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Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants
Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants
Trail Guide leading children and families in Roxborough State Park. Photo copyright Ken Papaleo

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program (LWCF) for projects that provide public outdoor recreation opportunities through the acquisition of land, or the development or maintenance of existing sites and facilities.

Additionally, the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program provides an additional funding opportunity for projects that provide new or significantly improved recreation opportunities in economically-disadvantaged communities. Information for both funding opportunities is listed below.

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Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Program

​Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for Round 6 of the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What projects are eligible for this grant opportunity?

  • Align with at least one priority in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP);
  • Are located within or abutting an incorporated city or town with a population of 30,000 or more;
  • Serve communities that are severely lacking in walkable, publicly accessible outdoor recreation ('park deserts'), which means that there are no existing parks within a .5 mile radius of the target community (not the radius of the proposed park), or parks within the .5 mile radius are not large enough to support the population, are obsolete or undeveloped, or there are accessibility issues due to physical barriers (e.g., transportation infrastructure, rivers, etc.); and
  • Serve communities that have a poverty rate of at least 20% or 10 percentage points higher than that of the project city, county or state rate, as determined by the Census Tracker​.

​In addition to this, the NPS has highlighted that the competition will prioritize the selection of projects that:

  • ​​​Provide new recreational opportunities, particularly those that will increase access to nature's benefits, such as green spaces, shady areas (via tree cover), and natural landscapes that help cool the air and reduce urban heat island effects, reduce pollution, and have positive effects on mental and physical health;
  • Have empowered and engaged members of the target community in project development and design of the park;
  • Create or expand public-private partnerships that leverage matching share resources (e.g., money or donations of land, supplies, or services, etc.);
  • Benefit from a high degree of coordination among the public, multiple levels of government, and the private sector; and
  • Advance goals of, or meet, priority recreation needs identified in numerous local, regional or state plans and/or initiatives.

​Who can apply for this grant?​

  • ​Local, County, State and Tribal government agencies who meet the above eligibility requirements may apply for this opportunity.
  • Applicants must have management responsibilities over public lands or authorization from the land manager for the project work proposed.
  • The minimum grant award is $300,000, and the maximum grant award is $10,000,000. The matching fund requirement is a minimum 1:1 ratio with non-Federal funds derived from state, local, non-governmental or private sources in the form of cash or in-kind contributions.

Federal Funding Requirements

Federal OMB, 2 CFR 200 Uniform Procurement Guidance applies to all CPW LWCF grants.

​​Build America, Buy America Domestic Content Procurement Preference

The Build Am​erica, Buy America​ (BABA) Act as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (s. 70901) is a domestic content procurement preference that applies to federal agencies and financial assistance funding programs, including the ​RTP. The provision specifically requires any iron, steel and manufactured goods used in projects involving construction, alteration, maintenance or repair of a public building, public works, or real property to be produced or manufactured in the United States. It specifically applies to:

  • Iron or steel which must be produced in the US, including all manufacturing processes (from melting to coatings);
  • A manufactured project which must be manufactured in the US, with 55% minimum domestic content; and
  • A construction material which must be manufactured in the US.
Grantees are responsible for determining that a product or material is produced or manufactured in the US, along with keeping records of certifications to demonstrate compliance. Further guidance can be found at​.​

​2023 Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Application

The application period is now OPEN.

The application process involves two initial stages:

1. Thursday, November 17, 2022 - ​Deadline for submission of a project scope and map to to demonstrate the project meets the above mentioned eligibility requirements and facilitate review of potential wildlife impacts.

2. Friday, December 16, 2022 - Deadline for submission of the full application and supporting documentation.

How to Apply​

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Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants​​

​Colorado Parks and Wildlife funds community projects with Land and Water Conservation Fund​ grants.

