Land and Water Conservation Fund

Current Application Cycle: Open

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a 50/50 matching grant program administered at the state level by the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) and funded at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS). The LWCF provides grants for outdoor recreation projects such as ball fields, pools, campgrounds, playgrounds, and land acquisitions for park development.

The following entities (only political subdivisions of the state of North Dakota with ownership of the project land) are eligible and may apply:

  • Cities, counties, and townships
  • Park boards and park districts
  • School districts
  • State agencies
  • Water management districts
  • Federally-recognized Indian tribes

Long-Term Maintenance and Legal Requirements

Recreation areas that receive federal assistance through the Land and Water Conservation Fund must remain dedicated to public outdoor recreation use in perpetuity. Property within the project boundary may not be converted to any use other than outdoor recreation without prior approval from the NDPRD and National Park Service. The entire project site identified in the project agreement is subject to public law 88-578 Section 6(F).

Any converted property must be replaced by the local sponsor with the property of equal or greater recreational value and usefulness. NDPRD should be notified before any change in use.

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Application

The current LWCF application cycle for FY18 projects is open. The application cycle is open from February 1, 2019, to April 1, 2019, at 5:00 P.M. Central Time.

LWCF Project Selection

To be considered for the LWCF, a project must be a recreation priority in its region. Outdoor recreation priorities by region can be found in the North Dakota State-wide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

Eligible projects are scored and ranked using the Open Project Selection Process (OPSP). Projects selected at the state level are submitted to the NPS for federal review and final approval.

 

LWCF Sponsor Funding

Local sponsors must pay all project costs upfront and then request reimbursement. Partial reimbursement may be requested periodically. LWCF grants reimburse up to 50% of the total project cost. Project sponsors will not be reimbursed for costs that are incurred before an application is approved and a local grant agreement is signed.

NOTE: A minimum total project cost of $30,000 is required for consideration and project sponsors must have 50% of the total cost available at the time of application. The local share may include tax sources, bond issues, force account, donated labor, equipment, and materials.

Competitive Grant

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program Competitive Grant

The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program is targeting projects that would acquire and/or develop public land for outdoor recreation purposes located within or serving jurisdictions delineated by the Census Bureau from the 2010 Census as having populations of 50,000 or more people and consisting of densely settled territory. A list of areas was published in the Federal Register on March 27, 2012 (77Fed. Reg. 18652-18669) and can be found here.

LWCF Competitive Grants may be used for the acquisition or development (or a combination) of lands and facilities that will provide outdoor recreation opportunities to the public.

The following entities only political subdivisions of the state of North Dakota with ownership of the project land) with a population of 50,000 or more people and consisting of densely settled territory are eligible and may apply:

  • Cities, counties, and townships
  • Park boards and park districts
  • School districts
  • State agencies
  • Water management districts
  • Federally-recognized Indian tribes

Please note:

  • Minimum request: $250,000
  • Maximum request: $750,000
  • Grants require a minimum of 1:1 match from state, local, or private sources.
  • Prior to submitting a pre-application, sponsors must contact Kevin at kstankiewicz@nd.gov or 701-328-5364 to notify their intent to submit a pre-application.  Failure to do so will result in an automatic rejection of the application.

Pre-Applications

  • For a pre-application click here.
    • Step 1---Read through the entire application. Note the highlighted areas.
    • Step 2---Sponsors that intend to submit an application must notify Kevin at kstankiewicz@nd.gov or 701-328-5364.  Failure to do so will result in an automatic rejection of the application.
    • Step 3---Sponsor and state work together accordingly.  Sponsor submits a completed pre-application to kstankiewicz@nd.gov.  The deadline to submit a pre-application is 
      August 1, 2018 at 1:00pm Central Time
      .
Funded Projects

Funded North Dakota Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Projects (2013-2018):

2018

  • Bismarck Park District-Cottonwood Park Improvements

  • Hatton-Park District-City Park Rehab

  • City of Park River Park District-Green Acres Complex

  • Washburn School District 4-Playground Improvement Project

2017:

  • Bismarck Park District-New Generations Park Splash Pad and Building

  • Beulah Park District-Lions Park Renovation

  • NDPRD-Bodensteiner Acquisition

  • NDPRD-Fort Stevenson State Park Campground

  • Walsh County-Homme Dam Improvement

2016: 

  • Barnes County Park Board-Clausen Springs Park Improvements

  • Bismarck Park District-Neighborhood Park Medora Avenue 

  • Crosby Park District-Sand Volleyball Court

  • Devils Lake Park Board-Lakewood Beach Project

  • Hillsboro Park District-Olsen Softball Complex Upgrades

  • NDPRD-Fort Stevenson State Park Playground Equipment 

  • NDPRD-State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Planning (SCORP)

  • New Salem Park District-North Park Renovation

2015

  • NDPRD-Fort Ransom State Park Visitor Service Center

2014 

  • Bismarck Park District-Hillside Aquatic Complex Lions Park 

  • Carrington Park District-Carrington City Park Equipment Improvement

  • Devils Lake Park District-Ruger Park Pool Area

  • Linton Park Board-Seeman Park Campground

  • New Rockford Park District-Riverside Park Swimming Pool

2013 

  • Bismarck Park District-Municipal Ballpark/Winterpark Expansion

  • City of Beach-Golden Valley County Memorial Park Playground Replacement

  • Devils Lake Park Board-Roosevelt and Ruger Park New Playground Equipment

  • New Rockford Park Board-Archie & Jessie Campbell Memorial Park Upgrade

  • Washburn Park District-Painted Woods Golf Course Improvement and Expansion

Full List: Funded List 2007-2018