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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant

Grants to Louisiana Agencies and Political Subdivisions to
Develop Parks and Outdoor Recreation Facilities

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Louisiana Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation

LOI Date:

04/01/18

Deadline Date:

06/01/18

Description:

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Grants to Louisiana government agencies and political subdivisions for a broad range of projects to improve outdoor recreation opportunities. Preliminary applications are due April 1. Applicants must contact program staff to determine eligibility prior to applying. Eligible projects range from land acquisition to the development of park facilities, such as spray parks, ball fields, picnic pavilions, and restrooms.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant awards are available to the State of Louisiana and its political subdivisions to acquire land for park and recreation areas and /or to develop and/or renovate outdoor recreation facilities.

Projects reviewed, approved, and selected at the state level are submitted to the NPS for federal review and approval. Project proposals must be approved at both the Federal and state levels. Upon NPS approval of a project application, a state agreement is prepared by OSP and forwarded to the project sponsor for signature.

Recreation areas that receive Federal assistance through the LWCF must remain dedicated to public outdoor recreation use in perpetuity. Property within the project boundary may not be converted to any use other than outdoor recreation without prior approval from the OSP and the NPS. The local sponsor must replace any converted property with property of equal or greater recreational value and usefulness in accordance with Section 6(f) of the LWCF Act. Project sponsors are responsible for notifying OSP of any changes in usage to assure that a conversion is not required.

Grant recipients obtaining assistance through the LWCF may engage in projects such as:
-Acquisition of fee simple title to property from a willing seller;
-Construction of new outdoor recreation facilities, support elements and trails on Sponsor owned land (state, parish, or municipal lands), where a recreational need is shown;
-Renovation or reconstruction of existing outdoor recreation facilities;
-Structure design or engineering, site design or GPS mapping when included within professional design fees (not to exceed 10% of grant);
-Development and site work activities such as: subgrade preparation, base course, soil sterilization, earthwork, erosion control, re-vegetation, natural and hardened surfacing, culverts, low-water crossings, bank improvements, retaining walls, guard rails, and hand rails, pedestrian bridges, boardwalks;
-Providing access and use of facilities by persons with disabilities.

Projects selected for funding should:
-Further an outdoor recreation -related goal in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) or sponsor's regional master plan;
-Include a commitment for maintenance and long-term public access;
-Be sponsored by a qualifying political subdivision or state agency who is also the land owner;
-Be in a political subdivision with good standing regarding maintenance and compliance issues of previously assisted LWCF sites
-Include a commitment to starting and completing the project quickly and efficiently;
-Plan to submit construction plans and specifications prepared and certified by registered professionals: Engineer, Architect and/or Landscape Architect who insure that the plans and specifications meet all applicable federal, state and local codes, current engineering standards and meet all ADA standards; that health, safety, durability and economy received consideration consistent with the scope and objectives of the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169644

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project totals (including matching funds) less than $60,000 are not considered competitive. The maximum level of Federal assistance available for a single LWCF grant is $250,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Project sponsor eligibility is limited to political subdivisions or state agencies.

Political subdivisions include parishes, cities, towns, school districts or special assessment districts, such as recreation districts.

Nonprofit or charitable organizations must work through their local or state agencies, parishes, cities, towns, school districts or special assessment districts in order to qualify for assistance under this program.

Private individuals and organizations are not eligible for assistance.

Ineligible Sponsors:

Project sponsors with responsibility of a previously assisted LWCF site that has been found to have serious compliance issues with Federal regulations as detailed in Chapter 8 of the LWCF Manual are not eligible to apply for new assistance. Resolution of serious compliance issues must be addressed before additional assistance is made available.

Project sponsors with currently active LWCF grants within their jurisdiction are not eligible to apply. Projects under their sponsorship must have achieved completion of the scope of work as identified in the State Agreement and have submitted all closeout documentation no later than the preceding December 31st to allow the required 90-day period to achieve closeout through the National Park Service before the annual application deadline of April 1st. In other words, a sponsor with an active project must have completed all work and submitted closeout materials by December 31, 2017 in order to be eligible to apply by April 1, 2018.

A grant recipient may not use monies received under this Program for:
-Planning or environmental documentation.
-Condemnation of any kind of interest in property.
-Construction of indoor facilities other than those that qualify as support facilities
-Construction of facilities outside of the LWCF 6(f) boundaries
-Construction of facilities on leased property
-Storm water management or drainage and irrigation
-Mitigation Plans or mitigation credits

Pre-Application Information:

LWCF grants reimburse up to 50 percent of the project cost.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin their planning efforts a minimum of six months prior to the application cycle.

Contact the office with basic project information before you begin to determine eligibility.

Preliminary applications are due April 1.

Applications are given a preliminary review from April 1 - 15; sponsors of projects approved at the state level will be contacted prior to June 1.

Sponsors of applications that will proceed to next review will be notified April 15 and have until June 1 to provide final documents for primary state review.

The application deadline is April 1st of each even year (2016, 2018, etc.). Applications must be submitted on or before that date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Dates:
-April 1- April 15: Preliminary State Review & approval
-April 15-June 1: Sponsors approved during preliminary review will be contacted & receive 90 days to make corrections and submit remainder of application documents
-June 1 – July 15: State Review
-TBA: State submittal to National Park Service for Federal review

Application and Required Documents:
https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/grant-opportunities-for-outdoor-recreation/land-water-conservation/grant-application-required-documents/index

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Land & Water Conservation Fund opportunities for Louisiana:
https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/grant-opportunities-for-outdoor-recreation/land-water-conservation/LWCF-FAQ/index

Contact Information:

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

Email application materials to:
outdoorrec@crt.la.gov

For further information regarding the application process, contact:

Suzette Simms
225-342-8088

Cleve Hardman
225-342-8188

Division of Outdoor Recreation
Office of State Parks
P.O. Box 44426
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4426

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USA: Louisiana