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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant

Grants to Arizona State and Local Agencies to
Acquire and Develop Recreational Facilities

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Arizona State Parks and Trails (ASPT)

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02/01/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Arizona state, municipal, and Tribal government agencies to acquire, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities that will be available for public use. Applicants must contact program staff and request a pre-inspection visit before applying.

Funding for the LWCF program can be used for:

- Park Development and/or Renovation (e.g., playground equipment, lighting, picnic facilities, ballfields, ramadas, sports facilities, restrooms and other facilities deemed appropriate or eligible by federal and state guidelines)
- Land Acquisition to serve future outdoor recreation and/or open space, or protect wetlands.

Only projects consistent with the priorities established in the newly approved (2018-2022) State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) may be considered. The proposed facility should provide recreational uses more appropriately provided by a public agency than those that could be supplied by private enterprise.

SCORP’s Key Objectives:

- Establish outdoor recreation priorities for Arizona.
- Set evaluation criteria to allocate the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants.
- Protect, conserve, and manage Arizona’s public lands, recreation spaces, and unique places for current and future generations.
- Encourage a highly integrated and connected outdoor recreation system throughout Arizona.
- Ensure Arizona’s diverse and growing population has access to outdoor recreation spaces and
opportunities to enjoy a range of recreation activities.
- Communicate linkages between outdoor recreation, individual wellness benefits, community health, and a thriving economy.
- Elevate public participation and engagement in outdoor recreation planning initiatives and issues.

Allowable costs:

Acquisition Projects:
- Land acquisition to serve future outdoor recreation and/or open space, or protect wetlands.
- Only the purchase price and any cost incurred under the Federal Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1970 is allowable.
- Reimbursement shall be based on the fair market value of the property as determined by an approved appraisal or the actual purchase price, whichever is less.

Development/Renovation Projects:
- Most of the direct costs of renovation/construction of a facility are allowable.
- Park development (e.g., playground equipment, lighting, picnic facilities, ballfields, ramadas, sports facilities, restrooms and other facilities deemed appropriate or eligible by federal and state guidelines).
- Projects related to statewide outdoor recreation planning are also eligible activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184037

Estimated Size of Grant:

LWCF grants can provide up to $200,000 of the allowable costs for eligible acquisition and/or development projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants may be awarded to any of the following:

- Municipal agencies (cities, towns, counties, or school districts)
- State agencies
- Other governmental agencies (Native American Tribal Governments)

Non-profit organizations and special purpose agencies such as Water Districts are NOT eligible.

Outdoor recreation areas and facilities for coordinated use by the general public and by public schools may be eligible for LWCF assistance (need must be established predominantly by non-educationally related public use). Facilities for exclusive school use are NOT eligible. A schedule for public use must be posted on the site.

Ineligible costs:

- Administrative costs.
- Certain types of buildings.
- Purchase of operational or maintenance equipment, and operating/maintenance costs.
- Incidental costs such as legal fees, surveys, appraisals, etc.
- While funding an outdoor facility for a school IS an eligible cost, facilities for exclusive school use are
NOT eligible.
- For acquisition projects, appraisal costs are not reimbursable.

Pre-Application Information:

Qualified sponsors that are interested in submitting a proposal must contact Mickey Rogers, Chief of Grants and Trails.

Timeline/Due Dates - Please refer to the Timeline Document on the Parks Grants Page.

- Pre-Inspection Deadline: All projects must request a pre-inspection site visit prior to November 30th, 2018.
- Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by February 1st, 2019
- Applicants will be invited to attend Committee/Board review meetings April 20, 2019. Please check Grants page for updates to confirm Committee/Board Meeting.
- Estimated Date of Project Approval: April 20, 2019

LWCF grants are awarded on a 50/50 match where the participant provides at least 50% of the project cost and the grant provides the other 50%.

The LWCF grant is a reimbursement grant, meaning the sponsor must be able to pay for the project costs in full as they are incurred. Applicants typically submit reimbursements every month or every few months for costs. Grantees are usually reimbursed for costs within 3-4 weeks.

Each successful LWCF grant recipient is required to pay a surcharge of 10% of the grant award to State Parks (example-an applicant awarded a grant for $30,000 will pay, prior to start of project, ASPT $3,000.

Contact Information:

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

Mickey Rogers, Chief of Grants and Trails
Phone: 602-542-6942


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