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Grants to California Local and State Agencies to Acquire or Rehabilitate Outdoor Recreation Areas

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)


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Funding Source
California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/07/23 5:00 PM - Deadline for State Agency Applications Save

Grant Description
Grants to California local and state government agencies to enhance outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Funding is intended to support acquisition projects or development projects for public outdoor recreation, including the construction of new or renovation of existing outdoor facilities.

Projects must meet one or more of the following SCORP Priorities:

  • New Park Access
  • Multi-Use Parks Designed for All Age Groups in New or Existing Parks.
  • Health Design Goals for New or Existing Parks
  • Safety and Beautification for New or Existing Parks.
  • Preservation

Acquisition examples:

  • Aquisition to create a new park
  • Acquisition to expand or provide a buffer for an existing park
  • Acquisition to provide a wildlife corridor that supports public viewing and outdoor recreational use (not habitat conservation for its own sake—all projects must have a primary purpose of public outdoor recreation). 
  • Acquisition to provide a recreational/active transportation trail corridor that connects neighborhoods to workplaces, schools, homes, and other recreational opportunities.

In some cases, the acquisition property may not require development at all within three years after the acquisition. Examples include:

  • An existing fire or safety road in the acquisition property is in proper condition to be readily useable as a trail or walking pathway.
  • Expansion: The acquisition property is adjacent to an existing park, and the purpose of the acquisition is to serve:
    • To protect the viewshed of the park for current and future generations of park visitors. In this case, enjoying the viewshed is a recreation opportunity for the park visitors.
    • To protect a wildlife corridor for current and future generations, where visitors of the existing park come to enjoy watching wildlife.

For information about Development Projects, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Local Agency Applicants
- Cities and Counties
- Federally recognized Native American tribes
- Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) where all members are public agencies. A JPA can include a State agency if at least one member is a local (non-State) public agency or district formed for the purpose of providing PARK and recreation areas.
- Non-State agency recreation and PARK districts and special districts with authority to acquire, operate and maintain public PARK and recreation areas.

For information regarding eligible state agency applicants, see:

Pre-Application Information
- Local agency applications must be submitted online before 5:00pm on Thursday, June 1, 2023.
- State agency applications must be submitted online before 5:00pm on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

The State Coastal Conservancy must submit a letter of intent by the first Thursday in June to be eligible to submit a state agency application.

All lands acquired or developed with LWCF funds are protected in perpetuity for public outdoor recreation use.

There is a 50% grant – 50% match requirement for this grant.

This is a reimbursement program.


Review this recording of the application workshop for more information on the 2023 Competitive Cycle:

For additional relevant links, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
$6,000,000 is the maximum grant request amount.

Term of Contract
Acquisition projects must result in at least one new recreation opportunity for the public within three years after the completion of the acquisition.

Contact Information

For contact information for Project Officers according to County, see:

State of California Natural Resources Agency
Department of Parks and Recreation Office of Grants and Local Services
Main Office Phone: (916) 653-7423

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