Farmland Preservation Grants -Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: May 1, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Jul 6, 2020 (Full proposal), May 1, 2022 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Washington

Location of residency: Washington

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Farmland Preservation Grants

The farmland preservation grant program provides funding to buy development rights on farmlands to ensure they remain available for farming in the future. Grant recipients also may use some of the funding to restore natural functions to improve the land's viability for farming.

The program is part of the larger Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, which was created in 1990 to buy land for outdoor recreation and wildlife conservation, to keep pace with a growing population. In 2005, the state Legislature expanded the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program to include preservation of significant farmland.

Typical Projects

  • Buying a conservation easement on farmland threatened with development

Grant Limits

No grant limits, except:

  • Enhancement and restoration elements cannot exceed more than half of the total acquisition costs, including match toward acquisition.
  • Farm stewardship plans cannot exceed $10,000.

Match Details

A 50 percent match is required, except for the state Conservation Commission, which has no match. Match may include the following:

  • Appropriations or cash 
  • Bonds
  • Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment, and materials
  • Other grants
  • Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials

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


  • Who can apply?
    • Cities
    • Counties
    • Nonprofits - nature conservancy corporations or associations
    • State Conservation Commission
  • Eligible Projects:
    • Land acquisition through easements and leases (required for all projects). Public access is not required.
    • Enhancement or restoration, such as installing fences to keep livestock out of streams, replanting riverbanks, restoring historic water runoff patterns, improving irrigation, and installing solar well pumps.
      • These activities must further the ecological functions of the farmland.
    • Combination of land acquisition and either restoration or enhancement
    • Stewardship plans


  • Ineligible Projects:
    • Acquisition of rights for less than 25 years, of land already owned by the government, or of property acquired via a condemnation
    • Consumable supplies such as fuel, fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides, except as a one-time application in an otherwise eligible restoration activity
    • Elements that cannot be defined as fixtures or capital items
    • Environmental cleanup of illegal activities, such as meth labs
    • Indoor facilities
    • Organizational operating expenses or overhead
    • Purchase of maintenance equipment, tools, or supplies
    • Restoration work done before a grant agreement is signed
    • Transfer of development rights