Land and Water Conservation Fund

Current Application Cycle: closed

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.



The current LWCF application cycle for FY18 projects is closed. 

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 (2013-2018):


  • 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


  • 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