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Recreation Oriented Grants

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program

The National Park Service’s (NPS) State and Local Assistance Division has $15 million for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants for a nationally competitive program called the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLPP). State and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes are invited to submit proposals for matching grants. As Virginia’s lead state agency handling the LWCF, DCR is soliciting proposals for this program.

This ORLPP grant competition targets:

  • Urbanized areas.
  • Projects involving the acquisition, development or both of land for public outdoor recreation.
  • Underserved populations and communities with economically disadvantaged people, minorities, young people or a combination thereof.

Each grant request must be for between $250,000 and $750,000 each. DCR will nominate up to two projects. Visit this page for details.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund State and Local Assistance Program

This 1965 act established a federal reimbursement program for the acquisition and/or development of public outdoor recreation areas. Since the LWCF began, Virginia has received more than $76 million in Fall trail shot.assistance that has made more than 400 projects possible. The LWCF is a 50-50 percent matching reimbursement program. Learn more about the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program is a matching reimbursement program for building and reshabilitating trails and trail facilities. The Federal Highway Administration provides the program's funding. Learn more about Virginia Recreational Trails Program.

Virginia Land Conservation Foundation

The foundation was established to help fund permanent conservation easements and to purchase open spaces and parklands, lands of historic or cultural significance, farmlands and forests, and natural areas. State agencies, local governments, public bodies and registered (tax-exempt) nonprofit groups are eligible to receive matching grants from the foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to provide state funding used to conserve certain categories of special land. Those categories are open spaces and parks, natural areas, historic areas, and farmland and forest preservation. Learn more about the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation.

Additional funding opportunities are available at www.grants.gov.