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 application deadline for the next competitive cycle is February 3, 2020. Grant requests up to $6 million per application are encouraged. Acquisitions are the highest ranking project type.
- Application Workshops occurred in late September and early October 2019
The workshops focused on the competitive Project Selection Criteria and gave 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: A Guide to Permanent Operation and Maintenance (November 29, 2016) PDF / DOCX
The LWCF program states that once the project is complete, the land within the approved 6(f)(3) boundary map is considered under federal protection. This protection helps preserve outdoor recreational use of the site in perpetuity. The LWCF Park Stewardship guide provides an overview of the requirements for permanent operation and maintenance of the LWCF funded areas.
Questions regarding the LWCF program may be sent to your OGALS Project Officer.
Additional Program Information:
LWCF Press Releases
- News Release (May 15, 2019) "California State Parks Recommends Local Projects for $11.3 million in Land and Water Conservation Funds"
- News Release (June 15, 2018) "$14.8 million of Recommended 2018 Projects Announced"
- News Release (August 2, 2017) "California Park Projects Receive $1.1 M in Federal Grants to Expand Outdoor Play Opportunities in Urban Communities"
- 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"