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.
September 21, 2017 - Secretary Zinke Announces $94.3 Million to States for Parks and Outdoor Recreation through Land and Water Conservation FundU.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the fiscal year 2017 stateside funding allocation that will be distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 States, U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia to support conservation and recreation projects in local communities. See the press release.
July 19, 2017 - Interior and National Park Service Announce $13.3 Million for Improvements to Local Parks and Recreation in 22 CitiesThe U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced today $13.3 million through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program to assist 22 cities in 17 states with projects to plan, build, and enhance parks and other outdoor recreation facilities in underserved communities. These public-private partnerships leverage $13.3 million in federal funding with $21.2 million from local governments, private firms, and non-profit organizations to improve accessibility of playgrounds, create canoe and kayak launches and fishing piers, restore vacant industrial land for park uses, and make other important investments in parks across the country. See the press release.
Last updated: December 12, 2017