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 enhance, restore and preserve fish and wildlife habitat.
Research projects increase our knowledge of fish and wildlife species using citizen scientists.
Education projects communicate information or provide hands on experiences that will enhance public understanding and enjoyment of fish, wildlife and their habitat.
Facility Development projects provide, enhance and maintain access to fish and wildlife related recreational opportunities.
Artificial Production projects rear and release fish or wildlife for public recreation or population restoration . All artificial production projects must be pre-approved by WDFW to be eligible 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.
Funds may not be used for salaries,t wages, benefits or stipends.
Grantees must record and report volunteer hours and, in some cases, their volunteers must register as WDFW volunteers
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 and ALEA Grant Program reimbursement guidelines.
The outcome of these projects must be available to the public as authorized by Chapter 77.100 RCW.
For other program policies and procedures seethe 2017-2019 ALEA Policies and Procedures Manual (available to download at right).
How to Apply
Grant applications for the 2019-2021 biennium will be accepted from December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019.
To receive an application, interested parties will first need to complete and submit the eligibility questionnaire (available to download at right). After review and, if eligible, you will be sent the grant application.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact WDFW at
(360) 902-2685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summary: Eyes in the Woods received a $15,315 grant for the 2017-2019 biennium to utilize volunteer crews to improve habitat for Roosevelt Elk and other wildlife in the Matheny Creek watershed in the Olympic National Forest.Chainsaw-trained and certified volunteers are cutting corridors and and creating slash pilings to facilitate the movement of wildlife in areas where pre-commercial thinning had prevented passage.