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logosm.pngThe Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program promotes broad-scope outdoor recreation, ranging from land acquisition to development of park facilities such as spray parks, ball fields, picnic pavilions and restrooms. The federally- funded program provides 50% matching funds assistance, through grants to state governments and local municipalities. 

The LWCF is administered at the Federal level by the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. At the state level, the LWCF is administered by the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation.

NOTICE: Materials have been updated to reflect the annual application cycle. Use the information and application documents HERE.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin their planning efforts a minimum of six months prior to the application cycle. This website has online tools to assist project sponsors; Division of Outdoor Recreation personnel are available to answer questions and assist with application documents, upon request. Contact our office with basic project information before you begin to determine eligibility.

LWCF APPLICATION  — DEADLINE: APRIL 1. Applications must be submitted on or before that date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications may not be submitted for multiple sites.

Questions about the application, submittal documents or your cloud server link can be emailed to outdoorrec@crt.la.gov. Contact Suzette Simms at 225-342-8088 or Cleve Hardman at 225-342-8188 for further information regarding the application process.

Applications are given a preliminary review from April 1 - 15; sponsors of projects approved at the state level will be contacted prior to June 1.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Land & Water Conservation Fund opportunities for Louisiana

 


Funding has been made available through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLPP). Congress created the ORLPP in 2014 to complement the agency's existing LWCF State and Local Assistance Program. The program, administered by the National Park Service, seeks to identify and highlight new ways of providing opportunities for expanding outdoor play in areas with great need, as well as promoting the development of new or enhanced partnerships for outdoor recreation in urban communities across the nation. The grants must be matched at a minimum 1:1 ratio, at least doubling the impact of the federal investment in these communities. Eligible sponsors are areas with a population of 50,000 or more people and consisting of densely settled territory.

ORLPP APPLICATION  — DEADLINE: AUGUST 15. Applications must be submitted to outdoorrec@crt.la.gov on or before that date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

More information on ORLPP can be found at Grants.gov.

 


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Division of Outdoor Recreation
Office of State Parks
P.O. Box 44426
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4426
outdoorrec@crt.la.gov
1-888-677-1400 toll free phone
342-8111 in the Baton Rouge area
www.nps.gov/lwcf

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