Who can apply for this grant?​​

  • Local, County, State and Tribal government agencies are eligible for LWCF grants.
  • Applicants must have management responsibilities over public lands or authorization from the land manager for the project work proposal.
  • LWCF requires a 1:1 match, meaning the grant funds must be matched 100% by the applicant. Matching funds can be a combination of both cash and in-kind contributions.

What projects are eligible for this grant?

​This grant opportunity focuses on projects that implement statewide outdoor recreation goals as outlined in the ​Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan​ (SCORP). We are putting an emphasis on funding projects that:

  • Acquire or develop parks/outdoor recreation resources to increase opportunities to engage in outdoor recreation (such as creating recreation resources in areas where non exist or there are not enough to support the size or demand of the population).
  • Maintain or renovate existing LWCF sites to increase sustainable access for residents and visitors (such as ensuring sites are ADA compliant to allow for better recreational access).
  • Request funds between $100,000 (minimum) and $1,250,000 maximum.

​2023 Land and Water Conservation Grant Application

The 2023 application window is now CLOSED. The 2024 cycle will open in August 2023.

How to Apply

  • ​LWCF Applicant Guide
  • LWCF Application Submission Information
  • LWCF Grant Application
  • LWCF Grant Budget Form (xlsx)
  • Application and Revision (A&R) Form
  • Categorical Exclusions List
  • SHPO Section 106 Review Information
  • Frequently Asked Questions
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​2023 Grant T​imeline​

  • August 3 - October 4, 2022: Grant applications available
  • September 6, 202​​2: Basic project scope and map emailed to Area Wildlife Manager
  • October - December, 2022: CPW staff and subcommittee preliminary reviews
  • January 2023: Applicant presentations to subcommittee
    • These meetings are open to the public and provide a platform for verbal comments on the applications. Meeting locations and details will be added, once finalized.
  • January 2023: State Trails Committee reviews recommendations from the subcommittee
  • March 2023: CPW Commission final funding decision
  • April or July 2023: Projects submitted to the NPS
  • July - September 2023*: LWCF start date with the NPS
  • July - September 2023: LWCF contracts are prepared and distributed to awarded project applicants.

* LWCF grant start date is dependent on the NPS grant round submission date (April or July)​

National Park Service Application Process


Each National Park Service application requires a Section 6(f)(3) Boundary Map, a Section 106 Review from the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), and a Tribal consultation review that is coordinated directly by the National Park Service.

Review Process

The Section 106 Review will be submitted to the SHPO by the CPW Trails Program on behalf of the grant applicant. Common requests from the SHPO are to have a Cultural Resources Inventory or a Class III Survey completed to ensure there are no historic sites or artifacts within the project boundary.

Approval and Timeline

  • ​Once the CPW Trails Program has received approval from the National Park Service, an agreement between CPW and the grant applicant may then be initiated. The State of Colorado enters into an agreement with the National Park Service (NPS) for each project awarded Land and Water Conservation Funds.​
  • While the timeframe is different for each awarded project, average approval from the SHPO, the Tribal c​onsultations​, and the National Park Service takes a minimum of three months.​

​Past Land and Water Consevation Fund Applications

2022 Grant Information and Submission S​​​um​maries

2022 Region Wildlife Impact Summaries

2022 LWCF Applications

  1. Willow Bend Park Trail and Natural Area
  2. Riverdale Bluffs Trail System
  3. Centennial Park Improvements
  4. Castle Pines Lennar Trails Project
  5. Buena Vista River Park Enhancements
  6. Springfield Fun Park
  7. Shur View Property Acquisition
  8. 104th Street Connector Trail
  9. Coal Creek Park Redevelopment, Phase II
  10. Sayre Park Improvements, Phase II - Play for All Project
  11. Martinez Park, Phase 1A
  12. Pleasant View Community Park Improvements
  13. Fishers Canyon Property Acquisition

2021 LWCF Applications

  1. Virginia Canyon Mountain Park Trails
  2. Heron Pond/Carpio-Sanguinette Park, Phase 2