Land and Water Conservation Fund


Land & Water Conservation Fund Timeline


The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a 50/50 matching grant reimbursement 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 are eligible to apply:

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

Legal Requirements

Lands that receive federal assistance through the Land and Water Conservation Fund must remain dedicated to public outdoor recreation use in perpetuity. Grantees are required to submit a property boundary map identifying the encumbered area. 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.

New Generations Park - Bismarck Parks & Recreation District


The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is soliciting applications for the FY22 Land and Water Conservation Fund program July 1-29, 2022.

Download the application here.

Application deadline is Friday, July 29, 2022 at 5 p.m. CST.

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.

Funded Projects

Funded North Dakota Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Projects by year awarded (2013-2019):


  • Bismarck Park District- Sertoma Shelter 4 Playground
  • Bismarck Park District- Elk Ridge Park
  • City of Lakota-Lakota Swimming Pool Renovation
  • Valley City Parks and Recreation- Valley City Tennis Courts
  • Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department- Two Rivers Activity Center Splash Deck
  • Kindred Public School District #2- Kindred Baseball Renovation Project
  • Hope Park District- Hope Community Pool PVC Liner Project
  • City of Kenmare- Kenmare Downtown Square Playground Addition


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • NDPRD-Fort Ransom State Park Visitor Service Center


  • 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


  • 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


Featured Completed LWCF Project


City of Lakota – Lakota Swimming Pool Renovations

The City of Lakota applied to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in 2019 for support to renovate their cherished community pool. This outdoor pool had last been renovated in 1986 with the assistance of the LWCF program. Since then, the supporting walls and floor needed repair due to the large cracks and crumbling foundation which resulted in water loss. “This pool is a resource for the City of Lakota and surrounding communities especially when it comes to swimming lessons. This pool became a priority of the park board and needed to be restored,” City Auditor, Amie Vasichek explained.

The Lakota Park Board held fundraisers like the Flock-the-Yard fundraiser to help raise matching funds for this project. We would take donations from community members and put pink lawn flamingos on their lawns,” said Nancy Solveng, Lakota Park Board member. Even though the City of Lakota had many challenges like unexpected repairs and the COVID-19 pandemic stalling some processes they finished the pool renovations, and it is now open for everyone to enjoy!

When touring this renovation, there were many members of the community enjoying the pool and lifeguards were getting ready to start swim lessons. One community member, Mary Bagne, who was participating in water aerobics expressed how much she loved the community pool. “I am here twice a day on weekdays and once a day on the weekend. I am 82 and do my mobility exercises in this pool. I can also say that for many of the people that swim with me too.”