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WASHINGTON STATE RECREATION AND CONSERVATION OFFICE
RCO is a state agency that manages grant programs to create outdoor recreation opportunities, protect the best of the state’s wildlife habitat and farmland, and help return salmon from near extinction. The port applied for four grants through their grant program. Two were through Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, one with Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, and one with Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The port was successful in acquiring funding from three of the four grants, totaling $1.7M towards the waterfront park and trail project. RCO’s grant management help was significant in our success. They have a very thorough grant process that expects agencies to be project ready in order to even be considered for funding. Their process truly assisted the port in making sure it was headed in the right direction with its park and trail design and allowed for us to truly understand every facet of the project. From project design to public need and community outreach, to accurate budget line items, and sustainability and environmental stewardship, RCO staff was available through site field trips to the technical review process in assisting us with any questions we had. Our grant manager, Laura Moxham, wanted to see our project be a success, and so she provided her experience and time to giving us good feedback on our grant applications.
Their grant program is an excellent example of a state agency that doesn’t just hand out grant money to anyone; they are good stewards of tax payer's money and do a very thorough job of making sure they provide a fair and impartial grant process that selects the best and most important projects.
Upon completion of the project, the port will be presented with the Bravo Award by RCO’s director for being the top scoring project in the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant competition!
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