Grant News You Can Use
- Successful Applicant Webinar is Here - New
- Submit Your End of Year Bill - New
- National Park Service Offers to Help Communities - New
- Salmon Recovery Program Offers Sample Design
Reports - New
- E-Billing is Here – Adios Paper Bills
- Free All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Training
- Are Conservation or Recreation Grants in
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Webinar for Successful Applicants is Here
On August 5, staff from the Recreation and Conservation Office presented a Webinar for applicants who recently had projects approved in the Legislature’s 2015-2017 Capital Budget. 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
RCFB 2015 Successful Applicant Webinar:
Submit Your End of Year Bill
June 30, 2015 is the end of the State’s fiscal year. RCO requires an annual billing for grants that have been active more than a year, unless no costs have been incurred. For all active projects, that have not submitted a bill this year, please use PRISM Online (E-billing) to submit a bill. If you have a project that accrued no costs, a progress report is required in PRISM. Please direct any questions to your RCO grants manager.
National Park Service Offers to Help Communities
The Parks Service helps communities create close-to-home recreation opportunities and conserve natural resources. National Park Service staff can help local leaders:
- Develop close-to-home parks and greenways
- Manage community-led visioning, planning, and design
- Facilitate public involvement
- Build sustainable partnerships
- Engage youth through outdoor recreation skill-building and conservation stewardship
- Plan for trails, landscape conservation, water trails, river restoration, green transportation, and tourism
Salmon Recovery Program Offers Sample Design Reports
Have you ever wished you had an example of a final design report or wondered what criteria others have used to prioritize and select projects in their watersheds? RCO staff have developed a new reference tool to help you find what you’re looking for. See a list of example project deliverables compiled from successful salmon recovery projects.
The list includes projects statewide and represents a range of project types and complexity. All project deliverables meet the requirements described in RCO’s Manual 18, Salmon Recovery Grants, Appendix D. Example reports include:
- Reach assessments to identify and prioritize future habitat preservation and restoration projects
- Conceptual design reports
- Preliminary design reports, and
- Final design reports
Each example includes a project description and links to reports and Project Snapshot in PRISM where you can find additional information.
We hope you find this new reference tool helpful.
E-Billing is Here – Adios Paper Bills
RCO launched its online E-billing March 31. From now on, RCO requires that all sponsors and contractors enter your bills for reimbursement into the new online system. Paper bills will no longer be accepted.
RCO believes E-billing will make bill payment easier for grant recipients to understand because they will be able to see changes made by RCO. It will help the environment by using less paper, and should speed bill processing up.
RCO is committed to making the transition smooth for everyone and has trained more than 250 people on the new process. See a demonstration, user guide, and multiple fact sheets.
For questions or to schedule a training, please contact Mark Jarasitis.
Free All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Training
The ATV Safety Institute is offering free rider training during ATV Safety Week June 6-14. The ATV RiderCourse is free for anyone who meets the age requirements and signs up during ATV Safety Week. Riders can find the closest training sites by going to ATVSafety.org and clicking on the ATV Safety Week logo. Additional locations will be added as they are confirmed and the most current list can be found on the training page. Riders should then call 800-887-2887 to sign up for a class.
According to Consumer Product Safety Commission data, 92 percent of all ATV-related deaths are the result of warned-against behaviors, such as kids riding on adult-sized ATVs. During ATV Safety Week, riders can learn about the proper operation of their machines, find out about helmets and other protective gear, and learn ways to dramatically reduce risk.
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.