Funding by state agency program

Below is a list of programs with contact information and funding that Washington State is expected to receive. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of Recovery Act grant awards or opportunities. Check individual state agency Recovery Act websites for current program status, including deadlines for application.

Policy areas

Learn more about Washington’s Recovery Act policy areas.


Program Description Contact Funding Awarded

Child Care

The Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant is primarily used to help low-income families find and pay for child care while working, looking for work, or participating in approved job training. A portion of the funding is used for improving the quality of infant and toddler care.

Kate Verville
Department of Early Learning

$33.3 million

Student Financial Aid

Funds from the federal government go directly to the school for work study.

Contact the Financial Aid Office of your college or university for information.

$1.66 million

Head Start

Funding to improve staff compensation and training, upgrade Head Start centers and classrooms, increase hours of operation and enhance transportation services.

Contact the Head Start or Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program in your community.

$1.15 million to providers at four higher education institutions.

National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance

State’s share of funding is based on the number of meals served. Funding will be on a competitive basis through OSPI’s iGrant system and will allow schools to replace equipment that is out-of-date and/or in poor working condition.

Donna R. Parsons
Superintendent of Public Instruction

$1.5 million

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Energy & Technology

Program Description Contact Funding Awarded

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants – Competitive

Learn more about the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant.

Meg O’Leary
Dept. of Commerce

Competitive grants: $435 million nationally

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants – Formula

Funding for formula-based grants to states, units of local government and Indian tribes under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. These are for small cities with fewer than 35,000 and small counties with fewer than 200,000 population.

Patti Miller-Crowley
Dept. of Commerce

Formula state grant: $10.64 million

State Energy Program

Provides grants to states and directs funding to state energy offices from technology programs in the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Funding has goal of reducing per capita energy consumption by at least 25% of the state’s 1990 per capita energy use by 2012.

Cory Plantenberg
Dept. of Commerce

Allocated to state: $60.9 million

Appliance Rebates

Provides $300 million to state energy offices to operate a program to provide rebates to encourage consumers to purchase ENERGY STAR appliances.

Rebecca Stillings
Dept. of Commerce

$6.3 million


Funding will be used to increase energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce their total residential expenditures, and improve their health and safety, especially for elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users and households with high energy burden.

Mark Porter
Dept. of Commerce

Formula: $59.5 million

Broadband Deployment Grant Program

To increase broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas. $200 million is designated to expand public computer capacity and $250 million is to encourage sustainable broadband adoption.

Angela Wu
Dept. of Information Services

Competitive federal grant: $450 million

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Program Description Contact Funding Awarded


For evaluation and cleanup of former industrial and commercial sites. For more information:

Mary Trimarco
Dept. of Commerce

$2.6 million

Clean Water Planning

Provides funding for developing water quality cleanup plans in eight rivers.

Jeannette Barreca
Water Quality Program
Dept. of Ecology


Clean Water State Revolving Fund

Provides funding to local governments for water pollution control infrastructure including the upgrade and expansion of wastewater, reclaimed water and stormwater facilities statewide.

Steve Carley
Dept. of Ecology

$68 million

Diesel Emissions Reduction

Through existing contracts and grant processes, Ecology will fund idle reduction technologies for public fleets and exhaust controls for cargo handling equipment. Administrative costs for these projects will not exceed 15%. Grants 100% spent by Sep. 30, 2011.

Mike Boyer
Air Quality Program
Dept. of Ecology

$1.7 million

Leaking Underground Storage Tanks

Cleanup of various contaminated sites resulting from leaking underground storage tanks statewide. Learn more...

Mike Blum
Toxics Cleanup Program
Dept. of Ecology

$3.4 million

Washington Conservation Corp

Trail construction and maintenance in federal forests, National Parks, and rangelands in Washington. Learn more...

Nick Mott
Dept. of Ecology


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Health & Human Services

Program Description Contact Funding Awarded

Community Development Block Grant

This state-administered federal grant funds eligible local governments for community development projects that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Find more information

Kaaren Roe
Local Government
Dept. of Commerce

$4.1 million

Community Services Block Grant Program

Provides funding, technical assistance and support to 31 statewide Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and their association to ease effects of poverty and help eliminate causes of poverty. Find more information:

Maitri Sojourner
Community Services
Dept. of Commerce

$11.9 million

Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP)

TCAP provides funding for capital investment in affordable housing projects that use Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) as a source of financing. Eligible projects must receive an allocation of LIHTC in 2007, 2008 or 2009. Funds are to be awarded competitively; however, priority must be given to projects that will be completed by February 2012.

Steve Walker
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Division
Washington State Housing Finance Commission

$43 million

Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund

Infrastructure improvements will be financed through low-interest loans and, in some cases, loan forgiveness.

