Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA)
Volunteer Cooperative Grant
Over the years, WDFW’s ALEA Grant Program has supported hundreds of individuals and organizations who have undertaken a variety of projects that engage volunteers and benefit Washington’s fish and wildlife resources.
ALEA grants are in high demand; therefore, we follow a competitive process to select recipients. If interested, read below for more information about the program and how to apply.
The ALEA Grant Program funds five major types of projects; however, others may be considered.
Habitat projects include activities that restore and/or preserve fish and wildlife habitat.
Research projects increase our knowledge of fish and wildlife species.
Education projects communicate information or provide hands on experiences that will enhance public understanding of fish and wildlife and their habitat.
Facility Development projects provide or enhance access to fish and wildlife related recreational opportunities.
Artificial Production projects rear and release fish or wildlife for public recreation or to restore populations. All artificial production projects must be pre-approved by WDFW to be eligible to apply for an ALEA grant.
Key Grant Program Policies
Eligible applicants include individual citizens, non-profit organizations, schools (including universities), political subdivisions such as conservation districts and tribes. For-profit businesses, State, and federal agencies may not apply.
Grant funds are available on a cost reimbursement basis.
No funds may be used for direct wages, benefits or stipends.
Grantees must register their volunteers and report volunteer hours.
Inventoriable equipment purchased with grant funds must be returned to the Department at the conclusion of the project.
Grantees must follow State of Washington purchasing rules.
The outcome of these projects must be available to the public as authorized by Chapter 77.100 RCW.
Other program policies and procedures can be found in the 2015-2017 ALEA Policies and Procedures Manual (see downloads section at right).
How to Apply
Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017-2019 biennium. The next application period will begin December 1, 2018
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact WDFW at
(360) 902-2685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project: Junior Stream Stewards
Sponsor: Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
Summary: The Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group (SFEG) received a $24,640 ALEA grant to support their Junior Stream Stewards program, which engages middle school students in hands-on study of stream ecosystems and the salmon life-cycle. This program combines classroom instruction and activities with watershed tours and opportunities for students to improve riparian habitat by planting native plants in their watershed.
Over the course of the two-year grant period, SFEG staff and volunteers visited 42 science classes in four Skagit County school districts and approximately 11.5 acres of riparian habitat was improved in the Skagit and Samish watersheds. Student surveys completed at the beginning and end of each school year showed student knowledge of topics in the Junior Stream Stewards program increased by 75% in year one and 90% in year 2.