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Recreation Grants: Land and Water Conservation Fund Project (L&WCF)

Grants to Wyoming Local Governments and Districts
to Develop and Maintain Outdoor Recreational Areas

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Wyoming State Parks - Historic Sites and Trails

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12/31/18 Postmarked


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Grants to Wyoming towns, counties, cities, school districts, and recreation districts to acquire or develop outdoor recreation facilities and lands for public use. Grantees must dedicate the project site for use by the general public for perpetuity. Additionally, grantees must also agree to operate, maintain, and develop the area to acceptable National Park Service (NPS) standards for public outdoor recreation.

All applications must meet a State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) identified need and will then be numerically ranked by the Open Project Selection Process (OPSP).

Expenses for planning and engineering that are necessary to prepare the project for submission can be included in the eligible costs. This is the only exception to the "no retroactive costs rule." If any other work is performed or title to the land accepted prior to federal approval, the expenses incurred are not eligible for reimbursement.

Following are examples of facility development that would be eligible for reimbursement. This listing is not meant to be all inclusive but merely suggestive of what has been funded in the past.

-Archery Ranges

-Ballfields - Baseball, softball, soccer, etc. could include lighting, fencing, dugouts, etc.

-Bleachers - Portable type bleachers of several hundred capacity will usually be eligible. Permanent grandstands will be considered on an individual basis.

-Boat Docks and Boat Landing Ramps - Only if no Dingle-Johnson funds are available. BUILDINGS - in support of public outdoor recreation are eligible; such as restrooms, storage buildings, service buildings, and small concession buildings.

-Campgrounds - can include facilities for either overnight camping or group camping such as a youth camp with primitive type cabins.


-Fishing Ponds - Subject to availability of Dingle-Johnson funds.

-Golf Courses - can include sprinkler system, pro-shop, etc., but CANNOT include large meeting rooms, bars, dining rooms, etc.

-Ice Skating Ponds


-Multi-Purpose Courts - for basketball, volleyball, etc.

-Parking Facilities - in support of outdoor recreation.

-Pathways and Trails - such as bridle paths, bicycle, pedestrian.

-Picnic Facilities - can include tables, grills, benches, trash receptacle, and picnic shelters.

-Playground Equipment - such as slides, merry-go-rounds, etc., but not equipment such as bats, balls, etc.

-Roads - within the park are eligible; city streets around the park are not eligible. Access roads from a public thoroughfare to the park area may be eligible if they do not serve any other purpose.

-Shooting Ranges - for rifles, pistols, skeet, etc.

-Sidewalks - within the park are eligible but perimeter sidewalks normally are not.

-Signs - such as information, directional or acknowledgment.

-Site Improvements - such as grading, land leveling, retaining walls, draining structures, etc.

-Ski Areas - including ski lifts.

-Snowmobile Facilities - such as trails and race tracks.

-Swimming Beaches and Pools - can include bathhouse.

-Tennis Courts - which can also be lighted.

-Utility Systems - which must be underground. No overhead wiring systems are eligible for reimbursement. If there are any existing overhead utility lines, they are to be buried, relocated, or screened from view. Cost of burying, relocation, or screening would be an eligible project cost.

Allowable costs include, but are not limited to:

-Personal Services of those employees and supervisors directly engaged in the execution of a project. The cost of such compensation is allowable to the extend it (a) is reasonable for the services rendered and (b) is determined and supported by generally accepted payroll practices and (c) is supported by time and attendance or equivalent records.

-Fringe Benefits, such as vacations, holidays and sick leave, insurance, retirement plans, social security contributions, etc. which are regularly provided to employees by the project sponsor are legitimate personal services costs and are eligible for reimbursement. Fringe benefit costs to a project should be computed in proportion to the time spent on a project.

-Consultant Services that are necessary for a project are generally eligible costs. No consultant fee paid to any Federal, State or project sponsor's employee will be eligible for reimbursement unless specifically agreed to by the National Park Service.

-Equipment costs including (a) leasing or renting equipment used in the execution of a project are generally eligible for matching; (b)equipment that is owned by the project sponsor. These may be charged against the project on a use allowance or depreciation basis. This would include the cost of the equipment for operation and maintenance, e.g. gas, oil, tires, etc. Charges must be substantiated by records of payment and/or records of hours, days, etc., when equipment was used. (c) The cost of equipment required to make a facility initially operational as: pumps, sprinkler systems, ski lifts, etc. NOTE: Equipment to be used for operation and maintenance of the project site is not eligible, e.g. lawn mowers, tractors, tools.

-Supplies and Materials which may be purchased for a specific project or may be drawn from a central stock. The former should be charged to a project at their actual price, less discounts, rebates, etc. and the latter should be charged at cost under any recognized method of pricing consistently applied. Incoming transportation charges are a proper part of material costs.

-Construction which covers all necessary construction activities, from site preparation through completion. Construction may be carried out through a contract with a private firm or by the use of the project sponsor's own personnel and equipment.

-Information and Interpretation Costs directly related to a project. These may include informational and directional signs, display boards, dioramas, or other facilities which interpret or explain the project area. Publicity costs are not eligible.

Costs of Purchases of Real Property or of Interest in Real Property - Assistance is limited to the lesser of fair market value or actual amount paid. Any incidental costs of acquisition, such as appraisals, legal fees, etc., are not eligible for matching.

The cost of acquiring real property from other public agencies may be eligible for matching provided:
(a) the land was not originally acquired by the other agencies for recreation, or it has been so managed while in public ownership.
(b) no Federal assistance was involved in the original acquisition by the other agency.
(c) if the selling agency is Federal, fair market value is paid.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176423

Term of Contract:

All costs must be incurred after the project has received approval from the NPS.

All billing requests must be received within a two year period from the final approval date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act provides for grants only to states and through them to their political subdivisions. State agencies, counties, cities, towns, school districts and special assessment districts, such as a recreation district are eligible to sponsor projects under this program.

Private individuals and organizations are not eligible for assistance under this program, even if they are nonprofit or charitable organizations.

Projects sponsored by a school district or projects on or adjacent to school lands are eligible if they are to serve the general public recreation need. Facilities needed to meet the physical education and athletic program requirements of a school, or those that are a part of the normal and usual program and responsibility of educational institutions are not eligible for Land and Water Conservation Fund assistance.

Projects Not Eligible for Assistance:
A. All indoor facilities except ice skating rinks and swimming pools.
B. Restoration or preservation of historic structures. However, outdoor recreation facilities in conjunction with historic sites or structures may be eligible.
C. Areas and facilities to be used primarily for semi-professional or professional arts and athletics, such as outdoor theaters, rodeo arenas, and similar facilities.
D. Amusement facilities, convention facilities, livestock and produce exhibit facilities.
E. Employee residences.
F. Lodges, motels, luxury cabins, or similar elaborate facilities.
G. Support facilities, such as roads and sewer systems, to serve ineligible facilities.
H. Interpretive facilities which go beyond interpreting the project site.
I. School "athletic plant" facilities, such as stadiums and running tracks for interscholastic activities.
J. Outdoor recreation and outdoor recreation supported facilities that are to be used exclusively by the handicapped.
K. Facilities at a zoo for the purpose of housing, caging displaying, or caring for animals.
L. Roads that are outside the park or recreation area unless they are for access to the recreation area only and serve no other individual area or purpose.
M. There are no federal funds available under this program for operation and maintenance. Sponsors must agree to operate and maintain the area or facilities at their own expense. Under this program there are not funds available for recreational activities such as salaries for instructors, baseball uniforms, etc.
N. Development projects constructed on leased property, with the exception of lands leased from a federal agency.

The following are not eligible for Federal assistance:
1. Ceremonial or entertainment expenses.
2. Expenses for publicity.
3. Bonus payments of any kind.
4. Charges In excess of the lowest bid when competitive bidding is required.
5. Taxes which the project sponsor would not have been liable to pay.
6. Interest expenses.
7. Damage judgments whether determined by judicial decision, arbitration, or otherwise.
8. Incidental costs relating to acquisition of real property or interests therein.
9. Operation and maintenance costs of recreational areas and facilities.
10. Lands acquired from the Federal Government at less than fair market value.
11. Costs of discounts not taken.
12. Employee facilities, including residences, appliances, office equipment, furniture, etc.
13. Donations or contributions made by the project sponsor, such as to a charitable organization.
14. Salaries and expenses of the chief executive of the project sponsor (mayor, etc.) or the local government body (city, county, etc.).
15. Fines and penalties.
16. Legal, professional fees paid in connection with raising funds.
17. Items not listed in project scope.

Pre-Application Information:

The L&WCF is a matching grant program based upon a fifty percent (50%) reimbursement of the total cost of the project

Grant applications are to be postmarked no later than December 31st, 2018.

All applications will be prioritized and approved by the Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resource Commissioners and then mailed to the NPS for their review and approval. It is anticipated the NPS will provide final approval by October 1st of each year.

Revised LWCF Grants Manual:

Contact Information:

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

Tracy Williams, Grant Specialist

Division of State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
2301 Central Avenue, Barrett Building
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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