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
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 Department
The current LWCF application cycle for FY19 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 North Dakota Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Projects by year awarded (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-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
- Land & Water Conservation Fund: Manual
- 2018-2022 SCORP
- Reimbursement Form
- Force Account Time Sheet
- Donated Equipment Form
- Donated Material Form
- Donated Labor Form
Featured Completed LWCF Project
Cottonwood Park Improvements
The Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) has had a long history of receiving Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to renovate or create new reactional opportunities for the city of Bismarck. From their first grant administered in 1966 to their most recent Cottonwood Park Improvement project, they have been creating and developing new ways to improve lives through outdoor recreation and build the community of Bismarck. With the most recent Cottonwood Park Improvement project, BPRD has added two playgrounds (with swing sets), picnic shelter, accessory building, and trail connections to the softball complex in Cottonwood Park. When asked what the inspiration was behind the project, Kevin Klipfel (Facilities and Programs Director) and Dave Mayer (Operations Director) said, “we wanted to enhance the softball complex to give families a place to recreate while softball games were being played.” This adds another mode of recreation to an already diverse park complex. The District has 3,300 acres they manage for outdoor recreation with over 250 partnerships including the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. They recently received Title VI certification in addition to their many other accomplishments such as the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in the Field of Parks and Recreation.