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Grants to Alaska Government Agencies to Acquire and Develop Outdoor Recreational Areas

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant Program


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Funding Source
Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Alaska

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/31/23 12:00 Noon Postmarked or email Save

Grant Description
Grants to Alaska state, regional, and local governments to acquire and develop property for outdoor recreational areas. Funding is available for improved access to recreation areas, facility and trail upgrades, and the development of new trails and facilities. Funding is intended for a wide range of both local and state-wide activities.
Eligible project types are addressed in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) 2023-2027. Please refer to the region where your proposed project would occur.
For funding priorities see the Supporting Documents field below to view the SCORP, "Regional Needs" and "Needs Prioritized" documents.
Typically, half the available funds are designated for eligible local projects, and the other half for state projects. If state project requests are insufficient, remaining funds may be used for additional local projects and vice versa.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
State, regional or local governments, and federally recognized tribal governments, with the legal authority to provide park and recreation services on public lands are eligible to apply for LWCF assistance.

Pre-Application Information
Application Period: August 1 - October 31, 2023 (12:00 Noon Deadline)

- LWCF is a 1:1 matching and reimbursable grant program.
- Cash, in-kind labor, goods and services, as well as volunteer time and donations may count as match, as long as each is adequately documented. However, donated land or any other federal funding sources are rarely eligible as match.

- A community may put forward more than one proposal, and state their priority. Each project would need a separate application package, and each would compete independently against any other proposals we receive.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
It depends on the number of applications received for eligible projects, as well as the amounts requested for each. In the past, as many as a dozen have been awarded statewide.

Estimated Size of Grant
The minimum award for local projects in this grant cycle is $25,000 (project at least $50,000). The maximum award is $125,000 (project at least $250,000).

Term of Contract
If awarded an LWCF grant, the recipient/project sponsor agrees to dedicate and maintain the park or facility for public outdoor recreation in perpetuity, per the LWCF Act of 1965.

Contact Information
- Transmit one electronic copy of the application and all required attachments, following the standard naming convention for each file. You may also post or deliver a hard copy to the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation.

Submit electronic applications to:

Submit hard copy applications to:
Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation
Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-890

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