Inslee announces grant to get kids outside, help veterans

Inslee announces grant to get kids outside, help veterans

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday a $1.5 million grant to programs in 18 counties statewide aimed at getting kids outdoors.

The No Child Left Inside grants will be awarded by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The grants target at-risk youth by focusing on programs that provide outdoor education and recreation programs. In addition, nearly one-third of the 39 projects to receive funding employ veterans.

The grants will provide programs for nearly 23,000 children. This year’s grant recipients are offering a variety of educational and recreational activities, including Mount Saint Helens explorations, salmon restoration projects, white river rafting and sailing.

“Some of my best childhood memories are of being outside,” Inslee said. “Many of our kids don’t get that opportunity today. That’s why these local programs are so important. When children spend time outside, so many good things happen. Kids can improve their health and their grades. And that’s a win for all of us.”

Grants were awarded to counties including King County, Spokane County, Thurston County, Yakima County, Okanogan County and Chelan County.