Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program

LWCF Grant Round: Closed for the remainder of 2017

 The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a federal grant program administered by the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS). LWCF consists of two parts or sides: the federal and the state side. The latter, administered in partnership with individual states and U.S. territories, provides grants for projects featuring “close-to-home” outdoor recreational opportunities for the public.

Alaska: More than $37 million in LWCF grants has been invested in about 350 projects in Alaska since inception of the program in 1965. Locally sponsored projects vary widely. Examples include a skate park in Sitka, ball fields in Barrow, a rifle range in Kodiak, community garden in Bethel, tot lot in Kotzebue, ski area in Cordova, and a swim beach in Fairbanks. LWCF grants have also been invested throughout Alaska in State-sponsored sites such as Chugach State Park, Clam Gulch State Recreation Area (SRA), Nancy Lake SRA, and Chena River SRA.

Eligible Applications: State, regional or local governments with the legal authority to provide park and recreation services on public land are eligible to apply for LWCF assistance.

Funding Priorities: See page 48-51 of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan: 2016-2021, for discussion of priorities.

High State Priorities

  • Trail and facility upgrades or improvements (includes support facilities, restrooms, campsites)
  • Improved access to recreation areas (parking, boat launches, trailheads, signage, etc.)
  • Meet ADA accessibility standards

Moderate Priority Project

  • Acquisition or development of new trails and facilities

Meeting Minutes 

11/2/2017 ORTAB Meeting Minutes

For further information, and to apply for an LWCF grant, click the following links:

- LWCF Grant Application - CLOSED
- Frequently Asked Questions
- General Provisions
- Section 106 Request for Review
- Maps & Site Plans: Examples
- Budget Workbook and Examples
- Resolution Authorizing Grant Application and Acceptance: Example
- Standard Forms Examples: 424a, 424b, 424c, 424d
- Categorical Exclusions from 2015 NPS NEPA Handbook
- Rating Form
- Milestones

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), 2016-2021

For more information, contact the LWCF Grants Administrator at or 907-269-8694.