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Land and Water Conservation Fund

General info

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 established a federal reimbursement program for the acquisition and/or development of public outdoor recreation areas. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is administered in Virginia by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) on behalf of the National Park Service. The program represents a federal, state and local partnership. A key feature of the program is that all LWCF assisted areas must be maintained and opened, in perpetuity, as public outdoor recreation areas. This requirement ensures their use for future generations.

Virginia has received more than $76 million in assistance since the LWCF began. It has made more than 400 projects possible.

The LWCF is a 50-50 percent matching reimbursement program. The grant recipient must be able to fund 100 percent of the project while seeking periodic reimbursements.

Entities eligible to compete for LWCF funding:

  • Counties, cities and towns
  • Park and recreation authorities
  • Tribal governments
  • State agencies

How to compete for LWCF

  • Read the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program Requirements and Conversion of Use Guidance.
  • Read the 2016 Land and Water Conservation Fund Application Manual, which has a detailed program description covering eligibility, match requirements, program rules and regulations.
  • Read the Frequently Asked questions in the 2016 LWCF Application Manual.
  • Read and complete the application. Answer all questions in the spaces provided. Do not exceed the required space allotment or attach pages unless specifically directed to do so.
  • The LWCF Application is due no later than 4 p.m. on May 26, 2016.
  • Deliver four complete copies of the application plus one complete electronic version on CD or flash drive to DCR-LWCF Program no later than 4 p.m. DCR is located at 600 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219.

Faxes and email submissions will not be accepted. Applications received after 4 p.m. on May 26, 2016, will not be accepted. Applicants are responsible for effecting delivery by the deadline above. Late submissions will be rejected without consideration.