Kristin Bettridge
Office of Drinking Water
Dept. of Health

$41.8 million


Provides grants to states for the purchase of vaccines and improvements in immunization rates.

Janna Bardi
Immunization Program
Dept. of Health


Elderly Nutrition

Provides hot or frozen meals to elderly persons who may not eat adequately because:

  • They cannot afford to;
  • They lack knowledge, skills, or functional abilities necessary to shop or cook for themselves; or
  • They are psychologically or mentally impaired. Home delivered nutrition services are designed to help elderly persons stay in their own homes, maintain or improve their health status, and facilitate discharge from nursing homes, hospitals or other residential care facilities.

Bea Rector
State Unit on Aging, Aging and Disabilities Services
Dept. of Social and Health Services

$1.92 million

Emergency Food Assistance Program

Provides food to 450 food banks, shelters and meal providers in Washington. They serve hungry low-income children, adults, elderly and the homeless. Learn more about food programs…

Kim Eads
Food Programs Manager
Department of Agriculture

$2.9 million

Foster Care/Adoption

Provides financial reimbursement for the cost of caring for foster children.

Richard Pannkuk
Dept. of Social and Health Services

$9.2 million

Independent Living

Provides information and services to blind and visually disabled individuals age 55 and older.

Deborah Cook
Dept. of Services for the Blind
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Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing

Provides funding for short-term rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization efforts.

Kathy Giglio
Dept. of Commerce

Formula grants: $11 million

Lead Hazard Reduction

Reduces risk of lead exposure for people living in low-income housing units.

Cynthia Sanderson
Lead Hazard Reduction Program
Dept. of Commerce

$3 million

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Public Safety

Program Description Contact Funding Awarded

Byrne Memorial Grants

Commerce is competing for 2 of 8 initiatives:

  • Preventing and reducing violent crime through community-based, data-driven approaches.
  • Improving resources and services for victims of crime.

Learn more...

Bill Johnston
Dept. of Commerce

Rick Torrance
Community Services
Dept. of Commerce

Competitive grants - $125 million available nationally

Victims of Crime Act: (VOCA) Crime Victims Assistance Recovery

Competitive distribution of Washington’s share for direct services to victims of crime.

Bev Emery
Office of Crime Victim Advocacy
Dept. of Commerce

Rick Torrance
Community Services
Dept. of Commerce


Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): STOP grant

Services-Training-Officers-Prosecutors (STOP) grant provides funds to local law enforcement, prosecution offices and victim service providers to improve response to domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault. Washington’s share will be distributed competitively to local law enforcement, prosecution offices and victim service providers.

Bev Emery
Office of Crime Victim Advocacy
Dept. of Commerce

Rick Torrance
Community Services
Dept. of Commerce

Competitive grant: $2.85 million

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Program Description Contact Funding Awarded

FRA High-speed Rail Corridors & Intercity Passenger Rail Service

For the Pacific Northwest (high speed) Rail Corridor. 

Scott Witt
State Rail and Marine Office
Dept. of Transportation

$590 million

Highway Funding

Washington will receive funding for highways, roads and bridges, including funding that is disbursed to local jurisdictions through metropolitan planning organizations.

Kathleen Davis
Highways & Local Programs
Dept. of Transportation

Jay Alexander
Dept. of Transportation

$492 million

National Ferry Transportation System Grants

Construction of/ improvement to public agency auto/passenger ferry boats or ferry boat terminals. Learn more...

Larry Ehl
Dept. of Transportation

$7.8 million


$12M in funding for transit projects for rural projects, $12M for small urban areas, and $142M for large urban areas. Includes purchase of new or replacement buses, minivans, plow trucks, communication equipment, park & ride construction improvements. Learn more…

Cathy Silins
Public Transportation Division
Dept. of Transportation

$179 million

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Program Description Contact Funding Awarded

Community Service Employment for Older Americans

Provides training and employment opportunities for those 55 and older.

Bea Rector
State Unit on Aging, Aging and Disabilities Services
Dept. of Social and Health Services


Green Jobs & Workforce Development

Competitive grants for worker training and placement in high-growth and emerging industry sectors. Of the total, $500 million is to be used for research, labor exchange and job training projects that prepare workers for careers in energy efficiency and renewable industries.

Molly Onkka
Dept. of Commerce

Competitive federal grant: $750 million for all 50 states

Vocational Rehabilitation

Provides grants to states to support a wide range of services designed to help individuals with disabilities prepare for and engage in gainful employment.

Dept. of Social and Health Services

Mark Adreon
Dept. of Services for the Blind

$10.4 million

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