Washington Wildlife and Recreation Farmland Preservation Grant

The farmland preservation grant program provides funding to cities, counties, and others to buy development rights on farmlands to ensure the lands remain available for farming in the future.

The program is part of the larger Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, which was created in 1990 to buy land for outdoor recreation and wildlife conservation. In 2005, the state Legislature expanded the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program to include preservation of significant farmland.

Through the farmland preservation program, grant recipients also can help restore ecological functions that will enhance the viability of the preserved farmland.

Typical Projects

  • Buying a conservation easement on farmland threatened with development

Who can apply?

  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Nonprofits - nature conservancy corporations or associations
  • State Conservation Commission

Eligible Projects

  • Land acquisition through easements and leases (required for all projects). Public access is not required.
  • Enhancement or restoration. These activities must further the ecological functions of the farmland.
    • Installing fences to keep livestock out of riparian areas
    • Replanting native vegetation on erosion-prone land or along streams
    • Restoring historic water runoff patterns
    • Improving irrigation efficiency
    • Installing solar well pumps
  • Combination of land acquisition and restoration or enhancement
  • Farm stewardship plans

Ineligible Projects

  • Acquisition
    • Of rights for a term of less than 25 years
    • Of land already owned by a government agency
    • Of properties acquired via a condemnation action of any kind
  • Transfer of development rights
  • “Consumable” supplies such as fuel, fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides, except as a one-time application if a necessary part of an otherwise eligible restoration activity
  • Elements that cannot be defined as fixtures or capital items
  • Environmental cleanup of illegal activities (i.e. meth labs)
  • Indoor facilities
  • Organizational operating expenses or overhead
  • Purchase of maintenance equipment, tools, or supplies
  • Restoration work done before a grant agreement is signed

Grant Application Schedule

Generally grant applications are accepted in even years. See this year’s schedule.


Fact Sheet

Contact Washington Wildlife and Recreation Farmland Preservation Grant

Contact Washington Wildlife and Recreation Farmland Preservation Grant

WA State Recreation and Conservation office
Phone: (360) 902-0243


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Washington