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.

LWCF Local Agency Competitive:

February 3, 2020 Application Deadline

OGALS is pleased to announce that Applications must be postmarked by February 3, 2020.

Application Workshops are occurring late September and early October 2019.

The workshops will focus on the competitive Project Selection Criteria and give an overview of other application requirements.  Please see the “LWCF Application Guide for Local Agencies” below.

RSVPs are required.  Space for each session is limited to 40 persons.  To RSVP, please email and please be specific about what session you are attending in the RSVP email.

LWCF Application Guide for Local Agencies, 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
Section 106 Process:

The Applicant will complete steps 1 - 4 below.  Instructions for steps 1 - 3 are provided in this document:
Section 106 Instructions (required after OGALS selects a project for funding through the competitive process - not at the time of application)
  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

LWCF Projects 1964 - 2019  Excel / PDF  (July 23, 2019)

Additional Program Information: