Grant News You Can Use
- RCO’s E-Billing coming March 31 - New
- Successful Applicant Workshop for Salmon Recovery Grant Recipients - New
- Sign up Now for PRISM Trainings - New
- Animations on the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards Available for Download
- RCO Joins Facebook
- State Unveils New Online Map of Public Lands
- Boating App Launched
- Is your Project on State-owned Aquatic Lands?
- Get on our Mailing List
RCO’s E-Billing coming March 31
RCO is putting the finishing touches on its electronic billing, called e-billing for short, which will be available in PRISM Online starting March 31. Sponsors will be required to enter invoices in PRISM directly. No more paper, billing forms, or mailing.
The process will be completed using the Internet-based PRISM Online. This also completes a big step to enhance the RCO grant and contract management process. Making the process paperless will be an improvement for everyone.
Transition details: There will be a no billing period from March 17-30, 2015. During that time, RCO will process all remaining paper invoices. Any paper invoices received by RCO after March 16, 2015 will be returned to the sponsor. From March 31, 2015 forward, all invoices must be submitted electronically.
There will be trainings conducted over the computer (Go-To meetings) in February. If you or your staff are interested in training, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Contact Mark Jarasitis.
Successful Applicant Workshop for Salmon Recovery Grant Recipients
Do you have questions how to manage your salmon recovery grant? Check out our online resources!
The Salmon Recovery Funding Board Successful Applicant Workshop has been updated and posted to the RCO Web site. The PowerPoint includes audio, so you can view and listen to the presentation at your leisure from your office. The training is broken into chapters so you can choose which topics will help you most without having to sit through a longer workshop. Information in this training includes:
- Introduction (PowerPoint presentation)
- Project Agreement 101 (PowerPoint presentation)
- Living up to Expectations (PowerPoint presentation)
- Restoration Permitting Options (slides only, no audio)
- Deliverable Standards (PowerPoint presentation)
- Staying on Track (PowerPoint presentation)
- Requesting Amendments (PowerPoint)
- Technical Assistance (PowerPoint presentation)
- Working with DNR: Projects on State-owned Aquatic Lands (4Mb)
We have other useful tools and resources available online to help you navigate other aspects of project management including:
Sign Up for PRISM 101 Training
Do you wish to apply for a RCO grant in the future; have you previously received a RCO grant and now need to submit progress reports, a final report, and billings; or are you just interested in learning tips and tricks for using RCO’s PRISM Information System? Whatever the case, you will likely benefit from PRISM 101 training.
This training will provide an overview of many important features of PRISM in addition to answering questions you may have. Some of the topics that will be discussed include:
- An overview of the four components of PRISM – PRISM 2007, PRISM Online, Project Search, and Project Snapshot.
- The inter-relationship between PRISM 2007 and PRISM Online.
- Using PRISM Online for submitting applications and managing active projects.
- Using PRISM 2007 to submit Progress Reports and Final Reports.
- A brief overview of data security in PRISM.
- Information on RCO’s future PRISM enhancements.
Register for PRISM 101 Training. The trainings will be done using Go-to-Webinar software and will be limited to ten participants per class. If you have more than five staff who would benefit from PRISM training, RCO can schedule a custom class for you.
RCO will add additional trainings as needed.
For more information, contact Scott Chapman at 360-902-3017 or TDD 360-902-1996.
Animations on the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards Available for Download
Animations on the ADA Accessibility Standards are now available online. These animations, are part of an online guide on the standards, address wheelchair maneuvering, doors and entrances, and accessible toilet and bathing facilities.
RCO has joined the Facebook community. Check out our Facebook page and please "like" or "share" so we can spread the word about the great work that you all are doing. In our inaugural stories, we've featured two great projects:
If you have some story ideas or photos for our Facebook page, please send them to Susan Zemek so we can keep the news of our partners on everyone's mind.
State Unveils New Online Map of Public Lands
RCO launched a new online, interactive map of natural resource and recreation lands owned by government agencies. The statewide map allows people to click on a location and learn which agency owns the land, the number of acres, the main use of the land and the cost of acquisition if acquired within the past 10 years.
Information is provided on land owned by cities, counties, the federal government and three state agencies – the State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. The public can search government-owned parcels by owner and principal land use. In addition, details about acquisition grants from RCO are linked to the interactive map.
RCO was tasked by the state Legislature in 2013 to provide an inventory of lands in Washington owned by federal, state and local governments. In the past, these public land inventories were printed documents.
Partners in the project included RCO, University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Parks and Recreation Commission and contractor GeoEngineers.
The Legislature also tasked RCO with making recommendations on how to maintain this inventory in the future. Read the recommendations.
Boating App Launched
Boaters who want to find out where to launch their boats or tie up for a weekend on the water can do so now through Washington Water Cruiser, a new app launched by RCO.
The app, for Apple and Android devices, is free. It maps all state-owned boat launches and moorage sites open to the public, along with amenities for boaters at each site. This app brings together information from three state agencies. It has information on boat launches, moorage slips and pump-out locations, in both eastern and western Washington, from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Recreation and Conservation Office.
The map-based app was created by SmartMine, the technology development team at GeoEngineers, using a grant RCO received from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It provides aerial, street map, and nautical chart views for boaters throughout the state.
Is your Proposed Project on State-Owned Aquatic Lands?
DNR aquatic land managers will help you determine if your project will fall on state-owned aquatic lands and provide more information on the department's authorization process.