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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Grants to South Dakota Local Governments to
Develop Public Outdoor Recreational Facilities

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South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks - Division of Parks and Recreation

Deadline Date:

09/15/20 Postmarked


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Grants starting at $10,000 to South Dakota city, township, county, and tribal governments to provide outdoor recreational facilities for public use. Funding is intended to support the development of new facilities, the acquisition of parkland, and major improvements and renovations to existing facilities.

Examples of eligible projects may include but are not limited to, playgrounds, ball fields, sports and play fields, picnic facilities, support facilities including circulation roads, fencing, lighting, utility and sanitation systems, parking areas, restroom buildings, and landscaping for the project area, hiking/biking trails, camping facilities, outdoor water sports facilities including beaches and pools, ice rinks, golf courses, amphitheaters, winter sports facilities, fishing and boating facilities, interpretive and visitor information facilities.

Extensive renovation of existing facilities when the facility is no longer useable due to age but not due to lack of maintenance would be an eligible project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172921

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount is $10,000 and the maximum grant amount is limited by available funding.

Term of Contract:

Acquisition or actual construction cannot begin prior to NPS approval. Any project costs incurred before NPS approval will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Sites acquired with LWCF assistance must be developed within three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include city, county, township and tribal governments.

The land within the project boundaries must remain dedicated in perpetuity for outdoor recreation use.

Non-outdoor recreation related facilities may not be developed within the project boundaries without the written authorization of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

For Acquisition Projects, the project application must receive federal approval before the land can be acquired and title transferred. For further details and requirements relating to Acquisition Projects, see

Development Projects are subject to several state and federal laws which effect any development a city may do regardless of the method of financing. Specifically, the rules of the South Dakota Department of Legislative Audit must be followed. For further details and requirements relating to Development Projects, see

Property acquired or developed with LWCF assistance shall be operated and maintained in accordance with the requirements found on

Some specific items are not eligible for assistance, including:

- Ceremonial or entertainment expenses.
- Expenses for publicity.
- Charges for contingency reserve or other similar reserves.
- Charges in excess of the lowest responsive bid, when competitive bidding is required, unless it is agreed to in advance.
- Taxes which the organization is not liable to pay.
- Interest expenses.
- Incidental costs relating to acquisition of real property.
- Operation and maintenance costs.
- Costs of discounts not received.
- Equipment to be used for maintenance of facilities, including tractors, mowers, machinery and tools.
- Appraisal costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Postmarked on or before Sept. 15, 2020

The key to a successful application is to assure that the proposed project is well supported by the community and justified by the 2018 South Dakota State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) or a Local Recreation Needs Assessment. The SCORP indicates issues, actions and priorities for outdoor recreation activities on a statewide basis. A Local Recreation Needs Assessment indicates the support for specific local projects. Either the SCORP or a Local Recreation Needs Assessment can be used to justify a project.

To give citizens an opportunity to review and discuss the needs assessment and proposed projects, a public meeting should be held. This can be in conjunction with any regularly scheduled meeting of the governing body. A public notice announcing the hearing should be published in the area newspaper.

For any project application which includes any type of land acquisition, it is important that the project sponsor notify the Division of Parks and Recreation staff. This will ensure a good understanding of the process to be followed, the typeof appraisal to be done, the eligible costs and the timing for the acquisition. Sites acquired with LWCF assistance must be developed within three years.

In order that projects can be more simply evaluated and administered, a separate application is required for each project site or park area.

The program provides up to 50% reimbursement funds. The remaining share must be funded with local money.

Contact Information:

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

Mail the completed application to:

Randy Kittle
Grants Coordinator
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks
523 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-3182

For more information, contact Randy Kittle by phone at 605.773.3391 or via email at

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