The LWCF State and Local Assistance Program was established in 1964 to assist in preserving, developing and assuring accessibility to present and future generations of U. S. citizens and visitors “such quality and quantity of outdoor recreation resources as may be available and are necessary and
desirable for individual active participation in such recreation and to strengthen the health and vitality of the citizens of the United States.” This is accomplished in part by authorizing and providing grants to States, and through States to local units of government and Indian tribes, for projects that acquire lands and waters for parks and other public outdoor recreation purposes, as well as develop new or renovate existing outdoor recreation facilities.
Land acquisition and development grants may be in support of a wide range of outdoor recreation uses, such as community parks, playgrounds, picnic areas, campgrounds, trails, swimming pools, and sports fields; as well as for certain indoor infrastructure that supports these activities such as restrooms.
Outdoor recreation areas and facilities must be publicly owned as well as open to the general public and not limited to special groups.
The process for applying for a grant begins at the State or Territory level; entities interested in applying for an LWCF grant must contact their State’s lead agency to find out details about the availability of funds, timing of grant process, State program priorities, funding criteria, etc.
A list of agency contacts can be found at:
The lead agency is responsible for soliciting project proposals from other State agencies, local units of government, and Indian Tribes and conducting competitions to identify the projects that can best advance the goals or meet the needs identified in the State’s SCORP.
The top ranked projects, within the funds available, are nominated to the NPS for consideration and final decision, as well as the actual award of a grant.
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In accordance with 54 U.S.C.
§ 200305(a), only the State lead agency for LWCF is eligible to submit applications in response to this announcement, whether on behalf of itself or another entity.
In this context “States” include the 50 U. S. States, as well as American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The grants may be sub-awarded to other state or territory agencies, local political subdivisions of that state, and Indian tribes.
Local political subdivisions include: county, municipality, city, town, township, parish, local public authority, school district, special district (such as a park district), intrastate district, council of governments (whether or not incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under State law), any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government.
Individuals, nonprofit organizations, and private organizations are generally not eligible for LWCF grants, although exceptions may be made for certain types of nonprofit organizations that are publicly-chartered under state or local law to serve a public purpose, such as managing a park or park district.
In addition, a state must have a current SCORP approved by the NPS to be eligible to apply for LWCF grants.
The state lead agency is responsible for: reviewing proposals for completeness and eligibility requirements; ensuring that proposals meet and are consistent with outdoor recreation priorities outlined in the state or territory’s SCORP; prioritizing proposals according to their Open Project Selection Process, and submitting final applications to the NPS for review and award of funds.
For selected projects, the NPS makes financial assistance awards to the lead agency, which will be responsible for ensuring that allocated funds are used for the purposes of and in a manner consistent with this program, including any funds awarded to eligible sub-applicants.
As the primary grantee for any sub-awarded grants, the State and Territory lead agencies are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day implementation of the grant and the supported activities to assure the project’s compliance with the LWCF Act and Manual, other applicable Federal requirements, and that performance goals are being achieved.
The NPS cannot make grants to entities other than the state lead agency; applications submitted to this funding opportunity announcement by an entity other than the state lead agency will automatically be rejected without consideration.Full Opportunity Web Address:https://www.grantsolutions.gov/gs/preaward/previewPublicAnnouncement.do?id=92388Contact: Agency Email Description:
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