Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants Now Available
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: November 20, 2017

Montana State Parks ( announced today that federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants are now available for local, public and outdoor recreation projects in Montana. Applications are accessible through the online system at and must be submitted by Friday, March 30, 2018 at 5pm.

Cities, counties, school districts, conservation districts, Indian Nations, and similar entities are eligible to apply. Typical facilities funded in the past include ball fields, city parks campgrounds, golf courses, ice-skating ponds, picnic facilities, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pools, splash parks, and playground equipment.

The federal Land & Water Conservation Fund Program, established in 1965, encourages a partnership between national, state and local governments in planning and funding outdoor recreation.

The maximum grant award per project is $150,000. The grant may provide up to 50 percent of a local project’s total costs. There will be approximately $800,000 in LWCF funding available for the 2018 award cycle.

Some Requirements of the LWCF Grant Program Include:
•    Project sponsors must be a city, county, school district or similar official entity or sovereign Indian Nation within Montana.
•    The sponsor must own the project site, or have control of the property under a long-term lease.
•    The sponsor must have adequate resources to operate and maintain the area after the project is complete. The LWCF program provides no funds for routine operation and maintenance costs.
•    The area within the project boundary must be maintained for public outdoor recreation in perpetuity.

For more information about the LWCF Grant Program visit:
Or contact Seth McArthur at (406) 444-3753 or

Montana State Parks administers the stateside Land and Water Conservation Fund in Montana. This federal program and the funds that support it are completely separate from all Montana State Park revenues, camping fees, and related parks’ funding sources.

For general information about the Land and Water Conservation Fund visit:

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