Some grant programs require that you complete a recreation or conservation plan before you apply for a grant. Adopted plans must be submitted to the Recreation and Conservation Office by March 1 in even numbered years.
Grant Programs Requiring Plans
- Boating Facilities Program
- Land and Water Conservation Fund
- Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities (except education and enforcement and maintenance and operation)
- Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (except Farmland and Forestland Preservation Categories)
What Should an Organization Submit?
- Parks and recreation or habitat conservation plan burned on a USB flash drive (also known as a jump or thumb drive) along with documentation of the public outreach used to develop the plan.
- Completed Self Certification Form checklist (see Manual 2: Planning Policies and Guidelines, Appendix B).
- Copy of ordinance or resolution that indicates plan adoption.
Use Manual 2: Planning Policies and Guidelines as a starting point. Sample plans and statewide recreational plans are available as resources. If you would like, staff can review your plan before adoption. The Department of Commerce administers the Growth Management Act and has many helpful publications. Look at the subtopics of citizen participation and parks, recreation, and open space. Local governments also may want to check the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington for additional assistance.
Questions?Contact Lorinda Anderson 360-902-3009
The table below shows the month and year that an organization's eligibility for RCO grants will lapse because a plan has expired. To maintain eligibility, a new plan would have to be approved. To be eligible for grants, plans must be valid through the end of the month when the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board awards grants. The exception is for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program. In that program, the plan must be valid through October of the even-numbered year. See the dates of the grant award meetings.
Plans may be sent to RCO at any time for review and addition to this list.
- Conservation Districts
- Federal Agencies
- Park Districts
- Port Districts
- School Districts
- State Agencies