In 1984, the Washington State Legislature created this grant program to ensure that money generated from aquatic lands was used to protect and enhance those lands. Grants may be used for the acquisition, improvement, or protection of aquatic lands for public purposes. They also may be used to provide or improve public access to the waterfront. Aquatic lands are all tidelands, shore lands, harbor areas, and the beds of navigable waters. The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board encourages projects that involve both access to aquatic lands and the enhancement, improvement, and protection of aquatic lands.
Total Funding Available
Average Grant Award
50% (can be state, federal, or private grants; cash or in-kind contributions)
Final Application Due
Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA)
Who Can Apply?
Cities, Conservation Districts, Counties, Native American Tribes, State Agencies
Acquisition, Restoration, Conservation
Habitat (General), Riparian
All projects must be associated with navigable waters of Washington State.