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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant

Grants to Utah Government Agencies for
the Development of Public Recreational Sites

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Utah Division of Natural Resources (DNR) - Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation

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05/01/19 Postmarked or Delivered in Person


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Grants to Utah state and local government agencies, special districts, and Tribes for the creation and expansion of outdoor recreation areas and facilities for public use. Funding may be requested for land acquisitions, site developments, or a combination. Projects must serve the needs of the general public rather than special interest groups.

Assistance may be provided for acquisition (Acquisition Grant) of real property for public outdoor recreation use and/or development (Development Grant) of outdoor recreation facilities on property owned by the applicant. Projects that include acquisition and development (Combined Grant) are also within the scope of the LWCF grant program.

Acquisition Projects: Projects solely devoted to the acquisition of land for the development of public outdoor recreation. The owner must be reimbursed for certain costs of acquisition, such as title insurance and transfer fees.

Development Projects: Projects involving the development of outdoor recreation and related facilities that directly support the public recreation use of the area:
- Participants must own title to the land on which development will occur. If evidence of title is in the form of an easement or lease then the terms/duration of the lease must be in perpetuity (forever).
- Development plans should be based on the needs of the public. Facilities should be attractive and consistent with the setting. Depending on the nature and location of the project, improvements and structures should be designed as much as possible to be in harmony with the natural environment.
- Insurable improvements are restrooms, bathhouses, interpretive buildings and maintenance buildings.
- All new utility lines within the project site must be placed underground.
- Any easements or rights of ways located on or across the property to be encumbered may not curtail or restrict public outdoor recreation.

Combined Projects: Projects that involve not only an acquisition of land, but also the recreational development of that land. Tthe eligibility requirements for combined projects include all the criteria from Acquisition and Development Projects in order to be considered for funding.

Property acquired or developed with assistance from the LWCF shall be permanently dedicated for public outdoor recreation use. For operation and maintenance information, see page 8 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

Eligible projects must be in accordance with the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The applicant must agree to permanently dedicate approved projects sites for public outdoor recreation use and accept responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the facilities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180004

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Recipients:
- State agencies
- Counties
- Incorporated cities and towns
- Special improvement or service districts
- Federally recognized American Indian Tribes

Utah’s LWCF grant program does not fund acquisition projects for individual/single/stand-alone trail alignments or Rights-of-Ways. No retroactive acquisition costs are eligible for grant assistance, with the exception of option payments that may be used against the purchase price upon acquisition.

Acquisitions that are not eligible for assistance include the following:
a. Acquisition of an historical structure where the principal interest is in the structure itself and the structure does not otherwise contribute to outdoor recreation. Acquisition of property for primarily historic/cultural purposes wherein outdoor public recreation would be constrained or curtailed by the properties historic values/resources.
b. Acquisition of property as part of a larger project where public outdoor recreation use cannot be identified within the particular tract itself.
c. Property with a primary use other than public outdoor recreation.

For a list of projects that are not eligible for grant assistance, see pages 5-6 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications and supporting documents must be postmarked or delivered in person no later than May 1, 2019.

Grants require at least a 50% state or local match. Approved projects are funded on a cost reimbursement basis. The grant recipient must be able to fund 100 percent of the project while seeking periodic reimbursements for eligible expenses from the program.

LWCF applications are the first stage of a competitive process. All applications are reviewed and the projects are ranked through an evaluation process that has been cooperatively developed by the state and the National Park Service. The highest scoring projects are invited to begin the second phase of the selection process, which includes the final environmental screening process and nomination for approval to the Board of Utah State Parks and Recreation. If the applicant successfully completes the second phase, their project may become a potential selection for recommendation to the National Park Service for their approval.

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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.

Susan Zarekarizi, Program Coordinator

Utah State Parks and Recreation
Land and Water Grant Program
1594 W. North Temple, Suite 116
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

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