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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Grants to North Dakota Agencies, Districts, and
Tribes to Develop Outdoor Recreation Facilities

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North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD)

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04/01/19 5:00 PM CT


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Grants starting at $15,000 to North Dakota government agencies, school districts, water management districts, park districts, and tribes for the development of outdoor recreation facilities. Examples of eligible facilities include pools, sports fields, playgrounds, and campgrounds. Funding may also be requested to acquire land for park development.

Recreation areas that receive federal assistance through the Land and Water Conservation Fund must remain dedicated to public outdoor recreation use in perpetuity. Property within the project boundary may not be converted to any use other than outdoor recreation without prior approval from the NDPRD and National Park Service. The entire project site identified in the project agreement is subject to public law 88-578 Section 6(F).

To be considered for the LWCF, a project must be a recreation priority in its region. Outdoor recreation priorities by region can be found in the North Dakota State-wide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Eligible projects are scored and ranked using the Open Project Selection Process (OPSP). Projects selected at the state level are submitted to the NPS for federal review and final approval.

Recreation facilities may include but are not limited to:
- Sports and play fields and other outdoor spaces used in competitive and individual sports. This includes fields for baseball, softball, soccer and football, tennis courts, playgrounds, golf courses, rodeo arenas, inline hockey rinks, skate parks, running tracks, and other similar facilities.
- Picnic facilities including tables, fireplaces, shelters, and associated amenities.
- Trails including development and marking of overlooks, turnouts and trails for nature walks, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, exercising, and motorized vehicles.
- Swimming facilities including swimming beaches, outdoor pools, wave-making pools, wading pools, spray pools, lifeguard towers, bathhouses and other similar facilities.
- Non-motorized boating facilities for canoeing or kayaking.
- Winter sports facilities such as cross-country ski trails, sledding, snowmobiling, and other winter sports. Outdoor ice skating and outdoor ice hockey rinks are also eligible.
- Campground development including camping facilities including tables, fireplaces, restrooms, and associated tent and RV facilities.
- Exhibit or interpretive panels that present information to aid observation or interpretation of natural resources located on the recreation site.
- Spectator facilities such as amphitheaters and modest seating areas related to community play fields and other eligible facilities.
- Accessible facilities including the adaptation of new or existing outdoor recreation facilities and support facilities for use by persons with disabilities. Such accessible facilities must be available to the general
public or be part of an outdoor recreation area that serves the general public.

Land Acquisition projects generally consist of land purchase and/or donation that are sometimes combined with development of facilities. Land acquired through purchase or donation must be appraised according to federal standards. An acquisition through donation from non-public sources may be used as a portion of the sponsor’s matching share for development purposes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176842

Estimated Size of Grant:

A minimum total project cost of $30,000 is required for consideration and project sponsors must have 50 percent of the total cost available at the time of application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities (only political subdivisions of the state of North Dakota with ownership of the project land) are eligible and may apply:
-Cities, counties, and townships
-Park boards and park districts
-School districts
-State agencies
-Water management districts
-Federally-recognized Indian tribes

Ineligible Expenses:
- Routine maintenance, which includes work and care for a site that should be conducted on a frequent basis in order to keep a park or recreation area in working order.
- 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 awarded LWCF grant project are eligible while the project is actively open.
- Budget contingencies included as budget line items.
- 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 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.
- Interest expenses.
- 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.

Pre-Application Information:

This application cycle is open from February 1, 2019 to April 1, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. Central Time. Applications should be submitted electronically.

Local sponsors must pay all project costs upfront and then request reimbursement. LWCF grants reimburse up to 50% of the total project cost. Project sponsors will not be reimbursed for costs that are incurred before an application is approved and a local grant agreement is signed.

A minimum total project cost of $30,000 is required for consideration and project sponsors must have 50% of the total cost available at the time of application. The local share may include tax sources, bond issues, force account, donated labor, equipment and materials.

For a list of eligible reimbursement requests see:

Contact Information:

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

Please submit one signed electronic copy of the application to

North Dakota Parks and Recreation
Department Recreation Division
Century Center
1600 E. Century Ave. Suite 3
PO Box 5594
Bismarck, ND 58506-5594

P: 701.328.5357
F: 701.328.5363
TTY: 800.366.6888

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Dakota