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Grants to Mississippi Municipalities and Agencies to Develop Recreational Facilities

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program


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Funding Source
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) – Outdoor Recreation Grants (ORG) Division
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Geographic Focus
USA: Mississippi

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/20/21 4:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
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.

  • Combination Project: Acquisition of property and recreational development of same property
  • Development Project: Recreational development of existing public property

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.

  • 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 Criteria and Eligible Facilities, please see:

For Requirements for Development Projects, 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 of the Guidelines).


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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 exists.
- Unresolved LWCF compliance or conversion issues on an existing LWCF Grant.
- Any outstanding fiscal or compliance issues with any Recreational Trail Program Project. (RTP)

Additional Geographic Information:

Interactive Map for Land & Water:

Pre-Application Information
The application shall be received in the office no later than 4:00 pm, Thursday, May 20, 2021.

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. Towns, cities, counties, regional park authorities, and state agencies may apply for 50% matching fund assistance from the Land & Water Conservation Fund.

Project applications should be submitted to the NPS at least 60 days in advance of the proposed acquisition or the beginning of construction except in accordance with the retroactivity provisions (see Chapter 5.A.3) to allow sufficient time for federal review of the proposal to determine its eligibility and compliance with federal


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
The project period shall be two (2) years, commencing on the date of formal approval.

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

Direct questions to:
Terry McDill
LWCF Grant Administrator
(601) 432-2227

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