Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program
From parks to playgrounds, wilderness to wetlands, bicycle paths to hiking trails, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has helped government agencies nationwide to protect valuable natural resources and provide meaningful public recreation opportunities.
Enacted by Congress in 1965, LWCF is administered locally by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) for the National Park Service (NPS). Since its inception, the program has distributed around $70 million in support of more than 1,100 Colorado-based projects focused on land acquisition to create new outdoor spaces, or the development of existing sites and facilities.
Who can apply?
Local, County, State, or Tribal government agencies in Colorado.
Which projects are eligible?
Eligible project types generally include anything that people can recreate on, provided it is outdoors and open to the public. Applicants must own the land where the project is situated in fee simple and agree to protect it in perpetuity for outdoor recreation.
This simple test can be helpful in determining if your organization and project are eligible.
How much funding is on offer?
Grants ranging from $100,000 to $1,250,000 are available but must be matched 1:1 with at least 10% cash.
When is the next grant round?
- August 2024 - Grant round opens
- September 2024 - Pre-application submission due
- October 2024 - Full application due
How can I apply?
Application documents are available below, along with the LWCF manual which provides detailed guidance for new applicants. Please ensure that the current years version (for all templates) is being used.
What if I have questions about compliance for an existing LWCF site?
Information about ongoing maintenance, obsolete facilities, temporary non-conforming use permits, change of use, and conversions are all discussed in the LWCF manual below.
Where can I find more information?
All LWCF queries can be directed to the CPW staff listed below. This includes new projects and applications, or compliance for existing sites.
You can also join the mailing list to receive alerts for upcoming LWCF and ORLP grant rounds.
Chrystal Read | Federal Grants Administrator
303-791-1957 x. 4150 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fletcher Jacobs | LWCF Alternate State Liaison Officer
303-791-1957 x. 4129 | email@example.com
This document is a useful resource for new applicants as well as organizations with existing LWCF sites. It provides information on the entire life cycle of LWCF grants, from application, to selection, project completion, and perpetual stewardship requirements.
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Other useful documents
2024 grant submissions
The current public review and comment period closes on Thursday, December 21, 2023. Any comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by this date.
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