Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA) Volunteer Cooperative Grant Program

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW)

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Grant amount: Up to US $70,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 28, 2021 11:59pm PST

Applicant type: Individuals Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group Museum/Library/Zoo

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Washington

Location of residency: Washington

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About this funder:



WDFW’s ALEA Grant Program has supported hundreds of individuals and organizations who have undertaken a variety of projects that engage volunteers and benefit Washington’s fish and wildlife resources.

ALEA grants are in high demand; therefore, we follow a competitive process to select recipients. Grant funds are available on a cost reimbursement basis.

Project Types

The ALEA Grant Program funds five major types of projects; however, others may be considered.

  • Habitat projects include activities that restore and/or preserve fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Research projects increase our knowledge of fish and wildlife species.
  • Education projects communicate information or provide hands on experiences that will enhance public understanding of fish and wildlife and their habitat.
  • Facility Development projects provide or enhance access to fish and wildlife related recreational opportunities.
  • Artificial Production projects rear and release fish or wildlife for public recreation or to restore populations.
    • All artificial production projects must be pre-approved by WDFW to be eligible to apply for an ALEA grant. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants include individual citizens, non-profit organizations, schools (including universities), political subdivisions such as conservation districts and tribes. 
  • ALEA grants will only support project activity that occurs in Washington State.
  • All projects must use some level of volunteer effort to conduct project activities.


  • For-profit businesses, State, and federal agencies may not apply.
  • No funds may be used for direct wages, benefits or stipends.
  • Mitigation projects are not eligible for ALEA funding.
  • If certain elements of a project involve the grantee charging the public a fee for goods or services, grant funds cannot be used to support development or production of those particular goods or services.
    • For example, if a grantee intended to sell maps of a wildlife area, grant funds could not be used to develop or produce those maps.