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 District
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 (2013-2019):
- 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-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
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.”