Washington State RCO is looking for volunteers to evaluate grant applications for a variety of grant programs, the most relevant for us is the Recreational Trail Program (RTP). I've represented Mountain Biking on the RTP advisory committee for the past two years. It's pretty straightforward - once a year you get a download of all the grant appications for trails projects and you score those grants according to a set of criteria that the RCO provides. Obviously each reviewer is going to put their own slant on the criteria...so you have a chance to really make an impact on what projects get fuunded or not.

I spent about 20 hours scoring grants last year (the scoring takes place rooughly in September). You get 3-4 weeks to score the grants, so I usually do a few at a time, it's really not that big of a deal. It would be great to have another Mountain Biker on the committee! If you decide to go for it, make sure you indicate you want to be on the RTP advisory committee.

See below for more details:


State Needs Volunteers to Score Recreation,
Conservation Grant Applications

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is looking for nearly 70 volunteers to help determine how millions of dollars in state grants should be spent in Washington’s great outdoors.

The volunteers will score grant applications submitted in two statewide programs: (1) the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, which provides grants to build and renovate parks and trails, and to protect and restore valuable wildlife habitat and farmland, and (2) the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, which provides grants to restore Washington shorelines and create access for people to the waterfront. The grants are awarded to cities, counties, state agencies, tribes and others.

The following volunteers are needed:

Park and Shoreline Users – Seven volunteers are needed to evaluate grant applications for projects that build or renovate local parks and improve public access to shorelines. Volunteers should represent recreational groups or local parks boards. Especially encouraged are candidates with expertise in project design or management, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, permitting or property acquisition. Volunteers will serve on one of three different advisory committees. The advisory committees meet infrequently (about ten weekdays every two years). Each volunteer is asked to serve for four years. See the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s advisory committees for local parks, state lands or water access on this Web page: Grants - Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

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Trail Users – Four volunteers are needed to review applications for projects that build or renovate trails. Volunteers should represent trail users; one of those should be a person from a public agency familiar with managing trails. Also encouraged to apply are people with expertise in project design or management, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, permitting or property acquisition. Volunteers meet infrequently (about six weekdays every two years). Each volunteer is asked to serve for four years. See the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Trails Advisory Committee on this Web page:Grants - Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

Farmers and Ranchers – Six volunteers are needed to review applications for projects that conserve important farmland. The Farmland Advisory Committee meets infrequently (about six weekdays every two years). Volunteer are asked to serve four years. See the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Farmland Advisory Committee on this Web page:Grants - Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

Wildlife Habitat Conservationists – 50 volunteers are needed to review applications for projects that conserve important wildlife habitat. Volunteers should have experience in natural resource sciences, conservation easements, urban planning, management of water or land, engineering, acquisition of habitat properties or fish and wildlife management. Volunteers will meet for up to five weekdays in the summer. See the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s advisory committees for critical habitat, natural areas, state lands restoration, riparian protection and urban wildlife habitat on this Web page:Grants - Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

Shoreline Conservationists – One volunteer representing local government and familiar with shoreline habitat protection and restoration is needed. This volunteer would meet up to six weekdays in the summers of 2012 and 2014. See Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account Advisory Committee on this Web page: Grants - Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

Compensation

Travel expenses usually will be paid for citizens, local government and nonprofit members.

How to Apply

Send a completed application and support materials to RCO byMarch 30. Applications are available online at: Grants - Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

More Information

Lorinda Anderson, (360) 902-3009, TTD (360) 902-1996, orlorinda.anderson@rco.wa.gov