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.
- The next application deadline will be February 1, 2022.
Application Workshops will occur in late September and early October 2021. More information regarding the workshop schedule will be coming soon.
The workshops will focus on the competitive Project Selection Criteria and give an overview of other application requirements.
LWCF Local Agency Competitive Programs - Application Process Use this link to access the "LWCF Application Guide".
LWCF Park Stewardship Requirements
LWCF outdoor recreation parks must remain accessible and protected for public outdoor recreation within the LWCF Boundary Area Map (boundary area) – formally the LWCF 6f3 Boundary Map of Record. The land within this boundary is considered to be under federal protection. LWCF Act at 54 U.S.C. §200301 et seq.
To verify that LWCF parks remain open, accessible, and being maintained OGALS conducts periodic compliance inspections. The location of the park’s LWCF acknowledgement sign is recorded. If any operation and maintenance concerns are discovered, OGALS contacts the grantee.
Changes within the boundary area must be reported to OGALS and some changes need to be reviewed and approved by the National Park Service. Changes to pre-existing facilities in the boundary area need to be reviewed by OGALS.
Keep in mind, changes within the boundary area may require converted property be replaced with non-park property of equal or greater recreational utility and value.
Contact your Grant Administration Project Officer if any of the following is being considered within the boundary area:
- Change park property rights to private, commercial, or non-public outdoor recreation use
- Construct utilities (above and underground), rights of way and easements
- Construct a public indoor facility
- Close (permanently or temporarily) any portion of the park
- Remove an obsolete facility from the park
Questions regarding the LWCF program may be sent to your OGALS Project Officer.
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