Land and Water Conservation Fund


Meeting Notice:

Thursday, October 29th at 1:00 PM 
** This meeting will be virtual. The link for the meeting will be posted on the day of the meeting. The agenda will be provided shortly. 

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) is soliciting preliminary applications for the FY20 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) through October 29, 2020.

Preliminary Application

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 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 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


Park River Park District – Green Acres Complex:

The City of Park River Park District has been brainstorming over the years on how to keep their city growing and create more opportunities for outdoor recreation for their community. Jesse Irvine, the Director of Parks and Recreation for Park River, had an idea along with other members of the community to build a softball/baseball diamond complex to draw in visitors, tournaments, and the community alike! The community did not have the resources to fund an entire complex alone, so they applied to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program in hopes to offset needed funding. Along with matching funds from the Park River community and surrounding businesses, they built something special that would create a lifetime impact on their community. It was a huge success as the Park River Green Acres Complex is complete and has already hosted a state tournament in which the community has seen the benefits of tourism at its finest.

            “There are a lot of small towns that seem to disappear over the years because they slowly loose their resources to larger towns and cities. I did not want to see that happen to Park River, so we thought big,” Jesse Irvine explained. They did just that, as they took on an empty field and built a baseball complex that now has 4 interconnecting softball/baseball diamonds. The community was very supportive as the City of Park River Park District received numerous donations from local community members along with pledges and naming rights for the fields.

From the time the grant was submitted to the finished project, it has been about three years of planning and hard work. This state-of-the-art complex includes accessible sidewalks, grandstand, concession building and even has infield turf on one of the fields which will dry out quickly after it has rained to make sure not many games are cancelled due to weather. The community is now seeing the benefits of the Green Acres Complex with an increase in tourism from the state tournament. The positive comments and interactions they have received from the community are priceless. “We all worked together to create something big for the community that everyone can enjoy for years to come,” Irvine resounded as he stared at the finished complex with pride.