Grant News You Can Use
- Are Conservation or Recreation Grants in
Your Future? - New
- Prevailing Wage Rate Changes - New
- State of Salmon in Watersheds Report Released
- Webinar for Salmon Recovery Grant Applications set for March 16
- RCO’s E-Billing coming March 31
- Successful Applicant Workshop for Salmon Recovery Grant Recipients
- Sign up Now for PRISM Trainings
- Salmon Conference Coming in May
- Get on our Mailing List
Are Conservation or Recreation Grants in Your Future?
RCO accepts grant applications in even-numbered years. Organizations may next apply in 2016. Are you prepared? To ensure your organization is ready, you might need to prepare a parks and recreation or conservation plan.
Four grant programs have a planning requirement:
- Boating Facilities Program
- Land and Water Conservation Fund
- Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities (except for the education and enforcement and maintenance and operation categories)
- Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (except for the farmland preservation category).
Possible applications could be for parks, athletic fields, trails, boating facilities, farmland preservation, or habitat conservation and restoration.
Prevailing Wage Rate Changes
The Prevailing Wage Program has updated wage rates that become effective March 4, 2015. Prevailing wages must be paid on all projects using contracted labor and financed with state money. Prevailing wages are established by the Department of Labor and Industries for each trade and occupation employed in the performance of the work. See prevailing wage rates for journey level or apprentice workers.
State of Salmon in Watersheds Report Released
The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office and RCO are very excited to share with you the State of the Salmon in Watersheds report and a Web site that allows people to see how salmon are doing in their community’s streams and rivers.
The report gives you a high-level view of salmon recovery in Washington and the Web site provides more extensive maps and data, pulled from many of our partners. We focused this year on collaborating with the tribes and working across multiple agencies and organizations on the content of the report. We’ve also added story maps, which are map-based stories and photographs describing projects around the state.
Washington State has been investing in salmon recovery for more than a decade, and we are starting to see some positive effects. In some areas of the state salmon populations are increasing. But we still have a long way to go until all listed species of salmon are recovered enough to be removed from the federal Endangered Species Act list.
We could not have done this without our many partners in the salmon recovery regions, lead entities, tribes, and sister state natural resources agencies, especially the Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Ecology. A big thanks to all of them.I hope you will take a few minutes to see what’s happening in your community for salmon recovery.
Salmon Recovery Grant Application Live Webinar Workshop set for March 16
- Review changes new for the 2015 grant round
- Grant requirements
- Project eligibility
- Application review and process
- Project expectations and deliverables
- Technical assistance resources
- Demonstration of navigating the PRISM application
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.
2015 Salmon Recovery Conference Set for May