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Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program was authorized in 1965. The federally funded program provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The program is intended to create and maintain a nationwide legacy of high quality recreation areas and facilities as well as to stimulate non-federal investments in the protection and maintenance of recreation resources across the United States.

There are over 650 LWCF projects in the state and currently New Hampshire is in the process of conducting Grant Round 26.

Grant Round Twenty-Six of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Application packages for the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants are now available now. The filing deadline for Application Intent form must be submitted by February 1, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. and the all grant applications must be in by 4:00 p.m., May 31, 2013. Information about the LWCF grants can be found here:

LWCF Self-Inspections

An important requirement of a Land and Water Conservation Funded project is to maintain the funded site for public recreation in perpetuity.

The National Park Service provides federal oversight of the LWCF program. Each state is required to conduct periodic audits of their LWCF sites to ensure public recreation for all.  Future funding for the states depends on this requirement to be met.

To assist the state in maintaining the currency of these inspections, a self-inspection form has been developed for the project sponsor to complete and return to the Division of Parks and Recreation with attached photographs for each LWCF project within a town, city, county, or school district. LWCF Self-Inspection Form

Other information:

2013 - 2018 NH SCORP (sections of complete plan)