Grant News You Can Use
- Recreation and Conservation Funding Board to Meet in April - New
- New Application Authorization Required - New
- Habitat Work Schedule Gets New Look - New
- New Grant Managers Join RCO Team
- See the Grant Application Webinar Presentations
- Volunteers Needed to Evaluate Grants - Udated
- 2016 Recreation and Conservation Grants Schedule
- Do You Know Who Your Grants Manager Is?
- Get on our Mailing List
The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board will be meeting on April 27 and 28 in Olympia. For the agenda and board materials, please visit our Web site in mid-April.
New Application Authorization Required If you are submitting a grant proposal to RCO, please note that we have revised our Application Authorization. This resolution is required to be submitted with the grant application and ensures your organization understands the responsibilities that go along with an RCO grant. This authorization also designates a signatory. For more information please visit our Web Site or contact your grants manager.
Habitat Work Schedule Gets New Look
The Habitat Work Schedule, an online database with salmon recovery actions, goals, and monitoring tracked at many geographic levels, recently got a facelift. The new look makes it easier to access the information, which includes data about all salmon recovery funding, project progress, and planned projects.
Now you can easily search for a project by county, legislative district, watershed, or project name. You also can see at a glance the number of projects funded and how many are completed.
Check it out! See what’s happening in your neighborhood around salmon recovery.
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 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.
Brent Hedden returned to RCO as the performance and policy analyst. Brent has bachelor and master degrees in accounting from Central Washington University and brings to the position a great deal of data management and analytical skills.
See the Presentations
If you missed the Recreation and Conservation Grant Application Webinar, don’t fret. You can watch it online and see all the materials.
This grant application Webinar gives prospective applicants information on the following:
- Grant programs offered
- Applicant and project eligibility
- Application process and schedules
- How to apply for funding
See the materials:
- Grant Application Workshop PowerPoint (without audio). An overview of recreation and conservation grants, requirements, evaluation process, what is new this grant round, and more.
- Recorded Webinar(with audio) Follow this link to register and view the recorded Webinar
- Grant Application Workshop Questions and Answers
Salmon Recovery Grant Application WebinarIf you have a salmon recovery grant, check out the Webinar (Adobe Acrobat PDF) to get the facts:
- Agency and Salmon Recovery Funding Board Overview
- Grant Requirements
- Eligible Projects
- 2016 Grant Process
- 2016 Application
- Project Expectations
- Technical Assistance
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.
The following volunteers are needed:
- One local government volunteer for the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account program, which provides grants to buy, improve and conserve tidelands and shorelines for the public. Volunteer should be familiar with recreation and public access interests.
- Two citizens and one local government volunteer for the Land and Water Conservation Fund program, which provides grants to preserve and develop parks, trails and wildlife lands.
- One citizen volunteer for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Local Parks program, which provides grants to acquire, develop and renovate local parks.
- One local government volunteer for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Water Access program, which provides grants to create access to shorelines for non-motorized, water-related recreation activities such as boating and fishing.
To Apply: Submit a completed application and support materials online. Online applications are available at the links above.
For more information: Contact Lorinda Anderson at 360-902-3009 or TTY 360-902-1996.
2016 Recreation and Conservation Grants Schedule
Grant applications are being accepted now for the programs below. 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
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.
Do you know Who 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.