Local Grants Available in 2024
The LWCF provides matching grants to local governments to assist with public park and recreation projects. The following links provide the basic information about this year's grant cycle and how to apply:
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides up to dollar-for-dollar matching grants to local governments for the acquisition, development, or a combination of both. Local governments may also apply for funding to renovate existing LWCF parks. A local government can request a maximum of $500,000 with each application.
North Carolina counties and incorporated municipalities are eligible for LWCF grants. Federally recognized Native American tribes are also eligible.
LWCF grants can be used to acquire land for a public park; to develop outdoor recreation and support facilities; or a combination of both. A project must be located on a single site.
An applicant must match the grant with a minimum of 50 percent. Due to a federal share cap of $500,000, a greater match is required for projects that exceed total costs of $1 million. Projects should not include local government overmatch.
Site Control for a Proposed LWCF Project Site
An applicant must own the park property.
Property acquired or developed with LWCF assistance must be used for public outdoor recreation use in perpetuity.
2024 Funding Cycle
|November 3, 2023||Cycle 2 applications due to DPR||Applicants must submit their completed applications through their assigned SharePoint portal by 5 p.m. Late or incomplete submissions may be delayed until a subsequent funding round.|
|November 5, 2023 to January 5, 2024||Cycle 2 feedback and revision||DPR will provide feedback and revisions for applications. Local governments should work closely with their RRS regional consultant to complete the revisions.|
|January 5, 2024||Cycle 3 applications due to DPR||Applicants must submit their completed applications through their assigned SharePoint portal or Web Grants by 5 p.m. Late or incomplete submissions may be delayed until a subsequent funding round.|
|January 8, 2024||Cycle 2 projects submitted to NPS||DPR will transmit completed Cycle 2 applications to the National Park Service.|
|January 8, 2024 to April 5, 2024||Cycle 3 feedback and revision||DPR will provide feedback and revisions for applications. Local governments should work closely with their RRS regional consultant to complete the revisions.|
|April 8, 2024||Cycle 3 projects submitted to NPS||DPR will transmit completed Cycle 3 applications to the NPS.|
This schedule is based on the projected NPS schedule. The deadline to DPR may be adjusted a new information from NPS is released.
Would you like help with your LWCF application?
Complete the application early — 4 weeks before the application deadline — and give it to your regional consultant for a preliminary technical review.
The Recreation Resources Service is a technical assistance program jointly administered by the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation and North Carolina State University's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. For questions about local government grants or assistance with your application, please contact the RRS regional consultant for your area.
Maximum Grant Amount
Applicants can request a maximum grant of $500,000 with each application.
An applicant must match the grant with a minimum of 50 percent. Due to a federal share cap of $500,000, a greater match is required for projects that exceed total costs of $1 million. LWCF projects should not include local government overmatch.
Costs to Develop Outdoor Recreational Elements
You will be submitting specific cost estimates as part of the LWCF grant application. Get estimates from contractors, architects, or planners who develop parks and recreational facilities. Consider the impact of inflation by assuming that the project may be completed over a 3-year period after the grantee signs a contract with the state. See the LWCF manual for more information.
Costs to Acquire Land
An application will use the appraised value of the land that it proposes to acquire but based on the fair market value established by Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (PDF link through U.S. Department of Justice website), or UASFLA, also known as Yellow Book appraisals.
Application will be evaluated using the scoring criteria presented in the LWCF application. The scoring criteria favor a project's consistency with the goals and initiatives outlined in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The evaluation will consider:
- the provision of renovated outdoor recreation facilities
- local planning efforts
- public participation
- underserved local governments
- site considerations
- clientele served
- accessibility of proposed project
- the ability of the sponsor to operate and maintain the project, and
- previous grant administration compliance
The total score awarded, per the Local Open Project Selection Process, to each local government application will determine the project rankings. Applications that rank the highest according to the scoring criteria and can be funded with available LWCF revenue will be recommended for funding. All projects that are not able to be fully funded may reapply during a future funding cycle for local governments.
Applications are submitted through electronic folder in Microsoft SharePoint. Applicants should contact Cande Killian Wood at email@example.com to request access to the SharePoint folder. Applicants are encouraged to request access early in the process to allow for technical support as needed. Training opportunities on using SharePoint will be provided.
DPR is currently migrating LWCF from SharePoint to Web Grants. Early communication with DPR and your RRS Regional Consultant is critical during this transition.
The map colors represent the eight regions of the state: West (dark olive), Northwest (light red), Southwest (orange), Piedmont Triad (deep purple), Sandhills (green), North Central (light yellow), Northeast (light blue), and Southeast (light violet).
|Recreation Grants and Outreach Staff|
|Cande Killian Wood
|Mailing Address||1615 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1615
|Physical Address||Division of Parks and Recreation
Nature Research Center, 2nd floor
121 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27603