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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant Program

Grants to Nevada Agencies to Develop
Outdoor Recreational Facilities

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Nevada Division of State Parks

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05/25/18 12:00 PM


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Grants to Nevada cities, counties, towns, tribal governments, and political subdivisions for capital projects that result in the development of outdoor recreation facilities. Facilities must be available for public use. Funding may be requested for site acquisition, site development, renovation, or a combination of these.

Program Overview:

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-578, 78 Stat 897) was enacted " assist in preserving, developing and assuring accessibility to all citizens of the United States of America of present and future generations... such quality and quantity of outdoor recreation resources as may be available and are necessary and desirable for individual active participation...” The LWCF program provides matching grants to States, and through States to local governments, for the acquisition and development of public recreation areas and facilities.

The LWCF Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to provide financial assistance to States for outdoor recreation and land or water acquisition purposes. With some exceptions, this authority has been delegated to the Regional Directors of the NPS, who are authorized to administer the program within their respective jurisdictions.

Under Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 407.205, the administrator of the NDSP, through the director of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), serves as the LWCF State Liaison Office (SLO), and is responsible for accepting and disbursing funds in the state.

LWCF assistance can be used to:
-Acquire lands and waters or interests in lands and waters for public outdoor recreation;
-Develop basic outdoor recreation facilities to serve the general public; and
-Provide major renovation work for existing outdoor recreation facilities, including replacement; or
-A combination of acquisition and development or renovation.

Eligible Projects:


Acquisition of lands or waters may be funded provided they are used for public outdoor recreation. Funds may be used to acquire new land or to expand existing recreation areas. Development must start within three (3) years after acquisition. Acquisition can be by fee simple title or by whatever lesser rights will insure the desired public use.

Examples of eligible acquisitions may include, but are not limited to:
-Areas with frontage on rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, etc. that will provide water-based public recreation opportunities, or the acquisition of the water bodies themselves
-Land for creating water impoundments to provide water-based public outdoor recreation opportunities
-Areas that provide special recreation opportunities, such as floodplains, wetlands, and areas adjacent to scenic highways.
-Natural areas, preserves, and outstanding scenic areas where the acquisition objective is to preserve areas of biological importance and/or viewsheds. These areas must remain open to the general public for outdoor recreation use to the extent that the natural attributes of the areas will not be seriously impaired or lost.
-Land within urban areas for day-use picnic areas, neighborhood playgrounds, and tot lots; areas adjacent to school playgrounds and competitive nonprofessional sports facilities, as well as more generalized parklands.

Land acquired may provide for a wide variety of outdoor activities including, but not limited to: driving and walking for pleasure, sightseeing, swimming and other water sports, fishing, picnicking, nature study, boating, hunting and shooting, camping, horseback riding, bicycling, snowmobiling, skiing, and other outdoor sports and activities.

Acquisition of lands and waters, or interests therein, may be accomplished through purchase, eminent domain, transfer, or by gift (donation).

Every reasonable effort should be made to acquire real property by negotiated purchase. Real property must be appraised before the initiation of negotiations, and the property owner given a "Statement of Just Compensation" for the property.

The donation of land is encouraged and the value of that donation may be used as all or part of the applicant's match, provided there are additional acquisition and/or development costs to be met. Donations must have both an appraisal and an "Offer to Purchase" from the applicant on file and as part of the project application.

An appraisal by a qualified appraiser (MAI or equivalent), must be submitted with the grant application (if the property is worth less than $25,000, a qualified appraiser can do a waiver valuation instead). The appraisal must be prepared in accordance with the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (Interagency Land Acquisitions Conference, 1992). Appraisals and preliminary title documents must be approved by the State before negotiations are begun. A letter of certification (appraisal review) from an independent qualified appraiser is required for each acquisition project. Project sponsors will be provided with a list of qualified appraisers in the area; sponsors will be required to contract directly with an appraiser from the list for the appraisal review.

