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Grants to Missouri Agencies and School Districts to Create and Maintain Public Facilities for Outdoor Recreation

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grants


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Funding Source
Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Missouri

Important Dates
Conference Date: 08/31/23
Deadline: 11/15/23 - Postmarked Save

Grant Description
Grants to Missouri governmental agencies and public school districts to develop and acquire outdoor recreation areas that are accessible to the public. The purpose of the program is to create and sustain high-quality outdoor recreation facilities and areas in the state and to maintain and protect local recreation resources.

All LWCF-assisted projects must be maintained in a state of outdoor recreation and open to the public in perpetuity. No grant funding will be awarded to projects which, in whole or in part, will not be open to the public. Eligible LWCF projects include the following broad categories.

  • Acquisition of land for outdoor recreation. These include the acquisition of land and waters or partial rights to them. Proposed acquisitions of interests in lands and waters of less than fee simple title, including leasehold interests, are not eligible unless such lesser rights (e.g., permanent recreation use easements or similar devices) will ensure access to the public in perpetuity.
  • Development/construction of new outdoor recreational amenities and support facilities needed by the public for recreational use of an area.
  • A combination of both acquisition of land and development/construction of new outdoor facilities.
  • Rehabilitation, restoration, and/or repair of existing recreational amenities and support facilities. Rehabilitation means extensive repair needed to bring a facility up to standards suitable for public use, but does not mean routine maintenance.

For a list of eligible project types, see:

Information about priority ranking can be found at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
LWCF grants are available to political subdivisions of the state and other appropriate public agencies, such as counties, municipal governments, local park and recreation departments, and public school districts. All eligible project sponsors, including those that have other than public outdoor recreation purposes, must be able to commit their resources to the perpetual stewardship of the LWCF-assisted public outdoor recreation area pursuant to the LWCF Act.

Ineligible Costs include:
- Routine maintenance, which includes work that should be conducted on a frequent basis in order to keep a park or recreation area in its originally constructed state.
- Overhead costs that include regular operating expenses, such as equipment usage for routine maintenance, building rent and upkeep, utilities, insurance and fixed costs associated with a business, agency or group.
- Indirect costs, which typically represent the regular expenses of doing business. Only costs that are directly related to the project are eligible.
- Budget contingencies, add the contingency cost into each line item cost.
- Ceremonial or entertainment expenses or any other costs associated with opening or ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
- Publicity or promotional costs, such as brochures or other print materials, website development, etc.
- Appraisals, title searches or other incidental costs related to land acquisition, even if the acquisition is a project cost.
- Equipment purchase, such as hammers, ladders or lawn mowers. - Payments to one vendor in excess of $25,000, if the vendor was not selected through a formal bid process as per state and federal requirements.

For a list of ineligible project types, see:

Pre-Proposal Conference
The LWCF Application Webex’s are scheduled for Aug. 28-31. The General Information LWCF Application Webex is schedule for Monday, Aug. 28, at 9 a.m. The General Information Webex will give basic information about the LWCF grant and the current grant round. The other four Webex will focus on how to fill out the different sections of the 2024 LWCF grant application.

- Land & Water Conservation Fund Application Webex – General Information: Monday, Aug. 28, at 9 a.m.
- Land & Water Conservation Fund Application Webex – Scope of Work and Budget: Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m
- Land & Water Conservation Fund Application Webex – Real Property Acquisition & the Uniform Act: Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m.
- Land & Water Conservation Fund Application Webex – Project Development and LWCF Boundary Map: Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m.
- Land & Water Conservation Fund Application Webex – Environmental Review: Thursday, Aug. 31, at 2 p.m.

To register for each Webex, go to the Grants Workshop webpage and fill out a registration form for each Webex you want to attend:

Pre-Application Information
Application packets must be postmarked on or before Nov. 15, 2023.

Applicants must complete an electronic application by answering each question as fully as possible without exceeding the space allocated for the question. Hand-written applications will not be accepted. A draft application may be emailed by Oct. 11, 2023, for a courtesy review by Grants Management Staff. For the final application packet, mail two hard copies of the application plus all supporting documents listed in the application.

- August: The OPSP commences with a call for project proposals. The application and application guide are posted on the website. Notices are distributed in a variety of formats to local political subdivisions.
- September-October: Application webinars are offered to project applicants. Draft applications are given a courtesy review by GMS staff.
- November: Final applications are due. GMS staff reviews applications for eligibility, and submits eligible applications to the LWCF Internal Advisory Committee.
- December-March: The LWCF Internal Advisory Committee reviews, scores and ranks the applications. A draft list of recommended projects is submitted to the SLO for approval. GMS staff conducts risk assessments and pre-award site inspections to confirm field conditions and eligibility.
- April-June: The draft application packets are submitted to the NPS for review. Any edits required by the NPS are made. All applicants will be notified of the results of the application review process.
- June-December: The NPS posts a Notice of Funding Opportunity and authorizes GMS to submit approved applications through
- January 2025-September 2025: Once the NPS has obligated the funding, sponsors of approved projects will receive a notice of award and project agreement. Sponsors are then required to attend a mandatory grant administration workshop.

The LWCF is a 50-50 matching grant program, which means the project sponsor must share at least 50% of the project cost. The sponsor’s match can include in-kind contributions and donations. Additionally, LWCF grants are reimbursement grants, which means the grants provide reimbursements to project sponsors after expenses have been incurred.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum amount that can be requested and awarded per project is $500,000 and the minimum is $25,000.

Term of Contract
Development or renovations must begin within one year of signing the Financial Assistance Agreement. Sponsors have two years from date the Financial Assistance Agreement is signed to complete their LWCF project.

Contact Information
A draft application may be emailed to

Mail final application packets to:
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Division of State Parks
Grants Management Section
Attn: LWCF Planner
PO Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176

For questions about an application packet or the process, call (573) 751-8661 or send an email to the email address listed above.

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