Land and Water Conservation Fund
RSVP for LWCF Grant Application and 2015 SCORP Workshops
The California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS) invites you to attend a Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Local Agency grant application workshop that will also feature discussion on the newly released 2015 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
Attendees will learn how to prepare an application for LWCF funds. Applications are due February 3, 2016. Grant requests up to $2 million are encouraged.
Attendees will also learn how the new SCORP Geographic Information System (GIS) tools can assist communities in identifying neighborhoods in need of parks.
Click below to RSVP and learn more about workshop dates, times, and locations.
The Application Deadline for Local Agencies is February 3, 2016.
LWCF Application Guide for Local Agencies, Final Draft, August 24, 2015
Applications must be postmarked by February 3, 2016.
Local Agency Competitive Program:
- Application Form for Local Agency Competitive Program (Revised March 5, 2014)
- Resolution for Local Agency Competitive Program
State Agency Pro Rata Competitive Funds:
- Grant Scope-Cost Estimate Form
- Pre-Award Planning Costs Form
- Funding Sources Form (Revised March 5, 2014)
- CEQA Compliance Certification Form
- 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)
PDF / DOC
Sample 6(f)(3) Boundary Map and Instructions
California State Parks LWCF Community Fact Finder
The Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisition (UASFLA) is required on the following pages: Page 27 Acquisition Schedule Form, and Page 92, Item (F) of the LWCF Grant Application Guide and Page 18 of the LWCF Grant Administrative 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
- Obtain Information Center Recommendation
- 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
- 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.
- Send 1 - 3 above as a "SHPO Section 106 Package" to the OGALS Project Officer.
- 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:
Logo (zip file), (black and white, .eps), (color, .eps), (color, .bmp)
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.
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
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.
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)