Only in unusual circumstances can real property be acquired at less than the fair market value as determined by a qualified appraiser. If this occurs, there must be evidence that the owner was first provided with a written "Offer to Purchase" for the full amount established as just compensation. This amount will not be less than the approved appraisal of fair market value.

Such evidence will include a signed statement by the property owner waiving his right to just compensation and indicating that they: (1) have been informed of all rights and benefits under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Properties Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, (2) have been provided with a Statement of Just Compensation and a Written Offer to Purchase for this amount, (3) is satisfied with the price paid even though it is less than the approved appraisal of fair market value, and 4) the reasons why they have elected to accept this lesser amount. This statement must accompany the request to the NDSP for reimbursement.

A copy of the "Offer of Just Compensation" and the deed showing purchase of the property by the applicant must be sent to NDSP within 9 months of the first letter sent to the applicant following the awarding of the grant (acquisition projects only).

Displaced persons and business or farm interests must be notified of their rights under federal and state relocation laws.


Financial assistance may be available through the LWCF program for most facilities necessary for the use and enjoyment of outdoor recreation areas. The LWCF Act specifies that development projects may consist of basic outdoor recreation facilities to serve the general public provided that the funding of such a project is in the public interest.

Development projects need not be complete and may proceed in stages. Each stage must result in a complete and usable facility (even if it is part of a larger multi-phase project).

Facilities may be built on 1) land owned by the political subdivisions, 2) land acquired under this program, and/or 3) federal lands under lease for 25 years or more.

Funding of development projects may cover construction, renovation, site planning, demolition, site preparation, architectural services, and similar activities essential for the proper execution of the project.

Plans for the development of land and/or facilities must align with the LWCF grant scoring criteria (Appendix A), the expected use, and the type and character of the project area. Emphasis should be given to the health and safety of users, accessibility to the general public and persons with disabilities (per standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act), and the protection of the recreation and natural values of the area.
Examples of eligible development projects may include, but are not limited to:

Sports and Playfields:
LWCF assistance may be available for fields, courts and other outdoor spaces used in competitive and individual sports. This includes athletic fields and courts, playgrounds and tot lots, golf courses, rifle/pistol/archery ranges, trap/skeet fields, rodeo arenas, running tracks, and other similar facilities.

Picnic Facilities:
LWCF assistance may be available for tables, fireplaces, shelters, and other facilities related to family or group picnic sites.

LWCF assistance may be available for the development and marking of overlooks, turnouts, and trails for a diverse array of motorized and non-motorized activities.

Swimming Facilities:
LWCF assistance may be available for the development of beaches, outdoor pools, wading pools, lifeguard towers, bathhouses, and other related facilities.

Boating Facilities:
LWCF assistance may be available for most facilities related to boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, sculling, and other similar activities. These facilities may include, but are not limited to: docks, berths, floating berths secured by buoys or similar services, launching ramps, breakwaters, mechanical launching devices, boat lifts, boat storage, sewage pump out facilities, fuel depots, water and sewer hookups, restrooms, showers, electrical systems, and parking areas.

Hunting/Fishing Facilities:
LWCF assistance may be available for trails, fishing piers, and other facilities necessary to the accommodation of public hunting or fishing. In addition, funds may be used for the initial clearing or planting of food and cover, stream improvements, wildlife management areas, fish hatcheries, and other critical infrastructure, if those facilities are open to the public in some form.

Winter Sports Facilities:
LWCF assistance may be available for facilities such as ski trails, jumps, lifts, trails/runs, and snowmaking equipment as they are utilized for downhill skiing, cross country skiing, sledding/tubing, snowmobiling, and other winter sports. Outdoor ice rinks are also eligible.

Camping Facilities:
LWCF assistance may be available for tables, fireplaces, restrooms, information stations, snack bars, utility outlets, and other facilities needed for camping (tent, trailer, camper, etc.). Cabins or group camps may be eligible as well.

