RCO Youth Outdoor Education and Recreation Programs

Youth Outdoor Education and Recreation Programs The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) will begin accepting applications starting August 10 for grants that provide outdoor education and recreation programs for Washington youth. RCO is also hosting an Application Webinar onAugust 10 from 1:00-3:00 pm. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR, which will be recorded and posted on RCO’s website by August 12. Two grant programs will be covered during the webinar,No Child Left Inside (NCLI) and new this year, Outdoor Learning Grants. RCO strongly encourages potential applicants to attend the live webinar, which will cover information about the grants offered, eligibility requirements, deadlines, program changes, how to apply for the grants, and a Q&A session. No Child Left Inside This Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s funding program offers grants for outdoor-based education and recreation programs. The grant program intends to maximize the number of Washington youth who receive quality outdoor experiences, focusing on youth participants with the greatest need. The timeline is as follows:

  • Applications Open – August 10, 2022
  • Applications Due – November 1, 2022
  • Grants Awarded – July 1, 2023
  • Period of Performance – July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025

For more information check out theNCLI web page and grant manual. Outdoor Learning Grants This Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s funding program provides grants for federally recognized tribes and outdoor education providers to develop and support outdoor educational experiences for students in Washington public schools. Grants are available to support existing capacity and to increase future capacity for outdoor learning experiences. Applicants must partner with a Washington State public school, state-tribal education compact school, or tribal school. Funding for this program is available now! Please notice the very tight application timeline below.

  • Applications Open – August 10, 2022
  • Pre-applications Due – August 19, 2022 (initiate application in PRISM)
  • Applications Due – September 1, 2022
  • Grants Awarded – October 1, 2022 (estimate)
  • Period of Performance – October 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Stay tuned, because the web page, program manual, and related materials will be available soon. To receive an alert once materials are posted, please submit this FORM. Are you new to RCO grants? To apply you will need to establish login credentials for our grant database called PRISM. You can request this login now, so you are ready to go on August 10 when the programs open. For more information about setting up an account visit our PRISM Web page and follow Step 2. Thank you for working to serve Washington’s youth! We look forward to seeing you on August 10 at the application webinar.

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