The WWRP Grant Program

WWRP grant funds protected Horseshoe Lake for hikers and horsemen to enjoyThe Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (RCW 79A.15) is a state grant program that provides funding to protect habitat, preserve working farms and create new local and state parks. It is administered by a state agency, the Recreation and Conservation Office or RCO (formerly Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation or IAC), and funded by the legislature in the state's capital construction budget.

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The RCO's Competitive Process

The RCO's award winning evaluation process ensures only the best projects are funded.  Local, state, and tribal agencies apply to the RCO for WWRP grants.  Independent experts rank the applications based on criteria such as the benefits to the public, level of threat to the property, or presence of threatened or endangered species.  The Governor and Legislature set the funding level and approve the project list.

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Data shows outdoor recreation means dollars for state’s economy

Outdoor recreation generates $21.6 billion a year in spending on trips and equipment in Washington State, a new study prepared for the Legislature shows. And Washingtonians love to play outside, spending an average of 56 days a year in some form of outdoor recreation. Learn more here.

Coalition of 280 nonprofits, businesses calls for legislature to maximize outdoor funding

Governor Inslee today announced funding for WWRP at $70 million. While his proposal moves in the right direction from final funding of $65 million in last biennium, the need is much greater. WWRP is the state’s premier grant program for outdoor recreation and conservation projects. Learn more here.

Washington Land & Water projects left unfunded by omnibus appropriation

Congress will leave DC with a spending bill that maintains previous-year funding levels for the nation’s premier program for outdoor recreation and conservation, but falls short of reauthorizing the program. The Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) many bipartisan champions in the House and Senate had urged for full funding and renewal of the program. Learn more here.

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