Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
Grants to Florida local government agencies to acquire and develop land for the purpose of public outdoor recreation. Development projects may involve outdoor recreation facilities, such as picnic areas, beaches, playgrounds, and courts. Funding may also be requested for the acquisition of property.
The program is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Office of Operations on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS). The Program is governed according to Florida Statutes, Administrative Code and the LWCF Grants Manual. In accordance with the LWCF Act, available program funds are contingent upon an annual appropriation to each state by Congress.
-Development: Outdoor recreation areas and facilities such as beaches, picnic areas, trails, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts and playgrounds along with associated support facilities such as lighting, parking, restrooms and landscaping. Enclosed buildings and structures (except restrooms, restroom/concession buildings and bathhouses) are ineligible.
-Acquisition: Land for outdoor recreation purposes.
LWCF assisted park land must be dedicated as a public outdoor recreation area in perpetuity. Grantees must commit to operate and maintain LWCF assisted public recreation facilities in reasonable repair for a minimum of 25 years after completion of construction to prevent undue deterioration.
Unless approved by DEP in advance, formal negotiations for acquisition of a LWCF assisted site may not begin until the grant is awarded by the National Park Service. Grantees have up to three years to develop the property after purchase.
GrantWatch ID#: 169815
The maximum grant request may not exceed $200,000.
Grantees may be allowed up to three years from the effective date of the agreement to complete development projects, and one year for acquisition projects.
Eligible participants include all county governments, municipalities in Florida and other legally constituted local governmental entities with the responsibility for providing outdoor recreational sites and facilities for the general public.
For development projects, the applicant must own the project site or lease it from a public agency by the closing date of the application submission period. Land owned or leased by the applicant must be dedicated in perpetuity as a public outdoor recreation area.
Restrictions: LWCF assisted sites must be dedicated in perpetuity and cannot be converted for any purpose other than outdoor recreational use. No exceptions (see the conversion clause of the LWCF for details).
The matching ratio is one applicant dollar to one federal dollar for all LWCF grant awards (50% / 50%).
To match a LWCF grant, you may use cash, in-kind services; or the value of donated real property owned by applicant (must be pre-approved by DEP).
The Applications must be postmarked no later than March 26, 2018.
LWCF is a reimbursement grant program.
Florida Administrative Code and Florida Administrative Resister
Facts About LWCF:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Linda Reeves, Land and Recreation Grants Program Section Manager
Main Contact Number: 850-245-2501
Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Operations
Land and Recreation Grants Section
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 585
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000