The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act
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 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.