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.

Why the Coalition is requesting $97M for WWRP in the 2015-17 Capital Construction Budget.

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.

WWRP Projects

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Over 100 outdoor recreation, conservation projects ranked as state priorities, need funding from legislature

More than 100 recreation, wildlife habitat and working lands projects around the state of Washington have been ranked as priority projects by the Recreation Conservation Office (RCO). Whether the 33 counties and dozens of communities who would benefit from these projects are able to complete them is dependent on adequate funding of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP). Learn more here.

Sign our letter to Governor Inslee

Please help show overwhelming support for the program by signing your name or that of your business or organization and encourage Governor Inslee to once again lead the legislature in increasing funding for this critical program. Sign here.

Coalition requests $97 million to fund conservation, outdoor recreation

The Coalition believes increased funding for the WWRP is needed to meet the demand of a growing population in addition to rising construction and land costs. Learn more here.

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