Land and Water Conservation Fund

Program Updates:
 
 The new LWCF Application Guide for Local Agencies is now available:
        
PDF  /  DOC

        Note:  Page 38: Application Checklist Item #7, 6(f)(3) Boundary Map Checklist.  Unfortunately the web-based tool to make the 6(f)(3) Boundary Map will not be available for applications submitted by the February 3, 2014 deadline.  This tool will be available later this year for future funding cycles.  Please provide a 6(f)(3) Boundary Map with the required information listed in the 6(f)(3) Boundary Map Checklist.  

        February 3, 2014: Application deadline for Local Agency Applications

    
 The new LWCF Application Guide for State Agencies is now available:
        
PDF  /  DOC

          April 1, 2014: Application deadline for State Agency Applications


See the Application Checklist in the Application Guides above to understand which forms are required for your application.

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


 The new LWCF Grant Administration Guide is now available:
          PDF  /  DOC
    


 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 Acquisition Schedule Form, and Page 92, Item (F) of the LWCF Grant Application Guide and Page 18 of the LWCF Grant Administrative Guide.

However, the National Park Service allows for an exception to the UASFLA.  For the exception, please read the LWCF State Assistance Program Manual Chapter 4-18 through 24 (#7 Real Property Acquisition).


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
3.  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

All Funded Projects (3-2013 | PDF Format | ) 

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.


The following Local Agency Competitive Applications submitted on November 1, 2012 are being forwarded to the National Park Service (NPS) for NPS' funding consideration: List of Applications


Additional Program Information:

   National Park Services Website  

   California Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) 

    California State Parks
    Office of Grants & Local Services
    PO Box 942896
    Sacramento, CA 94296-0001

    TEL 916-653-7423
    FAX 916-653-6511
    localservices@parks.ca.gov 

    Staff Contacts