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

Questions may be sent to your OGALS Project Officer


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
         Tips for Completing the PD/ESF Form for a New Application
     6. Rate of Reimbursement, Match, and Grant Request Range Guidance 
     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 - 2017  (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)