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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant

Grants to Oregon Local, State, and Tribal Agencies to
Acquire and Develop Property for Public Recreation

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) - Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

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Grants to Oregon local, state, and tribal government agencies to acquire and develop outdoor recreation facilities and areas for public use. Funding is intended to support property acquisition, development and renovation, or a combination of those activities (renovation, acquisition, and development). Projects must be consistent with the outdoor recreation goals and objectives stated in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

Project types: 

  • Acquisition: Acquiring land and water for public access, including new area or additions to existing parks, forests, wildlife areas, beaches or similar. 
  • Development or Rehabilitation: Development or renovation of public outdoor recreation facilities
  • Acquisition and Development (Combination): both acquisition and development in the same project

For additional information about eligible projects, see:

For information about eligible recreation and support facilities, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167623

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum grant: $12,500 ($25,000 total project costs). No maximum grant amounts.

Due to administrative and compliance requirements of the LWCF program, preference may be given to projects with a minimum grant request of $50,000 ($100,000 total project costs).

Term of Contract:

Project sponsors have 12 months from the date of authorization to begin substantial work (i.e. the award of contracts, or completion of at least 25 percent of the work, if done by force account). Projects not conforming to this schedule will be cancelled.

Projects must complete and billed within two years of project authorization.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American)
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State Agencies

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible local government agencies include:
-Park and Recreation Districts
-Port Districts
-Indian Tribes
-Oregon State Agencies (Parks & Recreation Dept., Dept. of State Lands, Department of Fish and Wildlife and Dept. of Forestry).

Eligible state agencies include:
-Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD)
-Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)
-Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)
-Oregon Division of State Lands (DSL)

Ineligible agencies include schools, nonprofit organizations, service clubs and non-park special service districts, such as irrigation or fire districts. Private individuals or organizations are not eligible for grants under this program.

For information about ineligible acquisition projects, see:

For information about non-allowable expenditures, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops are offered for applicants to learn more about the grant program and application process. Workshops will be held as follows:

March 3, 2020: Webinar Workshop. Register in advance at

March 9, 2020: Live Workshop in Salem. Register in advance by emailing Nohemi Enciso

Watch the January 10, 2018 Webinar on YouTube at

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is April 13, 2020.

LWCF provides up to 50 percent project funding. Eligible matches include local budged funds, donated funds, and the value of property, equipment, materials, and/or labor. Land previously acquired and work completed prior to project approval cannot be used as a match. Pre-agreement design and engineering costs may be eligible, but all other projects costs and match must occur within the project period.

- February 24, 2020: Grant cycles begins. 2020 manual and online application available.
- March 3, 2020: Webinar Workshop.
- March 9, 2020: Live Workshop in Salem
- April 13, 2020: Grant Application Due
- May 5-6, 2020: Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee meets in Salem to evaluate and rank applications.


Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Nohemi Enciso
Land and Water Conservation Fund Program Coordinator
725 Summer St. NE Suite C
Salem, OR 97301

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