NEW – The 2020 Evaluation Meetings are in process! View the meetings live on YouTube at the link below (Note: some meetings are live streams and others are recordings).
Changes Due to the Coronavirus
RCO understands that grant applicants may need more time to complete their applications in light of COVID-19. RCO has made the following changes to its LWCF grant application process:
- Grant application deadline extended from May 1 to June 1. In the next few weeks, RCO will adjust some of the other deadlines.
- All project evaluations will be Web-based. There will be no in-person meetings and the evaluation committee will work remotely as well.
- At its April 22 meeting, the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board will consider reducing match.
Application Question Mapping Tool
Use this map to answer the evaluation question about “Need.”
Application Workshop Webinar
- Renovating community parks
- Building skate parks, tennis courts, swimming pools, and trails
- Protecting wildlife habitat
- Building athletic fields
Who May Apply?
- Local agencies
- Special purpose districts, such as park and recreation districts
- Native American tribes
- State agencies
Funding is awarded every 2 years for the state program and the legacy program. Funding comes from federal government’s selling and leasing off-shore oil and gas resources.
- $25,000 to $500,000 State program
- $300,000 to $960,430 Legacy program
Administrative costs are not eligible. Architecture and engineering costs for development and renovation projects are limited to 20 percent of the total development project cost.
Match may include the following:
- Appropriations or cash
- Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment, and materials
- Federal, state, local, and private grants
- Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials
For local agencies, at least 10 percent of the total project cost must come from a non-state, non-federal contribution.
- Land acquisition
- Development or renovation
Acquisition of the following:
- Federal surplus property
- Game refuges or fish production facilities
- Historic sites and structures
- Lands acquired from the federal government at less than fair market value
- Land and facilities used primarily for semi-professional and professional arts and athletics
- Land for indoor facilities, except for covered swimming pools and ice rinks
- Land for agricultural purposes
- Land to help meet a public school’s minimum site size requirement
- Railroad hardware, trestles, stations, yards, etc.
- Luxury lodges, motels, cabins, and similar elaborate facilities that serve food and have sleeping quarters
- Museums and sites to be used for museums or primarily for archaeological excavations
- Scholastic and intercollegiate facilities
Incidental costs relating to acquisition of real property or interests such as permits and surveys.
All property acquired or developed with these grants must be kept forever exclusively for public outdoor recreation use.