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Land and Water Conservation Fund

Local Agencies:  February 3, 2016 application deadline

Approximately $6.5 million is available.  

LWCF Application Guide for Local Agencies, Draft - August 24, 2015
PDF / DOCX


State Agencies:  Applications must be complete by June 30, 2016.
For more information, contact Richard.Rendon@parks.ca.gov

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 10/1/2008 found at http://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/lwcf/pub.htm


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

 LWCF Stewardship Requirements for the area within the 6(f)(3) Boundary Map

 Sample 6(f)(3) Boundary Map and Instructions

 California State Parks LWCF Community Fact Finder

Acquisition Appraisals:

The Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisition (UASFLA) is required on the following pages: Page 27 Grant Scope/Cost Estimate Form, and Page 65-66, Application Checklist Item #17 of the LWCF Grant Application Guide.

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.

 Open Project Selection Process (currently being updated) 

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

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS:
Acquisition or development of outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Priority development projects include trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, natural areas and cultural areas for recreational use.

Property acquired or developed under the program must be maintained in perpetuity for public outdoor recreation use.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:
Local Agency Program (Competitive):  Cities, counties and districts authorized to acquire, develop, operate and maintain park and recreation areas

State Agency Program (Non-Competitive):  Only State agencies as defined under Public Resources Code (PRC) Section 5099.12 are eligible

MATCH REQUIREMENT:
The Match is based on the LWCF grant request amount in relation to the Total Project Cost.  The LWCF grant can fund no more than 50% of the Total Project Cost.  This means the Match is a minimum of 50% of the Total Project Cost.

Examples of correct match calculations:

  • Total project cost is $100,000.  LWCF grant request is $50,000.  The match is $50,000.  This is correct because the LWCF grant request does not exceed 50% of the total project cost.

  • Total project cost is $100,000.  LWCF grant request is $20,000.  The match is $80,000.  This is correct because the LWCF grant request does not exceed 50% of the total project cost.

Examples of incorrect match calculations:

  • Total project cost is $100,000.  LWCF grant request is $90,000.  This match is $10,000.  This is incorrect because the LWCF grant request exceeds 50% of the total project cost.

  • Total project cost is $100,000.  LWCF grant request is $80,000.  This match is $20,000.  This is incorrect because the LWCF grant request exceeds 50% of the total project cost.

RATE OF REIMBURSEMENT:
The "Rate of Reimbursement" is based on the percentage of the LWCF grant amount in relation to the total project cost.  It has the same logic as "Match" explained above.  The LWCF grant can reimburse no more than 50% of the total project cost.

This is a reimbursement only program.  The Grantee must have funds available tofinance the entire total project cost.

Rate of Reimbursement Examples:

  • Total project cost is $100,000.  LWCF grant is $50,000.  The match is $50,000.  50% of the documented costs will be reimbursed because the LWCF grant amount is 50% of the total project cost.  In other words, to receive a $50,000 grant payment, $100,000 of project costs (grant plus match) must be documented.

  • Total project cost is $100,000.  LWCF grant is $20,000.  The match is $80,000.  20% of the documented costs will be reimbursed because the LWCF grant is 20% of the total project cost.  In other words, to receive a $20,000 grant payment, $100,000 of project costs (grant plus match) must be documented.

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

A new National Competitive Program provides $3 million available nation-wide.
This is separate from California's LWCF Competitive Program.  See the Application Guide for more information.

The new National Competitive Program Application Guide is now available:
PDF / DOC

  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


Additional Program Information:

National Park Services Website

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)