Exhibit Facilities:
LWCF assistance may be available for outdoor exhibit or interpretive facilities that provide opportunities for the observation or interpretation of natural, cultural and/or historic resources located on the recreation site or in the immediate surrounding area. This includes small demonstration farms, arboretums, outdoor aquariums, outdoor nature exhibits, nature interpretive centers, and other similar facilities.

Spectator Facilities:
LWCF assistance may be available for amphitheaters, bandstands, and modest seating areas, providing that the associated facilities (fields, etc.) are not designed primarily for professional, semiprofessional, intercollegiate or interscholastic arts or athletics.

Community Gardens:
LWCF assistance may be available for community garden infrastructure. Such elements may include, but are not limited to land preparation, perimeter fencing, storage bins and sheds, irrigation systems, benches, walkways, parking areas, and restrooms.

Renovated Facilities:
LWCF assistance may be available for extensive renovation or redevelopment to bring a facility up to standards of quality and attractiveness suitable for public use. Renovation specifically involves facilities or areas that have deteriorated to the point where their usefulness is impaired or outmoded; or where it needs to be upgraded to meet public health and safety laws and requirements. Funds are not available to reverse deterioration due to inadequate maintenance during the reasonable life of the facility.

Facilities Accessible and Designed for the Disabled:
LWCF assistance may be available for the adaptation of new or existing outdoor recreation facilities for use by persons with disabilities. Funds may not be used for facilities that are exclusively for the disabled unless such facilities are available to the general public or are part of an outdoor recreation area which serves the general public.

Zoo Facilities:
Outdoor display facilities at zoological parks are eligible to receive LWCF assistance provided they portray a natural environmental setting that serves the animals’ physical, social, psychological, and environmental needs; and that is open to the public.

Support Facilities:
LWCF assistance may be available for a variety of infrastructure that may be integral to the
functioning of eligible recreation facilities.

Examples of Support Facilities include, but are not limited to:
-Facilities required for the reasonable use and engagement of an area. Examples include: roads, parking areas, utilities, restrooms, sanitation systems, simple cabins or trail hostels, warming huts, shelters, visitor information centers, kiosks, interpretive centers, bathhouses, permanent spectator seating, walkways, pavilions, snack bar stands, and equipment rental spaces.
-Operations and maintenance facilities that support a recreation resource, such as: maintenance buildings, storage areas, administrative offices, dams, erosion control projects, fences, sprinkler systems, and directional signs.
-Beautification projects that provide a more attractive public environment. This may include: general landscaping, the clearing or restoration of areas which have been damaged by natural disasters; the screening, removal, relocation or burial of overhead power lines; the dredging and restoration of publicly owned recreation lakes or boat basins, and measures necessary to mitigate negative environmental impacts.
-Roads whose primary use is to serve an outdoor recreation facility or area. Such roads can be either within a recreation area or outside of it, but they must be owned or adequately controlled by the agency sponsoring or administering the park or recreation area and cannot be part of an existing state, county or local road system. All grant improved facilities must be included within the LWCF boundary.
-Equipment required to make a recreation facility initially operational.
-Energy conservation infrastructure, including: solar energy systems, earth berms, window shading devices, energy lock doors, sodium vapor lights, insulation, windmills, on-site water power systems, bioconversion systems, and facilities required for the conversion of existing power systems to coal, wood, or other energy-efficient fuels.

Funds are available for projects that combine acquisition and development.

Planning is not a stand-alone category, but is an eligible expense provided that plans are undertaken by qualified professionals and the cost is a part of an approved development project. The cost of the plans must be less than 40% of the total project cost.

Allowable Costs:

The basic statement regarding the principles and standards for determining costs applicable to this grant program can be found in 2 CFR Part 200.

Examples of allowable costs, including those costs used as match, may include but are not limited to:
-Pre-award project planning
-Personal Service
-Fringe Benefits
-Consultant Services
-Equipment Usage
-Supplies and Material
-Information and Interpretation Costs
-Administrative and Supporting Expenses
-Costs of Purchase of Real Property and of Interest in Real Property
-Cost of Real Property Purchased from Other Public Agencies
-Costs of Real Property Acquired through Exchanges
-Real Property Acquired by Donation
-Master Planning

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137386

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant request may be as large as the entire current LWCF appropriation to political subdivisions in Nevada.

