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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program

Grants to Mississippi Municipalities and
Agencies to Develop Recreational Facilities

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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) – Outdoor Recreation Grants (ORG) Division

Deadline Date:

05/21/20 4:00 PM


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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 activities, camping, and more.

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.

Land and Water Conservation Fund Program

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.

  1. Combination Project: Acquisition of property and recreational development of same property
  2. Development Project: Recreational development of existing public property

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.

  • Acquisition - Acquisition only projects can be submitted, but will be ranked low in the ratings. According to NPS guidelines, land that is acquired must be developed.
  • Development - Physical facilities such as sports and play fields, tennis courts, picnic facilities, etc.
  • Acquisition/Development - Land acquired by donation or negotiated purchase followed by development of facilities on that land.

For  Acquisition And Development Project Eligibility and Eligible Facilities please see

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).

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GrantWatch ID#: 154192

Estimated Size of Grant:

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).

Term of Contract:

Two (2) years, commencing on the date of formal approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants
All cities, towns, counties, eligible state agencies, and park authorities responsible for providing public recreation services are eligible for funding.

Individuals may not apply.

Private and non-profit organizations are not eligible although they may be participating partners in the project

You cannot submit an application if:
- An active LWCF grant exist.
- Unresolved LWCF compliance or conversion issues on an existing LWCF Grant.
- Any outstanding fiscal or compliance issues with any Recreational Trail Program Project. (RTP)

Pre-Application Information:

Land and Water Conservation Fund Funding Cycle – Closes May 21, 2020

Faxes and email submissions will not be accepted. Applicants are responsible for delivery by the deadline and late submissions will be rejected without consideration.

The program is a matching, reimbursement program, meaning that the sponsoring agency must provide a match and be capable of financing the project in its entirety while requesting periodic reimbursement.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Deliver applications to:
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks – Outdoor Recreation Grant Division
1505 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211-6374

Outdoor Recreation Grants
Terry McDill
LWCF Grant Administrator
(601) 432-2227

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi

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