Josh Nicholas, 360-902-2685
OLYMPIA – Beginning Dec. 1, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will begin accepting grant applications for volunteer projects that benefit the state’s fish and wildlife resources and the public’s enjoyment of them.
WDFW estimates having approximately $867,000 available for grants, funded through the state’s Aquatic Land Enhancement Account (ALEA), for projects occurring between July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023. Applicants should be aware that the ALEA program may see its funding reduced or eliminated as part of budget reductions due to decreased state revenues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The final amount available will be subject to legislative appropriation and won’t be finalized until the 2021 legislative session.
The program funds five major types of projects, although other project types may be considered. Project types include habitat restoration, scientific research/citizen science, public education and outreach, facility development and artificial fish production.
Eligible applicants are individual citizens, non-profit organizations, schools (including universities), tribes and political subdivisions of the state such as conservation districts. For-profit businesses, state and federal agencies are not eligible.
Funds are provided on a cost-reimbursement basis and may not be used for staff salaries, wages, stipends or benefits. Grantees are required to follow state purchasing rules and report on their progress quarterly.
For more program information, including how to apply, visit the ALEA Grant Program website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/habitat-recovery/alea. The application period ends Feb. 28, 2021.
WDFW is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting, and perpetuating fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities.