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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program

Grants to Mississippi Municipalities for
Outdoor Recreation Areas and Facilities

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

Deadline Date:

03/21/19 4:00 PM


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Grants starting at $15,000 to Mississippi municipalities and park authorities to develop public outdoor recreation areas. Funding is intended for land acquisitions, development of outdoor recreation projects, and a combination of acquisition and development. Eligible projects are for public activities and support facilities such as ball fields, trails, water activities, camping, access roads, equipment, beautification, and more. All sites are required to be opened, operated, and maintained in perpetuity for public outdoor recreation, and may not be converted for uses other than public, outdoor, recreation.

Eligible Acquisition projects: Acquisition of lands and waters for public outdoor recreation, including new areas or additions to existing parks, forests, wildlife areas, beaches, and other similar areas dedicated to outdoor recreation may be eligible for assistance. Areas acquired may serve a wide variety of public outdoor recreation activities including but not limited to: walking and driving 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. Natural areas and preserves may be acquired but must be 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.

A development project may consist of one improvement or a group of related improvements designed to provide facilities for outdoor recreation, including facilities for access, safety, maintenance and protection of the area. Eligible Development Projects include:
a. Sports and playfields
b. Picnic facilities
c. Trails
d. Swimming facilities
e. Boating facilities
f. Fishing/hunting facilities
g. Camping facilities
h. Community gardens
i. Renovated facilities
j. Accessible facilities

Guidelines for eligible support facilities:
a. Support facilities
b. Operation and maintenance facilities
c. Beautification
d. Indoor facilities
e. Access Roads
f. Equipment
g. Must serve viable outdoor recreation area
h. Energy conservation elements

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154192

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests will be considered in grant amounts not to exceed $175,000.
The minimum grant amount is $15,000.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All cities, towns, counties, eligible state agencies, and park authorities responsible for providing public recreation services are eligible for funding. Private and nonprofit organizations are not eligible although they may be participating partners in the project.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline is March 21, 2019, 4:00 PM.

Three complete copies of the application plus one complete electronic version (Word file) on a flash drive must be delivered to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (see Contact Information, below).

The use of in-kind and/or donated materials, labor, and equipment must be indicated on the application form by the sub-recipient and approved by the Outdoor Recreation Grants staff prior to project approval. This request must include a detailed analysis of the services to be provided. The amount of in-kind services shall not exceed 25% of the project total.

The program is a matching, reimbursement program, meaning that the sponsoring agency must provide a match (50%) and be capable of financing the project in its entirety while requesting periodic reimbursement. Design and engineering fees for consultants, up to 8% of the total construction cost, are allowable project expenditures and are 50% reimbursable.


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Contact Information:

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

Terry McDill, Grant Administrator
(601) 432-2227

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi