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

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Grants starting at $12,500 to Oregon local, state, and tribal government agencies for the acquisition and development of outdoor recreation facilities and areas for public use. Funding may be requested for acquisition, development, or a combination of the two.

Projects must be consistent with the outdoor recreation goals and objectives stated in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and elements of your local comprehensive land use plans and park master plans. Projects must also comply with the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Acquisition – Acquiring land and water for public access, including new area or additions to existing parks, forests, wildlife areas, beaches or similar.

A. Acquisition Projects

1. 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. Acquisition can be by fee simple title or by whatever lesser rights will insure the desired public use without diminishing the control and tenure of the project sponsor’s ability to enforce the Section 6(f)(3) provisions of the LWCF Act. Areas acquired may serve a variety of outdoor recreation activities including but not limited to: driving and walking 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 recreation sports and activities.

2. Means of Acquisition
Acquisition of lands and waters, or interests therein, may be accomplished through purchase, transfer, or by gift.

3. Eligible Acquisition Costs

The only eligible property costs include:
-Direct costs for the purchase of real property and interests in real property for public outdoor recreation and improvements. Public access to the property is required, but may be controlled Projects may include acquisition of structures and improvements that are to be used primarily for outdoor recreation or outdoor recreation support activities or are a part of the outdoor recreation area to be acquired, and are to be removed or demolished.

The only eligible incidental costs include:
-Relocation and relocation administration allowable under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies, Public Law 91-646.
-Cultural resources (survey, excavation, onsite monitoring, data recovery, and other costs).
-National Environmental Policy Act compliance (e.g. hazardous substances review, wetland delineations, biological surveys, etc.)

All other incidental and administrative costs related to the acquisition of the real property, including appraisal costs, are ineligible.

B. Development Projects

Facilities needed for the use and enjoyment of outdoor recreation areas may be assisted. Development projects may consist of basic outdoor recreation facilities to serve the general public provided the funding of such a project is in the public interest and in accord with SCORP.

A development project may consist of one improvement or a group of related improvements designed to provide basic facilities for outdoor recreation, including facilities for access, safety, health, and protection of the area, as well as those required for the outdoor recreation use of the area.

A project may consist of the complete or partial development of one area, such as a park or a city playground, or it may consist of multiple sites such as a series of developments on a number of geographically separated areas under the same project sponsor such as picnic facilities in a number of parks, or the construction of fishing piers on a number of lakes in the State. The project must be a logical unit of work to be accomplished within a specific time frame.

Eligible Recreation Facilities

Development projects may include but are not limited to the following facility types:

A. Sports and playfields
Fields, courts and other outdoor spaces used in competitive and individual sports. This includes fields for baseball, softball, soccer and football, tennis courts, playgrounds and tot lots, golf courses, rifle/pistol ranges, trap/skeet fields, archery ranges, rodeo arenas, inline hockey rinks, skate parks, running tracks, and other similar facilities.

B. Picnic Facilities
Tables, fireplaces, shelters, and other facilities related to family or group picnic sites.

C. Trails
Development and marking of overlooks, turnouts and trails for nature walks, hiking,
bicycling, horseback riding, exercising, motorized vehicles, and other trail activities.

D. Swimming Facilities
Swimming beaches, outdoor pools, wave-making pools, wading pools, splash pads, lifeguard
towers, bathhouses, and other similar facilities.

E. Boating and Fishing Access Facilities
Most facilities related to motor boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, sculling and other boating activities. These facilities include, but are not limited to docks, berths, floating berths secured by buoys or similar services, launching ramps, breakwaters, mechanical launching devices, boat lifts, boat storage, sewage pump out facilities, fuel depots, water and sewer hookups, restrooms, showers, electricity and parking areas. Assistance will not be provided for operational equipment such as buoys, ropes, life jackets, or boats.

For boating and fishing access facilities and related support facilities that are eligible for LWCF funding and the Dingell-Johnson (D-J) Act (also known as the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act and “Wallop-Breaux”), as amended, LWCF funding will not be provided for facilities also eligible under Dingell-Johnson unless the SLO has undertaken an effort to coordinate all requests for such facilities with the state agency designated to administer the D-J projects.

Marinas are also eligible for assistance and are subject to the following provisions regardless of when LWCF assistance was provided:
-An equitable method of allocating berth space shall be used in all marinas.
their potential for expanding public waterfront access.
-Berth lease terms shall not be transferable to any other party.
-Berth space for transient boaters shall be provided.
-Marinas located in urban areas shall include specific design provisions for non-boaterpublic access.

F. Fishing/hunting Facilities
Trails, fishing piers and access points, initial clearing and planting of food and cover, stream improvements, wildlife management areas, fish hatcheries and other facilities necessary for public fishing and hunting.

G. Winter Sports Facilities
Facilities such as ski trails, jumps, lifts, slopes and snowmaking equipment used in downhill skiing, cross country skiing, tobogganing, sledding, snowmobiling, and other winter sports. Outdoor ice skating rinks and ice hockey rinks are also eligible.

H. Camping Facilities
Tables, fireplaces, restrooms, information stations, snack bars, utility outlets and other facilities needed for camping by tent, trailer, or camper. Cabins, or group camps of simple basic design and accessible to the general public in an equitable manner are eligible. Group camps designed for specific groups or for which specific groups will be given priority access are not eligible.

I. Exhibitor Facilities
Outdoor exhibit or interpretive facilities that provide opportunities for the observation and interpretation of natural resources located on the recreation site or in its immediate surrounding areas. This includes small demonstration farms, arboretums, outdoor aquariums, outdoor nature exhibits, nature interpretive centers and other similar facilities. Exhibit areas will not be assisted if they function primarily for academic, historic, economic, entertainment or other non-recreational purposes. This restriction includes convention facilities, livestock and produce exhibits, commemorative exhibits, fairgrounds, archeological research sites, and other non-recreational facilities. The development of nature and geological interpretive facilities that go beyond interpreting the project site and its immediate surrounding area are not eligible for assistance.

J. Spectator Facilities
Amphitheaters, bandstands, and modest seating areas related to playfields and other eligible facilities, provided the facility is not designed primarily for professional or semiprofessional arts or athletics, or intercollegiate or interscholastic sports. Seating provisions to accommodate persons with disabilities should be provided. Assistance is not available solely to increase seating capacity for a limited number of special events

K. Community Gardens
Land preparation, perimeter fencing, storage bins and sheds, irrigation systems, benches, walkways, parking areas and restrooms related to a community garden.

L. Renovated Facilities
Assistance may be available for extensive renovation or redevelopment to bring a facility up to standards of quality and attractiveness suitable or public use, if the facility or areas has deteriorated to the point where its usefulness is impaired or outmoded, or where it needs to be upgraded to meet public health and safety laws, or requirements. Such renovation is not eligible if the facility’s deterioration is due to inadequate maintenance during the reasonable life of the facility.

M. Professional Facilities
Areas and facilities designed primarily for semi-professional or professional arts or athletics, such as professional type outdoor theaters, professional rodeo arenas and other similar facilities are not eligible.

N. Accessible Facilities
Assistance may be available for the adaption of new or existing outdoor recreation facilities and support facilities for use by persons with disabilities. Outdoor recreation facilities to be used exclusively by disabled persons are not eligible unless such facilities are available to the general public or are part of an outdoor recreation area that serves the general public.

O. Mobile Recreation Units
Mobile recreation units including play mobiles, skate mobiles, swim mobiles, show wagons, puppet wagons and porta-bleachers are not eligible.

P. Zoo Facilities
Outdoor display facilities at zoological park are eligible to receive assistance provided they portray a natural environmental setting serving the animal’s physical, social, psychological and environmental needs, and are compatible with the activities of the recreationists.

Eligible Support Facilities:

A. Support Facilities
Support facilities needed by the public for outdoor recreation use of an area, such as roads, parking areas, utilities, sanitation systems, restroom buildings, simple cabins or trail hostels, warming huts, shelters, visitor information centers, kiosks, interpretive centers, bathhouses, permanent spectator seating, walkways, pavilions, snack bar stands, and equipment rental spaces. Support facilities may be sheltered from the elements by providing a simple roof or cover.

B. Operation and Maintenance Facilities
Facilities that support the operation and maintenance of the recreation resource on which they are located are eligible such as maintenance buildings, storage areas, administrative offices, dams, erosion control works, fences, sprinkler systems and directional signs. Regional and area wide maintenance facilities are eligible provided the project sponsor agrees to include those park and recreation areas served by the maintenance facility in the scope of the project agreement and under the conversion provisions.

C. Beautification
The beautification of an outdoor recreation area is eligible provided it is not part of a regular maintenance program and the site’s condition is not due to inadequate maintenance. This includes: landscaping to provide a more attractive environment; the clearing or restoration of areas that have been damaged by natural disasters; the screening, removal, relocation or burial of overhead power lines; and the dredging and restoration of publicly owned recreation lakes or boat basins and measures necessary to mitigate negative environmental impacts.

D. Indoor Facilities
Assistance will not be provided for support facilities or portions thereof that contribute primarily to public indoor activities such as meeting rooms, auditoriums, libraries, study areas, restaurants, lodges, motels, luxury cabins, furnishings, food preparation equipment, kitchens, and equipment sales areas. Bathhouses, public restrooms, maintenance sheds, etc., are potentially eligible for LWCF assistance since their basic function is to provide support for outdoor recreation facilities.

E. Pro Rata Basis
Support facilities that exclusively serve ineligible facilities are not eligible. If support facilities will service both eligible and ineligible facilities, as may be the case with roads and sewers, assistance may be provided on a pro rata basis for that portion of the support facility that will service the eligible facilities, provided that the eligible facilities are subject to the LWCF Act 6(f)(3) conversion provisions.

F. Roads

Roads constructed outside the boundaries of the recreation area are not eligible unless:
-They are, in fact access roads to a designated park and recreation area and not part of a state, county, or local road system extending beyond or through the boundaries of the
-The access corridor is owned or adequately controlled by the agency sponsoring or administering the park or recreation area and included within the projects 6(f)(3) boundary.
-The principal objective is to serve the park and visitors. Any use or service to private parties must clearly be incidental to the primary use of the access road for recreation purposes in which case assistance may be granted on a pro rata basis. Roads designed to serve undesignated recreation areas or federal areas are not eligible.

G. Equipment
Equipment required to make a recreation facility initially operational, and certain supplies and materials specifically required under State Health Department regulations may be eligible.

H. Must Serve Viable Recreation Area
Development projects in new or previously undeveloped areas may not consist solely of support facilities, unless they are required for proper and safe use of an existing viable outdoor recreation area that does not require additional outdoor recreation facilities (such as construction of restroom at a public nature study area), or unless necessary outdoor recreation facilities are being developed concurrently, with the LWCF assisted support facilities, or unless necessary outdoor recreation facilities will be developed within a reasonable period of time. In the latter two cases, the project agreement must include a provision that the non-LWCF assisted outdoor recreation facilities are to be completed within a certain time frame agreeable to the NPS, and it they are not, the LWCF monies will be refunded.

I. Energy Conservation Elements
The energy conservation elements of an eligible outdoor recreation facility and its support facilities are eligible. This includes but is not limited to solar energy system, earth berms, window shading devices, energy lock doors, sodium vapor lights, insulation and other energy efficient design methods and materials. Power systems that minimize or eliminate a facility’s use of petroleum and natural gas are eligible including, but not limited to, windmills, on-site water power systems, bioconversion systems, and facilities required for the conversion of existing power to coal, wood, or other energy efficient fuels.

Facility Location Requirements:

Development projects may be located on lands and waters owned by the project sponsor that ensures perpetual public use. In certain situations, the following conditions also apply:

A. Public School Grounds
Public outdoor recreation areas and facilities for coordinated use by the general public and by public schools, including colleges and universities, are eligible, provided that such facilities are not part of the normal and usual program and responsibility of the educational institution. Stadiums, stadium-like seating, and portable bleachers are not eligible for LWCF assistance. Facilities needed to solely meet the physical education and athletic program requirements of a school may not receive LWCF assistance. This policy does not preclude exclusive school use of certain facilities such as athletic fields, tennis courts, and swimming pool, at certain times for instruction or competition provided the public outdoor recreation use remains primary, and there is adequate public access at other times.

B. Tourist Areas
Public outdoor recreation and support facilities may be located in primary or potential tourist market areas, provided their primary purpose is for public outdoor recreation as opposed to entertainment or economic development, and provided they do not create unfair competition with the private sector.

C. Historic Sites
Outdoor recreation and support facilities may be located on historic sites or in conjunction with historic structures. This includes picnic areas, walkways and trails on a historic property as well as visitor centers oriented to the outdoor facilities and environment. The restoration or preservation of historic structures is not eligible. In all cases, the project must be in accord with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

D. Utility Sites
Assuming project sponsor possess adequate control and tenure of land and specific agreement from the utility company, outdoor recreation and support facilities may be located on utility company lands such as right-of-way, reservoir lands, etc., unless the recreation management plan of the utility’s license application filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indicates the facilities are to be provided at the sole expense of the licensee.

E. Agricultural Land
Outdoor recreation and support facilities, such as demonstration farms and wildlife management and hunting areas, may be planned by the project sponsor in conjunction with agricultural activities, provided that the type and extent of the agricultural activity is limited to that necessary to support the outdoor recreation activity.

Guidelines for Sheltered Facilities:

For LWCF assisted swimming pools and ice skating rinks located in areas which meet the cold 11
climate criteria, shelters of permanent construction may partially or completely enclose these facilities to protect them against cold weather conditions and thereby significantly increase the recreation opportunities provided.

OPRD may use up to 10 percent of its annual apportionment for eligible sheltered facilities.

State or local project sponsors may use their own funds to shelter existing or proposed fund assisted swimming pools or ice skating rinks.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167623

Estimated Size of Grant:

Preference may be given to projects with a minimum grant request of $50,000 ($100,000 total project costs). The minimum grant request shall be no less than $12,500 ($25,000 total project costs). Grant requests for less than $50,000 should be for projects within an existing 6(f)(3) boundary or expanding an existing 6(f)(3) boundary.

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:
-Cities and towns
-Park and Recreation Districts
-Port Districts
-Native American Tribes
-Metropolitan Service District (METRO)

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.

Non-Allowable Expenditures
-Ceremonial or entertainment expenses
-Expenses for publicity
-Bonus payments of any kind
-Charges for contingency reserves
-Charges in excess of the lowest responsive bid, when competitive bidding is required
-Charges for deficits or overdrafts
-Taxes for which the organization involved would not have been liable to pay
-Interest expenses, expenses, except those awarded by the court as part of just compensation or
acquisition in eminent domain situations
-Damage judgments whether determined by judicial decision, arbitration or otherwise
-Incidentalcostsrelatingtoacquisitionofrealpropertyandofinterestsinrealproperty,unless allowable under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act, P.L. 91-646
-Operation and maintenance costs of outdoor recreation areas and facilities
-The value of, or expenditures for, lands acquired from the United States at less than fair market
-Cost of discounts not taken
-Equipment to be used for the maintenance of outdoor recreation areas and facilities, including automotive equipment, tractors, mowers, other machinery, and tools
-Employee facilities, including residences, appliances, office equipment, furniture, and utensils
-Donations or contributions made by the project sponsor, such as to a charitable organization
-Salaries and expenses of the Office of the Governor, or the chief executive of a political subdivision, or of the State legislature, or other similar local governmental bodies.
-Fines and penalties
-Any excess of cost over the federal contribution under one grant agreement is unallowable under other grant agreements
-Any losses arising from uncollectible accounts and other claims, and related costs
-Legal fees
-Legal and professional fees paid in connection with raising funds
-Payments for lobbying in connection with the awarding, extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of an individual LWCF grant or the program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops are offered for applicants to learn more about the grant program and application process. E-mail Michele Scalise, Grant Program Coordinator for more information or to register for a workshop.

​-January 9, 2018: ​Live Technical Assistance Workshop in Salem 10:00 AM - Noon. Registration (via email) Required.

​-January 10, 2018: ​Technical Assistance Workshop Webinar 10:00 AM - Noon. Registration Required.

Watch the Jan. 28, 2016 Webinar at:

Pre-Application Information:

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.

-​January 2, 2018: 2018 grant cycle o​​pens. 2018 manual and online application available
​-January 9, 2018: ​Live Technical Assistance Workshop
​-January 10, 2018: Technical Assistance Workshop Webinar
​-March 2, 2018: Grant Application Due
​-April 12, 2018: Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee meets to evaluate and rank applications
​-April 2018: OPRD Commission hears the Advisory Committee's recommendation as at the Commission meeting.
​-September 2018-January 2019: Agreements and Notice to Proceed Issued


Application and Forms:


Contact Information:

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

Register for the January 10 webinar at:

Apply Online:

Michele Scalise , LWCF Grants Program Coordinator
P: 503-986-0708
F: 503-986-0794

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants Program
725 Summer St. NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301

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