a new deadline this year, November 1st. Applicants for these programs will begin submitting their applications, beginning August 1st, through PRISM online.
Join Us for the Salmon Grant Application Webinar
Join us for the Salmon Grant Application Workshop on March 8, from 10 a.m. until noon. This live, interactive, and narrated presentation covers everything from the basics of applying for and managing a salmon recovery grant to new changes to the 2016 grant cycle. If you can't attend, the Webcast will recorded and posted to RCO’s Web site.
Topics covered are the following:
- Introduction to Recreation and Conservation Office and Salmon Recovery section
- Grant program requirements
- Application process
- Eligible projects
- Application requirements
- Project expectations and technical assistance
- PRISM online
- Questions and answers
PRISM opens for business for Salmon Recovery Grants on Monday February 8. At that time applicants will be able to begin inputting application information in to RCO’s datatbase. For information see your grants manager.
What’s New this Year?
- RCO will allow indirect costs, using an approved indirect rate, for project grants that have a federal source of money associated with them (most salmon grants). Learn more about the three options available to sponsors. See information on the new federal Omni Circular rules here.
- All projects now require a Grant Application Authorizing Resolution approved by the sponsor’s governing body, along with a signed Authorization Form, for each project, attached to PRISM, and due at final application submission.
- Recent changes to the streamlined federal permitting process may affect your project schedule and costs. Learn more about how to prepare for projects that typically require U.S. Army Corps (nationwide) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Limit 8) streamlined permit processes.
- Application instructions and deadlines for Puget Sound region 2016 early-round projects.
- Updated information and instructions (Appendix B) for sponsors submitting proposals to the 2017-19 Biennium Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration grants.
- An updated Manual 18 that includes all of these new options and requirements (soon to come).
Volunteers Needed to Evaluate Grants
RCO is seeking volunteers to evaluate grant proposals that will help decide which parks and trails should be funded and what farmland and wildlife habitat should be conserved in the state.
We are looking to fill vacancies on nine advisory committees that will evaluate and rank grant proposals in the spring and summer of 2016 for all types of recreation around the state.
Volunteers with expertise in project design or management, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, permitting, or property acquisition especially are encouraged to apply. Volunteers serve 4 years. Applications are accepted until positions filed. Read More.
New Per Diem and Mileage Rates
The per diem rates changed October 1, 2015. The mileage reimbursement rate for using personal vehicles has stayed the same. See the new rates.
Questions? Contact Mark Jarasitis, 360-902-3006,
2016 Recreation and Conservation Grants Schedule
Need funding for trails, boating facilities, or firearm and archery ranges? RCO has made a change for some grant programs. We will start taking applications for these grants in November instead of the traditional July. So start making your plans now!
Applications due November 1, 2016
- Boating Facilities Program
- Plans Due March 1, 2016
- Firearms and Archery Range Recreation
- Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities (all categories)
- Plans Due March 1, 2016
- Recreational Trails Program
Look for more information at: www.rco.wa.gov or call (360) 902-3000 and ask for an Outdoor Recreation Grants Manager.
Applications due May 2, 2016
- Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account
- Boating Infrastructure Grant
- Land and Water Conservation Fund
- Plans Due March 1, 2016
- Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
- Plans Due March 1, 2016
- Youth Athletic Facilities
Please be advised that technical review for many of the grant categories above also will take place in May 2016.
Do you know Where Your Grants Manager Is?
Are you going to apply for a grant in 2016? Do you know who your grants manager is? If not click the links below.
Webinar for Successful Applicants is Here
RCO staff offered this Webinar to share tips on how to implement a funded project and comply with the terms of the project agreement. Topics included:
- Learning about the project agreement
- Long term obligations and stewardship requirements
- Implementing and managing projects
- Project design considerations
- Project deliverables and close-out