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Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants (LWCF)

Grants to Kansas Agencies, Tribes, Schools, and
IHEs to Develop Outdoor Recreation Areas

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT)

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04/15/19 Postmarked


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Grants to Kansas municipal, county, and state government agencies, tribes, public schools, and public universities for the development of outdoor recreational areas for public use. Funding is intended to support site acquisition, site development, or a combination of both.

Eligible projects will meet needs identified in the 2015 Kansas Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). For the Plan, see

Types of Projects:

1. Acquisition – There must be pubic access. An acquisition project would include the purchase of a specified parcel of land for outdoor recreation purposes. Once acquired, this land must remain in public outdoor recreation use forever. A project may involve the acquisition of land to create a new park or expand an existing park. Types of acquisition include, but are not limited to water-oriented recreations sites (rivers, streams, water bodies, etc.), natural and scenic areas, parks, and structures for outdoor recreation property.
2. Development – Must provide or support public outdoor recreation - A development project may consist of new construction or the renovation of a facility or group of related facilities designed to provide facilities for public outdoor recreation on lands or waters owned by or leased to the sponsor. A project may include the complete or partial development of one area such as a neighborhood park, or it may include a series of identical developments on several separate areas such as development of picnic facilities in several parks. Development projects may include, but are not limited to, boating and camping facilities, exhibit facilities, fishing and hunting trails, accessibility improvements, picnic facilities, sports playfields, and winter sport facilities.
3. Combination - (acquisition and development)

For details on eligible types of Acquisition projects, see the Application document, page 40.

For details on eligible types of Development projects, see the Application document, page 43.

State Parks and Stateside planning projects may also be funded.

Priority may be given to projects that include:

- Public participation in the formulation of the project proposal;
- Projects serving the needs of special populations;
- Projects involving protection of greenways, open-space, natural areas, riparian areas, wetlands and river corridors;
- Projects removing barriers from existing recreation areas and facilities;
- Projects that address one or more of the following: Trails, water access, environmental learning facilities or flexible multiuse/multi-purpose facilities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180112

Estimated Size of Grant:

Local applicants may submit one application per year for LWCF assistance up to a maximum of 10% of the total
state allocation.

Term of Contract:

Every application must contain a five-year maintenance plan that includes anticipated needs and costs as well as available resources for operation and maintaining the project area.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Incorporated cities, counties, state agencies, Indian Tribes, public schools and public universities are eligible to apply.

For development applications, the project sponsor must show ownership of the project site to be eligible for funding assistance. All project sponsors must be able to commit their resources to the perpetual stewardship of the LWCF assisted public outdoor recreation area. The Land and Water Consecration Fund Act requires the sponsor to operate and maintain the properties or facilities acquired, developed and/or renovated with LWCF assistance for public outdoor recreation use in perpetuity.

Project Requirements and Limitations:

- All proposed projects must meet priority outdoor recreation needs as identified in the current Stateside Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP - see Plan in Description above).
- Projects must provide a site or facilities for public outdoor recreation.
- Renovation projects will be accepted only for facilities that are worn out due to use or age, can no longer meet health or safety standards, or are obsolete because of the changing needs of the community. Repairs associated with routine maintenance, or renovation caused by vandalism or poor maintenance, are not eligible for funding.
- All facilities within the 6(f) boundary (either existing or proposed) must conform to current ADA accessibility standards.
- All utility lines (either existing or proposed) must be buried or relocated.
- Indoor facilities are generally not eligible for LWCF funding.

For ineligible types of Acquisition projects, see the Application document, page 41.

For ineligible types of Development projects, see the Application document, page 44.

Pre-Application Information:

To apply for this fiscal year’s funding, two (2) copies of the application should be sent by mail to Kati Westerhaus with a postmark date of April 15th, 2019.

Project sponsors participating in the LWCF program are required to provide matching funds.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a reimbursable grant, meaning the project sponsor must pay all project costs as they are incurred. Sponsors then may request reimbursement for 50% of eligible expenses up to the amount approved for the project.

Local applicants may submit one application per year.

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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.

Submit the application to:

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism
Kati Westerhaus, LWCF Grant Coordinator
512 SE 25th Ave.
Pratt, KS 67124

For information, contact:

Kati Westerhaus

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USA: Kansas