Deadline: 29 July 2016
The Department of the Interior National Park Service is currently inviting applications for its Land and Water Conservation Fund State and Local Assistance Program with an aim to provide grants to States, their political subdivisions, and Indian tribes to acquire and/or develop public land for outdoor recreation purposes.
The fund provides grants to States, their political subdivisions, and Indian tribes to acquire and/or develop public land for outdoor recreation purposes. It was established 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 U.S.
- The NPS estimates that in FY 2016 approximately $75 million will be awarded for 300 projects around the U.S.
- Maximum and minimum grant funding levels are established by each State, and are typically commensurate with the State’s apportionment amounts.
- Nationally, grant amounts range from $5,000 to $2.2 million, but overall average about $100,000 (note that some states have lower funding ceilings for grants).
- Only the State lead agency 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 agencies, local units of government, and Indian tribes.
- A state must have a current SCORP approved by the NPS to be eligible to receive LWCF grants.
- Local units of government include: county, municipality, city, town, township, 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 not eligible for LWCF grants.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted electronically via the given website.
Eligible Country: United States
For more information, please visit grants.gov.