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Land and Water Conservation Fund

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants provide funding for the acquisition or development of land to create new outdoor recreation opportunities for the health and wellness of Californians.

Since 1965, over one thousand parks throughout California have been created or improved with LWCF assistance.


Monday, February 5, 2018 deadline for Local Agency Competitive Applications

This competitive cycle will combine federal fiscal year 2017 and 2018 funding.  Grant requests up to $3 million are encouraged!  Applicants will use the Draft October 3, 2017 “LWCF Application Guide for Local Agencies” available below.  

LWCF Application Assistance Workshops Scheduled for October 2017

Potential LWCF applicants are invited to participate in a workshop to learn more about the LWCF application requirements.  There will be two in-person workshops and three conference call workshops.  Space for each session is limited to 40.  RSVP’s are required.

To RSVP, please email

In the email, include the workshop date pertaining to your reservation.

You will receive a confirmation email that includes either the conference call number or the address of the in-person workshop.


Application Assistance Workshop Schedule

Conference Call Options:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Conference Call Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Conference Call Time: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – Conference Call Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

In-Person Options:

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Sacramento Workshop Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – Anaheim Workshop Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


LWCF Application Guide for Local Agencies, October 3, 2017 Draft  PDF / DOCX       

The following forms or sections have been updated from the previous August 24, 2015 version of the Application Guide for Local Agencies:

  1. The Federal “Project Description/Environmental Screening Form (PD/ESF)” has been revised by the National Park Service, so instructions have been revised on page 54.  Detailed technical assistance is now available on this webpage below. 

  2. Section 106 (National Historic Preservation Act of 1966) instructions are updated on page 50 and detailed technical assistance is available below.

  3. Project Selection Criteria #4 is aligned with the 2015 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and applicants will use the “Community FactFinder” and “Park Access tool” available at See page 22 for more information about the SCORP priorities, and page 30 for Project Selection Criteria #4.

  4. Grant requests up to $3 million per application are encouraged. 

Questions and comments may be sent to LWCF Supervisor Richard Rendón at


State Agencies:  Application deadline to be determined.
For more information, contact


Application Forms: 

Local Agency Competitive Program:

     1. Application Form for Local Agency Competitive Program (Revised March 5, 2014)
     2. Resolution for Local Agency Competitive Program

State Agency Pro Rata Competitive Funds:

     1. Application Form for State Agency Pro Rata Funds
     2. Certification Letter

All Applicants:

     1. Grant Scope-Cost Estimate Form
     2. Pre-Award Planning Costs Form
     3. Funding Sources Form (Revised March 5, 2014)
     4. CEQA Compliance Certification Form
     5. Proposal Description-Environmental Screening Form (PD/ESF) effective 10/31/2016 found at for Completing the PD/ESF Form for a New Application.
     6. Rate of Reimbursement and Match Calculation, Rate of Reimbursement and Match Calculation Worksheet, and Grant Request Range
     7. Requesting a Reduced Area 6(f)(3) Boundary Map for a Lesser Unit
     8. Federal Categorical Exclusions for which documentation is required 


 LWCF Grant Administration Guide (Final Draft - March 27, 2015)

LWCF Park Stewardship: A Guide to Permanent Operation and Maintenance (November 29, 2016)
      PDF / DOCX
 Community FactFinder and Park Access Tool

Section 106 Process:

The Applicant will complete steps 1 - 4 below.  Instructions for steps 1 - 3 are provided in this document:

 Section 106 Instructions 
     1. Obtain Information Center Recommendation
     2. Obtain Native American Consultation California Native American Heritage Commission, Forms: Sacred Lands File & Native American Contacts List Request and Local Government Tribal Consultation List Request
     3. Using the Template, Report and Content Template for Section 106 Consultations, write a Cover Letter from the Applicant addressed to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Summarizing Compliance with Section 106.  This is done after steps 1 - 2 above.
     4. Send 1 - 3 above as a "SHPO Section 106 Package" to the OGALS Project Officer.
     5. The OGALS Project Officer will make a copy and send 1 - 3 above to SHPO.

LWCF Sign Guidelines:
Required Language
Logo (JPG)
 Logo (zip file), (black and white, .eps), (color, .eps), (color, .bmp)
 Logo Guidelines
 Sign examples and additional guidance

Recent Grant Awards

  News Release  (May 26, 2016)
 "$8.8 million of Recommended 2016 Projects Announced"    

  News Release  (May 27, 2015)
"California State Parks Announces Grant Awards for Local Recreation Projects"

  News Release  (August 21, 2014)
"Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program Recommendations Announced"
(This is distinct from California's LWCF Competitive Program.)

  News Release  (April 23, 2014)
"State Parks Announces $6.94 Million in Local Projects"

LWCF Projects 1964 - 2013  (Excel)  /  PDF

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (Application Deadline closed April 15, 2016)

$15 million was made available through a new national Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program.  See the Application Guide (PDFDOCXfor more information.

  New Release  (August 2, 2017)
"California Park Projects Receive $1.1 M in Federal Grants to Expand Outdoor Play Opportunities in Urban Communities"


Additional Program Information:

National Park Services Website

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)