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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)

Deadline Date:

12/04/17 1:00 PM CT


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Grants to North Dakota government agencies, school districts, water management districts, and tribes for the development of outdoor recreation facilities. Examples of eligible facilities include pools, ball 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).

Any converted property must be replaced by the local sponsor with property of equal or greater recreational value and usefulness. NDPRD should be notified prior to any change in use.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176842

Term of Contract:

The tentative project start date is September 2018.

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

Pre-Application Information:

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.

NOTE: 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.

The current LWCF application cycle for FY17 projects will open October 2, 2017. The application cycle will close at 1:00 PM Central Time, December 4, 2017.

Tentative Timeline for Review:

-Application cycle closes at 1:00 PM Central Time on December 4, 2017.

-Submitted projects are reviewed and ranked at the state level (4-6 weeks).

-Eligible projects ranked high enough for funding must receive clearance; Solicitation of View (SOV) process at the state level (4-6 weeks).

-All cleared projects are submitted to the National Park Service (NPS) regional office for review and the NPS works with the state to ensure compliancy and to confirm the list of projects to receive funding (4-6 weeks).

-The state enters eligible projects for funding into for final review by the NPS at the federal level; the state is then notified as to which projects will be awarded funding (6-8 weeks).

-Project sponsors are notified of approval and given a project start date. Tentative project start date is September 2018. Please note, any eligible project expenses for which a sponsor would like to request reimbursement, cannot occur prior to the project start date. Once the NPS approves the project for funding, the NDPRD will send a project agreement to the project sponsor for signature. The project agreement will include the project start date.


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Contact Information:

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

Kevin Stankiewicz

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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USA: North Dakota