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. 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Land & Water Conservation Fund opportunities for Louisiana

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Funding has been made available through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLPP). Congress created the ORLPP in 2014 to complement the agency's existing LWCF State and Local Assistance Program. The program, administered by the National Park Service, seeks to identify and highlight new ways of providing opportunities for expanding outdoor play in areas with great need, as well as promoting the development of new or enhanced partnerships for outdoor recreation in urban communities across the nation. The grants must be matched at a minimum 1:1 ratio, at least doubling the impact of the federal investment in these communities. Eligible sponsors are areas with a population of 50,000 or more people and consisting of densely settled territory.

ORLPP APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 15. Applications must be submitted to [email protected] on or before that date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

More information on ORLPP can be found at



Division of Outdoor Recreation
Office of State Parks
P.O. Box 44426
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4426
[email protected]
1-888-677-1400 toll free phone
342-8111 in the Baton Rouge area