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Grants to Washington Towns, Cities, Counties, Public Facility Districts, and Tribes to Maintain Local Parks and Recreation Sites

Local Parks Maintenance (LPM) Grant


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Funding Source
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/18/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington cities, towns, counties, park and public facility districts, and Native American tribes for the upkeep of local parks and recreation sites. Applicants are required to register in the grant portal prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for capital improvements and the general maintenance of things such as trails, restrooms, picnic sites, playgrounds, signs, and kiosks.

The Washington State Legislature provided one-time funding in the operating budget to help local parks departments maintain their working facilities to meet the needs of their residents. This program will focus on helping communities in need address maintenance backlogs for key local parks facilities and capital improvements. 

There are two project options: multisite or single site.

  • Multisite projects involve above-ground activities at several park sites, which do not impact historic or cultural resources.
  • Single-site projects may include ground-disturbing or other activities that require review for potential impact to historic or cultural resources

For additional information, see:

For information regarding eligible activities, see:

Examples of typical projects that likely could be funded through this program include the following:

  • Staff time to complete priority deferred maintenance projects.
  • Deferred purchases of maintenance equipment and supplies.
  • Upkeep and minor repairs of park infrastructure such as kiosks, picnic shelters, or trails. 

Eligible costs:

  • Equipment purchase, rental, and repair
  • Materials and supplies
  • Labor, including salaries and benefits
  • Contract services for eligible activities
  • Project administration up to 5 percent

For additional information, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Cities, counties, and towns
- Park and recreation districts, port districts, and special facilities districts
- Native American tribes

- Eligible entities may partner with nonprofit organizations to use in these grants provided all work is performed on land owned by the eligible entity.
- Eligible entities are not required to have an approved recreation, conservation, or open space plan on file with RCO in order to apply and receive funding for this grant.

For information regarding ineligible activities, see:

For information regarding ineligible costs, see:

RCO will not reimburse for expenses incurred on eligible activities during state fiscal year 2024 with funds allocated for state fiscal year 2025.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Application Webinar: August 15, 2023

Register for Webinar:

Pre-Application Information
- Application Webinar: August 15, 2023
- Applications Open: August 15, 2023
- Applications Due: September 18, 2023
- Project Evaluation: September 28, 2023 - October 25, 2023
- Grants Awarded: October 31, 2023 Tentative

Most of RCO’s grant programs require an online application in PRISM. To begin, applicants must sign up for a SecureAccess Washington account and request a PRISM account if you don’t already have one. RCO will create a PRISM account for you, and your login name and temporary password will be e-mailed to you within 2 working days. This double sign-in will happen only once. After completing the double sign-in, applicants will use SecureAccess Washington credentials to log into PRISM.

An organization may submit only one application and may receive no more than $100,000.

RCO pays grants through reimbursement.

Application information:

Watch the webinar from August 15, 2023:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Minimum grant request: $35,000
Maximum grant request: $100,000

Term of Contract
- Once grant agreements are signed in 2023, successful applicants must spend all grant awarded funds by June 30, 2025. RCO will not allow time extensions.
- All expenses incurred on eligible activities in a fiscal year must be billed in PRISM no less than forty-five days after the fiscal year ends.

Contact Information
Request Secureaccess Account:

Request Prism Account:


Address questions to Nicholas Norton:
Hearing Impaired, call 711

Recreation and Conservation Office
1111 Washington Street S.E.
Olympia, Washington 98501
Telephone: 360-902-3000
FAX: 360-902-3026

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