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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Grants to Nebraska Local Governments to
Develop Outdoor Recreational Facilities and Sites

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC)

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09/17/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Nebraska local governments and political subdivisions to acquire, develop, or renovate outdoor public recreation facilities. Applicants are required to hold a public meeting prior to submitting an application. Eligible projects include soccer fields, trails, ball fields, picnic facilities, shelter houses, playgrounds, tennis courts, multi-purpose courts, and modest related support facilities.

Acquisition of land for a new park for land that is adjacent to an existing park is eligible for Fund assistance. Land to be donated by a private individual or a corporation after federal project approval is also eligible for Fund assistance. Professional consultant services to prepare the application or provide cost estimates are eligible for Fund assistance.

The project sponsor will assure that all programs and facilities, where it is possible, are accessible to, and usable by, the disabled. The sponsor is also expected to keep facilities open for public use at reasonable times of the year.

Goals of the LWCF Program (state and local government matching grants) are to:

  • Meet state and locally identified public outdoor recreation resource needs to strengthen the health and vitality of the American People.
  • Increase the number of protected state and local outdoor recreation resources and to ensure their availability for public use in perpetuity.
  • Encourage sound planning and long-term partnerships to expand the quantity and to ensure the quality of needed state and local outdoor recreation resources.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175537

Estimated Size of Grant:

The LWCF grant award requests for an individual project is established between $40,000 and $400,000.

Term of Contract:

Project sponsors may not take title to land or begin development until after the project is approved by the National Park Service with an official start date of the grant awarded.

The NGPC requires project sponsors to begin work promptly following NPS approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants may include a city, village, county, natural resource district or other political subdivision.

Limitations and program provisions
- Fund assistance is restricted to public outdoor recreation facilities located on land owned or controlled by the project sponsor.
- Section 6(f)(3) of the Act requires that all Fund-assisted property be used and retained for public outdoor recreation uses in perpetuity. Project sponsor will be required to replace a Fund-assisted property that is converted to other than public park uses, either during or after project completion.
- All project elements must meet applicable building codes and potential sponsor should engage, if needed, professional assistance during the application stage to ensure codes are met and cost estimates are current. Professional assistance is also recommended in preparing both the application and the required supporting documents.
- New and future utility service lines for a facility must be placed underground, and proposed facilities may not be located under any existing powerlines.
- Except for consultant fees, eligible project costs must be incurred following federal project approval. Consultant feed incurred prior to federal approval may be reimbursed at a future time.
- All project sponsors must display a permanent recognition sign on the project site. The Commission will provide you with a sample sign.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2021.

The governing board of a political subdivision will be required to pass a resolution at a public meeting to participate in the LWCF program, complete an application form and supply all requested supplemental information as required by staff.

In fairness to other applicants that have met all requirements, incomplete or late applications will result in withdrawal of the project application pool for funding consideration. You are encouraged to call with any questions that should arise during preparation of your application.

Project sponsors are required to have their 50% share of the total project costs on hand since sponsors must initially pay for the facilities before requesting reimbursement from the federal government. It is highly recommended to have all funds on hand to expedite the project. The sponsor’s 50% share may derive from cash, private donations, taxes, bequests or from other political subdivisions.

The LWCF is a reimbursable grant, meaning the project sponsor must finance 100 percent of project costs as they are incurred. The sponsor may then request reimbursement for half of all eligible expenses up to the amount of the approved grant. To be eligible for reimbursement, all costs must be incurred and paid by the project sponsor during the project period as identified on the grant agreement.

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

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Direct questions to:
Schuyler Sampson
Recreation Planner/ASLO

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Planning and Programming Division
2200 N. 33rd Street
P.O. Box 30370
Lincoln, Nebraska 68503-0370

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