Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) - Frequently Asked Questions
How was the LWCF Program created?
The LWCF Act was signed into law in September 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The legislation initially utilized monies generated through off shore oil exploration as a reinvestment into the national recreation infrastructure. Monies from off shore oil exploration continue to make up a percentage of the Federal funds used for the program along with monies allocated in the Federal budget. The program is administered at the National level by the US Department of Interior, in consultation with the National Park Service, regional administration located in Atlanta. The Louisiana Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation, is tasked with administration of the program for the state of Louisiana.
What is the available funding?
Monies for the LWCF are allocated through the Federal budget and then apportioned to individual states and U.S. territories through the National Park Service. LWCF and RTP is a matching fund reimbursement program. Accordingly, grant recipients must pay 100% of the cost of an item before submitting requests for reimbursement. LWCF provides for a 50/50 match less a small administrative fee.
These programs encourage donation of private funds, materials, right-of-way, and services at fair market value to be counted toward the match. However, donations of existing State or local government right-of-way cannot be credited toward the local match.
If awarded how will I get the money?
Reimbursements will be made only for those scope items that were listed on the Project Agreement and subsequent approved amendments. Normally, requests for reimbursements are processed and funds dispersed within 3 to 5 weeks.
What are the requirements for planning?
Good planning to determine the need and the approach to meet the need is essential for development of a quality recreational facility. LWCF applications are evaluated through the Open Project Selection Process (OPSP) with credit given to those applications indicating quality planning in development of the application. Projects should further a recreational goal identified by the most recent Louisiana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) or in a local/regional comprehensive plan.
What type of projects are permitted in the LWCF?
Grant recipients obtaining assistance through the LWCF may engage in projects such as:
What types of projects are not permitted for assistance through LWCF?
A grant recipient may not use monies received under this Program for:
What are the recommended LWCF project guidelines?
Projects selected for funding should: