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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant

Grants to Montana Public Agencies to Acquire and
Develop Facilities for Sports and Recreation

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Montana State Parks

Deadline Date:

03/30/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Montana cities, counties, towns, school districts, state government agencies, and tribal governments for the development of recreational resources. Examples of eligible projects include open space acquisitions, ball fields, public parks, swimming pools, golf courses, picnic facilities, skating rinks, playground equipment snowmobile facilities, and walking trails. Facilities directly supporting outdoor recreation areas, such as restrooms and maintenance sheds, also are eligible.

Eligible project types include acquisition, development, or a combination of both.

Access to the project site must be on publicly owned roads and must meet all applicable engineering and safety standards, and fire-safety parameters. The access must be legal, safe and non-controversial.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168464

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant per project is negotiable not to exceed $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Due to Administrative changes within the National Park Service, projects will most likely be eligible to begin summer/Fall of 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any political subdivision of the state, or sovereign Indian Nation, may sponsor a project. This includes incorporated cities or towns, counties, school districts, state agencies, and tribal governments. Only an eligible sponsor may submit a project application. The sponsor must own the project site, or have effective land control in the form of a long- term lease from the federal government.

A grant sponsor may have only one "active" LWCF grant project at any time. A sponsor may not submit a new grant application if its current LWCF project has not been completed, and inspected, before the new grant awards are announced.

Grant requests for planning, feasibility, design, or engineering studies are not eligible for LWCF assistance. However, an eligible project may include moderate costs for planning, not to exceed 10 percent of total project costs. Please contact the LWCF office for details.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant may provide up to 50 percent of a local project's total costs. A project sponsor must have total project costs committed at the time of application, as the sponsor must make full payment on all project expenses before being reimbursed for up to 50 percent of allowable costs.

Applications must be received in the Montana State Parks Headquarters office postmarked by 5:00 PM, Friday, March 30, 2018.

Getting approval for an LWCF grant application is a lengthy process. After the Montana LWCF Selection Committee reviews all eligible grant applications, provisional grantees are transmitted to the National Park Service for final review and approval. A sponsor should NOT begin work on any portion of the project until the NPS has given approval.

Contact Information:

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

Seth McArthur, Snowmobile Program Manager
(406) 444-3753

Montana State Parks Administration:

Tom Reilly, Assistant Parks Administrator
(406) 444-3752

Colleen Furthmyre, Administrative Secretary
(406) 444-3750

Submit applications to:

Seth McArthur Montana State Parks
1420 6th Avenue
P.O. Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620

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USA: Montana