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RCO Grant Funding (Washington State)
RCO Grant Funding in Washington State
I just wanted to bring this information to the attention of the off-roading enthusiasts in Washington State - this is something all recreationists should be familiar with - not just a chosen few...
This program has been available for many years, but those in the know have a tendency to keep it to themselves to avoid competition from other groups for the same pool of funding.
THIS HAS TO STOP!
The non-motorized groups are not only heavily funding matching dollar amounts to acquire grants for their areas - they are actively teaching their members "how to apply and be successful" in getting grants.
These are the results of the latest scramble for the grant funding that is currently being distributed by the RCO (Recreation & Conservation Organization).
While categorized as 2014 (when applications needed to be submitted) - this round of funding is just now becoming available to the successful project coordinators throughout the state.
If there is a recreational area that you are interested in - this will arm you with the knowledge you will need to engage in conversations with the managing agency about how you want those dollars applied to your favorite recreation area.
Remember that if a grant has been awarded there is already a "plan" in place that should be adhered to by the agency or group that is receiving the funding.
If you do not see any grant applications for areas that you believe should be receiving funding for growth and improvement - NOW IS THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED for the next round of grant funding - applications will be due in 2016.
I believe that every project should have at least one member of the public who ensures that these dollars ACTUALLY contribute towards improving recreation and are not just wasted by the agencies.
This grant funding is generated by dollars received from OHV fuel taxes and OHV permits.
Everyone should take a minute to see where in recreation this funding is going and equally important -where it is not going.
These are links to the results of the two categories that would be of most interest to off-road recreation:
NOVA (Non-highway and Off-road Vehicle Activities) Grants
RTP (Recreational Trails Program) Grants
This is the link to ALL of the grants awarded by RCO in Washington state for the current cycle:
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The Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), through its boards, provides leadership, funding, and technical assistance to:
Help Build Communities
•Firearm and archery ranges
•Off-road vehicle areas
Protect and Restore Our Diverse Wild Areas
•Protect and restore habitats
•Invest in and track salmon health and recovery
•Protect Washington state's diverse biological heritage
A Billion Dollar Investment
Since the agency began in 1964, it has awarded more than $1.9 billion in grants and contracts to more than 8,400 projects. Since 1990, the agency averages 264 grant awards for $69 million every fiscal year.
Doubling the State’s Investment
RCO doesn’t do the work alone. Since 1964, grant recipients have contributed more than $1 billion in matching resources, making the total investment in Washington's great outdoors top $3 billion.
Our Grants•ALEA - Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account
•BFP - Boating Facilities Program
•BIG - Boating Infrastructure Grant Program
•ESRP - Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program
•FARR - Firearms and Archery Range Recreation Program
•FFFPP - Family Forest Fish Passage Program
•LWCF - Land and Water Conservation Fund
•MSP - Marine Shoreline Protection
•NOVA - Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Program
•PSAR - Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Fund
•RTP - Recreational Trails Program
•WWRP - Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program ◦Farmland Preservation
•YAF - Youth Athletic Facilities
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