Land & Water Conservation Fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program promotes broad-scope outdoor recreation, ranging from land acquisition to development of park facilities such as spray parks, ball fields, picnic pavilions and restrooms. The federally- funded program provides 50% matching funds assistance, through grants to state governments and local municipalities.
The LWCF is administered at the Federal level by the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. At the state level, the LWCF is administered by the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation.
Applicants, referred to as sponsors for the program, are strongly encouraged to begin their planning efforts prior to the application cycle. This website has online tools to assist project sponsors; Division of Outdoor Recreation personnel are available to answer questions and assist with application documents, upon request.
Sponsors interested in applying for an LWCF grants are encouraged to complete the Initial Interest Form, and submit by email prior to contacting. Questions about the application, submittal documents or your cloud server link can be emailed to [email protected]. Contact Suzette Simms at 225-342-8088 or [email protected] for further information regarding the application process.
Application Submittal Requirements — DEADLINE: APRIL 1. Applications must be submitted on or before that date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for Federal submittal. Applications may not be submitted for multiple sites.
Sponsors of projects approved at the state level will be contacted during application review.
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Note that the GRANT APPLICATION REQUIRED DOCUMENTS and REVIEW PROCESS for application submission have changed.
For a detailed explanation of the application process click HERE .
The Open Project Selection Process (OPSP) provides objective criteria and standards for grant selection. Click HERE to view the revised OPSP.
APPLICATION DOCUMENTATION | DUE APRIL 1 ANNUALY
Vicinity Map/Driving Directions (EXAMPLE)
Master Plan Requirements (EXAMPLE)
Regional Recreation Map (EXAMPLE)
Color Photos of Existing Area, including Existing Facilities (EXAMPLE)
Letter of Request to State Historic Preservation Office (EXAMPLE)
Schematic Floor Plan (EXAMPLE)
Project Cost Estimate (TEMPLATE)
Resolution Obligation Funds to Project (EXAMPLE)
Title, Deed (EXAMPLE) or Act of Donation for property involved in project
Environmental Assessment (GUIDELINES)
Stamped State Historic Preservation Office Letter (EXAMPLE)