Program Overview: The Land and Water Conservation Fund Program (LWCF)
became effective in January 1965 to create parks and open spaces, protect
wilderness and forests, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities.
Funds are derived from federal recreation fees, Outer Continental Shelf
(OCS) revenues from leasing oil and gas sites in coastal waters, federal
surplus real property sales, and a portion of federal motorboat fuel
taxes. Funds are apportioned to federal agencies, and to the 50 states
and 6 territories through the U.S. Department of the Interior National
Park Service (NPS). In Vermont, LWCF is administered by the Vermont
Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. LWCF grants provide up
to 50% matching assistance to the state and local governments.
Project applications are scored and ranked
by a 5-member project application ranking committee following the Open
Project Selection Process (OPSP) using established criteria. Resulting
recommendations are reviewed and approved by the ranking committee.
All applications must meet an identified need within the State Comprehensive
Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and address local and regional needs.
Municipalities must agree to dedicate the park or area where the project
is located for public outdoor recreational use in perpetuity. In addition,
the grantee must also agree to develop, operate and maintain the development
to acceptable National Park Service (NPS) standards for public outdoor
recreation. Grants are subject to approval by the National Park Service
Next Application Deadline: Summer/ Fall 2014 (exact date TBD)
Eligible Applicants: Funds are for municipalities
only (i.e., towns, cities, regional park districts,
school districts and state agencies).
Eligible Projects: Acquisition of land for
parks and public outdoor recreation, or
development of new facilities and/or renovation of existing
facilities for outdoor recreation.