Youth Recreational Facilities

Capital facilities matching grants for nonresidential youth recreational facilities.

What we do

The 2003 Legislature created the Youth Recreational Facilities (YRF) program to award state grants to defray up to 25 percent of eligible capital costs for the acquisition, construction and/or major renovation of nonresidential youth recreational facilities.

Funding Availability Information

The 2019-21 Youth Recreational Facilities Grant (YRF) is now open.

To apply, please use this link to go the ZoomGrants website. If you have a ZoomGrants account, log in and follow the instructions. If you are a new user, complete the required information for a new ZoomGrants account to create a profile. Once the agency profile has been created, select the YRF Grant, click the “Apply” button and start your proposal.

Also now available are the 2019-2021 Youth Recreational Facilities Grant Application Guidelines.

Free YRF Application Workshops

Free YRF Application Workshops are also available to meet with staff and help answer any and all of your questions. Please RSVP for the workshop of your choice by emailing

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
10:00 am to 1 pm

Spokane Community College
The Lair Student Center (Building 6)
1810 North Green Street
Spokane, WA 99217
Directions & parking information can be found at this link.

Thursday, May 3, 2018
10:00 am to 1 pm

Radisson Hotel-Seattle Airport
San Juan Room 2 & 3
18118 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188
Directions can be found at this link.

Project Qualifications

This is a reimbursement-style grant and operating costs are ineligible. The grants are funded by the sale of state bonds only. Awardees are selected through a competitive grant application process held every two years.

Applications are electronic and entered into ZoomGrants when the application round is open.

Grant applications are screened by staff and then ranked by an advisory board of youth recreational facilities experts.

Ranking criteria include:

  • The ability to complete the project expediently.
  • The organizational capacity to run the facility effectively.
  • Community need.
  • Availability of other funding sources .

There is a maximum grant award amount of $1,200,000.

When in doubt, ask us questions! The ideal time to begin talking to us is before you start writing your application. Please call our staff at (360) 725-3075, or email us at with any program questions you may have.

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Need help?

Sheryl Reed
Project Manager
Phone: 360-725-3074

Community Capital Facilities staff
Phone: 360-725-3075