Term of Contract:

For acquisition projects, development must start within three (3) years after acquisition.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following political subdivisions of the State of Nevada are eligible under the provisions of the LWCF Act:
-Other local governments with the authority and responsibility to provide recreational services, such as General Improvement Districts
-Native American tribal governments

Ineligible Acquisition Projects:
-Acquisition of historic sites and structures, except if the applicant clearly demonstrates that the acquisition is primarily for outdoor recreation purposes and that the historic aspects are an integral component of the primary recreation purpose(s).
-Acquisitions of museums and sites to be used for museums or primarily for archeological excavations.
-Acquisition of land to help meet a public school's minimum site size requirement.
-Acquisition of areas and facilities designed to be used primarily for semi-professional, professional, intercollegiate, and interscholastic arts or athletics.
-Acquisition of areas and facilities to be used solely for game refuges or fish production purposes. Such areas and facilities may be eligible if they will be open to the public for general compatible recreation, or if they directly serve priority public outdoor recreation needs.
-Acquisition of areas to be used mainly for the construction of indoor facilities.
-Acquisition of Federal surplus property unless legislatively authorized in a specific situation.

Ineligible Development Projects:
-Facilities designed primarily for professional, semi-professional, intercollegiate, or interscholastic arts or athletics.
-Mobile recreation units including play mobiles, skate mobiles, swim mobiles, show wagons, puppet wagons, and porta-bleachers.
-Support facilities which contribute primarily to public indoor activities such as meeting rooms, auditoriums, libraries, study areas, restaurants, lodges, motels, luxury cabins, food preparation equipment, kitchens, and equipment sales areas.

Examples of non-allowable expenditures may include, but are not limited to:
-Ceremonial or entertainment expenses
-Expenses for publicity
-Bonus payments of any kind
-Charges for contingency reserves or other similar reserves
-Charges in excess of the lowest acceptable competitive bid, unless specifically agreed to by the NPS
-Charges for deficits or overdrafts
-Taxes for which the organization involved would not have been liable to pay
-Interest expenses, except those awarded by the court as just compensation
-Charges incurred contrary to the policies and practices of the organization involved
-Consequential damages to adjoining property owned by other persons, which are caused by noise, lights, etc.
-Incidental costs relating to acquisition of real property unless otherwise allowable under the
Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act
-Operation and maintenance costs of outdoor recreation areas and facilities
-The value of, or expenditures for, lands acquired from the United States at less than fair market value
-Cost of discounts not taken
-Equipment to be used for maintenance
-Employee facilities
-Donations or contributions made by the sponsor
-Salaries and expenses of the Office of the Governor, or of the chief executive of a political subdivision, or of the State legislature, or other local governmental bodies
-Fines and penalties
-Any excess of cost over the Federal contribution under one grant agreement is unallowable under other grant agreements
-Losses arising from un-collectible accounts and other claims, and related costs
-Legal and professional fees paid in connection with raising funds
-Payments for lobbying in connection with LWCF grants
-Costs of making post-completion inspections

Pre-Application Information:

LWCF requires at least a 50/50 match on all projects.

LWCF is a reimbursable grant program. Grantees must pay for all project expenses and then request reimbursement for those costs. There are no exceptions. Reimbursements are only made for completed project elements.

The deadline for the 2018 LWCF grant application has been extended to May 25, 2018, 12:00 PM. Applications submitted via email.

Evaluation and selection of projects will take place in June with projects being awarded by October 1, 2018. The timely awarding of the grants is subject to the Federal Government spending bills and legislation.

Contact Information:

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

Janice Keillor, Park and Recreation Program Manager/State Trails Coordinator
(775) 684-2787

Art Krupicz, Grants and Cultural Resource Specialist

Nevada Division of State Parks
901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 5005
Carson City, NV 89701

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