WA Wildlife & Recreation Grants

Feb 10, 2018 by

WA Wildlife & Recreation Grants

The state Recreation & Conservation Office will begin accepting applications for Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grants this month. Applications will be accepted beginning Feb. 15. Some grant applications are due March 1 and others Nov. 1.

Grant details HERE

The Recreation & Conservation Office (RCO) will host a webinar at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, to give an overview of the grants available and the application process. To register for the webinar, go to https://tinyurl.com/PDN-grantwebinar.

Match Reduction Policy: Reducing the Financial Burden for Underserved or Distressed Communities

Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) grants to build trails, parks, renovate existing recreation sites, and preserve valuable habitat and working lands. One important change this year is a new “match reduction” policy, which will ease the financial burden for communities who cannot raise matching resources to build or renovate their needed parks or trails.

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition is pleased to support this new policy, which will further our goal of providing all Washingtonians with ample, affordable, and safe access to our great outdoors.

Match reductions are now available to four eligible groups of applicants:

  1. Communities in Need: Grant applicants in jurisdictions of fewer than 20,000 residents where the Median Household Income (MHI) falls below the Washington State MHI. There is a special provision for jurisdictions in which 20 percent or more of the population are college students (in this situation, the Median Family Income will be used as a measurement instead of the MHI).
  2. Underserved Populations: Grant applicants in jurisdictions with a MHI less than the state MHI that are applying for a project located in a census block group with a MHI of 70 percent of the state’s median.
  3. Counties in Need: Grant applicants in counties with a MHI less than 70 percent of the state MHI, which are categorized as “distressed” according to the Washington Employment Security Department, and have 60 percent or more nontaxable land base.
  4. Federal Disaster Areas: Grant applicants in jurisdictions that are within an area that is a federally declared disaster area.

Communities can find out if they are eligible for reduced match by checking out RCO’s online resources.

 

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