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Open Project Selection Process

Public comment opportunity

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was established in 1964 and over the years has funded many local parks in North Carolina. Funding in recent years has been low and sporadic, but last year, the LWCF was permanently reauthorized. The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is anticipating having between $2 million and $4 million for local LWCF projects.

North Carolina's LWCF parks are aging: There are over 900 LWCF projects in the state. Over 800 of these projects were completed before 2000, including over 700 local government projects. Many of these projects need renovation.

DPR is proposing that the local governments be able to use LWCF funds either to renovate these much loved local LWCF parks across the state or to acquire new park land.


Proposed changes to the Open Project Selection Program

Using a targeted approach, LWCF assistance would be available for:

  1. Renovation or redevelopment of existing local LWCF park
  2. Land acquisition at existing and new local parks

Note: The proposed targeted criteria would only apply to the federal LWCF grant program. The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant program would not be affected. Eligible project could be submitted for either or both grant programs.

LWCF regulations mandate that the entire park and all facilities receiving grant funding must be maintained for public recreation forever.

Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant - Open Project Selection Process - Proposed Changes

Proposed changes to
LWCF Open Project Selection Process

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Public comment period

In the next 30 days between May 31, 2019 and July 1, 2019, DPR will be accepting public comment about this proposal.

To provide your input, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page.


Next steps

Once NPS approves this OPSP, North Carolina will then request applications from local governments and award grants from the anticipated $2 million to $4 million LWCF appropriation.



For questions about this proposal or to find out where the closest LWCF project is to your community, please contact:

Jill Fusco
Grants and Outreach Program
Division of Parks and Recreation



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