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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant Program

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

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Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Deadline Date:

11/09/18 4:00 PM Postmarked or delivered


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Grants starting at $25,000 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.

Typically, half of the funding is 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.

Funding Priorities: See page 48-51 of the attached PDF "Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan: 2016-2021," for discussion of priorities bulleted below.

Goal 1: Increase Participation in Outdoor Recreation
Goal 2: Maintain Sustainable Outdoor Recreation
Goal 3: Ensure Future Funding and Support for Outdoor Recreation

High Priority Project Types
- Trail and facility upgrades or improvements (includes support facilities, restrooms, campsites)
- Improved access to recreation areas (parking, boat launches, trailheads, signage, etc.)
- Meet ADA accessibility standards

Moderate Priority Project Types
- Acquisition or development of new trails and facilities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 135207

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

It depends on how many applications are 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 $250,000 (project at least $500,000).

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 Section 6(f) of the LWCF Act of 1965. The recipient also agrees to conduct inspections at least once every 5 years and forward inspection reports to the State.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include state, local, and regional entities (city, borough, state and tribal governments) that have legal authority for public parks and outdoor recreation facilities.

Applicants must demonstrate control and tenure over the site and facility which will receive grant funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until 4PM, Friday, November 9, 2018.

LWCF is a 50‐50 matching and reimbursable program. Project sponsors do not receive grant funds at time of approval. For example, if an applicant/sponsor requests $50,000 in LWCF grant funds, they must ultimately “prove up” on $100,000 in eligible costs. The sponsor may request reimbursement as often as quarterly, though, by submitting documentation of incurred costs and a narrative progress report.

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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Postmark or deliver applications to:
Jean Ayers, Grants Administrator
State of Alaska
Department of Natural Resources
Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501

Jean Ayers, LWCF Grants Administrator
Fax: 907-269-8907

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska