Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) – Outdoor Recreation Grants (ORG) Division
05/20/21 4:00 PM Receipt
Grants to Mississippi government agencies and municipalities to provide public recreational facilities. Funding is intended to support projects to acquire land and develop outdoor sites and facilities. Eligible projects must be open to the general public and include ball fields, trails, picnic grounds, water facilities, camping facilities, and more. Emphasis should be given to the protection of the natural resources of the area, the health and safety of the users, and accessibility to the general public.
Land and Water Conservation Fund Program (LWCF)
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks – Outdoor Recreation Grant Division (ORG) administer a grant-in-aid program for the acquisition and/or development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Grants are for public bodies only.
A key feature of the program is that sites assisted with funding from the program must be open, operated and maintained in perpetuity as public outdoor recreation areas and may not be converted to other uses without prior approval by the ORG and NPS acting on behalf of the USDOI.
The program provides 50/50 matching reimbursable grants for development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Two types of projects are available for funding assistance.
Only project proposals in accordance with the SCORP and reviewed through a State’s Open Project Selection Process (OPSP) may be considered. In order for an application to be considered, it must be a viable project (i.e., ballfield, soccer field, splash park, etc.). Applications for support facilities only, do not qualify. It can be a combination of both.
For Acquisition And Development Criteria and Eligible Facilities, please see: https://www.mdwfp.com/media/301299/ms-2021-lwcf-grant-guidelines-with-appendices.pdf#page=16
For Requirements for Development Projects, please see: https://www.mdwfp.com/media/301299/ms-2021-lwcf-grant-guidelines-with-appendices.pdf#page=18
Project sponsor ownership and control of property
The project sponsor must possess sufficient title and adequate legal control of the property that is to be placed under Section 6(f) protection in order to provide reasonable assurances that a conversion under Section 6(f)(3) of the LWCF Act will not occur without its knowledge, state review and NPS decision. Such assurances are contained in the General Provisions of the LWCF Project Agreement (Appendix B of the Guidelines).
GrantWatch ID#: 154192
Grant requests will be considered in grant amounts not to exceed $500,000.00 ($1,000,000 maximum total project cost). The minimum grant amount is $25,000.00 ($50,000.00 minimum total project cost).
The project period shall be two (2) years, commencing on the date of formal approval.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Deliver applications to:
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks – Outdoor Recreation Grant Division
1505 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211-6374
Direct questions to:
LWCF Grant Administrator
Interactive Map for Land & Water: https://arcgis.mdwfp.com/GIS/Flex/index.html?config=LandWaterpublic.xml
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