Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) – Habitat Grants (Habitat Conservation & Riparian Protection Accounts)

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Mar 1, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: May 1, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Washington

Location of residency: Washington

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Overview:

Note: Plans establishing grants eligibility is due by the 'Pre-Proposal' deadline above. 

Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP)

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program provides funding for a broad range of land protection and outdoor recreation, including park acquisition and development, habitat conservation, farmland and forestland preservation, and construction of outdoor recreation facilities. 

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program was envisioned as a way for the state to accomplish two goals: Acquire valuable recreation and habitat lands before they were lost to other uses and develop recreation areas for a growing population. 

This landmark legislation, passed in 1990, and subsequent funding have come about through the support of Governors, the Legislature, and groups such as the many organizations comprising the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.

Habitat Grants

Grant applications are evaluated in 5 Habitat categories:

  • Critical Habitat Category
  • Natural Areas Category
  • Riparian Protection Account -- NOTE: This is the only category for which nonprofits are eligible.
  • State Lands Restoration and Enhancement Category
  • Urban Wildlife Habitat Category

Eligible Project Types

  • Combination Projects:
    • Combination projects involve two or more of the following project types: acquisition development, or restoration
  • Multi-Site Acquisition Projects
  • Multi-Site Restoration or Enhancement Projects -- State Lands Restoration and Enhancement Category Only
  • Phased Projects
  • Puget Sound Projects --Critical Habitat, Natural Areas, State Lands Restoration and Enhancement, and Urban Wildlife Habitat Categories

Eligible Project Activities

  • Acquisition
  • Development - The Habitat Conservation Account and the Riparian Protection Account allow for limited development.  
    • Eligible project elements include:
      • Park furniture, such as benches and tables
      • Paths
      • Restrooms
      • Interpretive kiosks and signs
      • Roads
      • Parking
      • Viewing shelters
  • Restoration and Enhancement
  • Site Stewardship Plan - Riparian Protection Account Only
    • Development of a site stewardship plan is an eligible cost activity up to 1 percent of the total project cost or $10,000, whichever is less. An outline for the stewardship plan must be submitted with the grant application. 

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

Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants for each category are shown below.
    • Riparian Protection Account
      • Cities, counties, towns
      • Federally recognized Native American tribes
      • Lead entities
      • Nonprofit nature conservancy organizations
      • Special purpose districts, port districts, or other political subdivisions of the state that provide services to less than the entire state
      • State agencies (Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, State Conservation Commission, and Washington Departments of Enterprise Services, Fish and Wildlife, and Natural Resources)
    • Critical Habitat and Urban Wildlife Habitat Categories:
      • Cities, counties, towns,
      • Federally recognized Native American tribes
      • Special purpose districts, port districts, or other political subdivisions of the state that provide services to less than the entire state
      • State agencies (Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Washington Departments of Enterprise Services, Fish and Wildlife, and Natural Resources)
    • Natural Areas Category
      • State agencies (Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Washington Departments of Enterprise Services, Fish and Wildlife, and Natural Resources)
    • State Lands Restoration and Enhancement Category
      • State agencies (Washington State Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources)
  • Nonprofit nature conservancy corporations or associations must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • Be registered in the State of Washington as a nonprofit as defined by Revised Code of Washington 84.34.250
    • Consistent with Revised Codes of Washington 24.03.220, 24.03.225, and 24.03.230,  identify a successor organization fully qualified to ensure management continuity of any WWRP grants received by the corporation or association.
    • Demonstrate at least 3 years of actively managing projects relevant to the types of projects eligible for funding in the applicable WWRP category.
      • “Actively managing projects” means performing the tasks necessary to manage an on-the-ground riparian project, such as negotiating for acquisition of property rights, closing on an acquisition, developing and implementing management plans, designing and implementing projects, securing and managing the necessary funds regardless of fund source, and other tasks.

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible Projects: 
    • Animal species introduction or propagation, other than biological controls for invasive species, etc.
    • Concessionaire buildings
    • Cost not directly related to implementing the project such as indirect and overhead charges
    • Environmental cleanup of illegal activities (i.e., removal of derelict vessels, trash, methamphetamine labs, etc.)
    • Fish or wildlife production facilities such as fish hatcheries for the production of sport fish populations.
    • Indoor facilities such as community centers, environmental education or learning centers, gymnasiums, swimming and therapy pools, and covered ice-skating rinks
    • Offices, shops, residences, and meeting and storage rooms, except as described under "buildings" in the state parks-local parks section
    • Properties acquired via condemnation action of any kind
    • Specific projects or actions identified as mitigation as part of a habitat conservation plan approved by the federal government for incidental take of endangered or threatened species or other projects identified for habitat mitigation purposes
    • Routine operation and maintenance costs.