December 5, 2017 - National Park Service Opens First Application Window of FY2018 for LWCF Formula GrantsThe National Park Service has posted a Notice of Funding Opportunity at Grants.gov to accept applications for formula grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The notice (P18AS00027) will be open until February 2, 2018.
Each year Congress appropriates funds for the State and Local Assistance Program from the LWCF. These funds are in turn apportioned to each State, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, who direct them to a wide variety of projects that will acquire or develop public lands for outdoor recreation. States have up to three years to obligate this funding; currently, any funds available are from FY 2016 and/or 2017, given that there is not a full-year budget for FY 2018 yet. Interested local or state agency project sponsors should reach out to the lead agency for LWCF in their State to determine whether funds are available and how to apply, as well as understand the outdoor recreation priorities of their states.
See the full text of the funding notice. Additional application windows will be open during March-April and June-July.