Land and Water Conservation Fund

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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.

Current Announcements: 

  • The next application deadline will be February 2022.

  • The application deadline for the competitive cycle of the Land and Water Conservation Fund was February 3, 2020.  Grant requests up to $6 million per application were 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 Local Agency Competitive Programs - Grant Administration 

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 Projects 1964 - 2019  (Excel) / PDF