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Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant

Authorized in 1965 the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a federally funded program through the National Park Service. The program provides 50/50 matching grants to state and local governments for the purpose acquiring and/or developing public recreational areas and facilities. The program is intended to create and maintain a nationwide legacy of quality public recreational resources as well as to stimulate non-federal investments in the purchase, development, maintenance and protection of these highly valued recreational areas. Under the LWCF Act of 1965 any property purchased or developed with LWCF assistance must remain in public recreational use in perpetuity.

Since its inception the program has led to over 650 individual acquisition and development projects in the State of New Hampshire. The NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, Division of Parks and Recreation, Office of Community Recreation is responsible for managing the program, coordinating grant rounds for project funding and monitoring past project sites for program compliance in within New Hampshire.

LWCF Program Manual 

2014 Funding Available for New Project Proposals

NH-LWCF Grant Round 27 is now open! Grants are available to eligible project sponsors for acquisition and/or development of public recreational areas for a minimum of $25,000 and a maximum of $150,000. There is a 50/50 project sponsor match requirement for this program. Eligible sponsors include government entities such as cities, towns, counties or school districts.

All potential project sponsors intending to apply for grant funding must submit an “Intent to Apply” form, found within the application packet below, by 4:00 PM on Friday September 26, 2014.

The following workshops will be offered to review the grant application process and related questions to potential projects. Attendance is recommended, and applicants that attend a workshop will receive 5 bonus points on final application scores. Space is limited. Reservations can be made by contacting Eric Feldbaum at (603) 271-3556 or
  • 10:00 AM -12:00 NOON on Wednesday October 8, 2014
    DRED Headquarters
    172 Pembroke Road
    Concord, NH 03301

  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON on Thursday October 9, 2014
    North Country Resource Center
    629B Main Street
    Lancaster, NH 03584
Required project site evaluations will be scheduled during the month of October, following the receipt of an “Intent to Apply” form. Completed application packets will be due by 4:00 PM on Friday January 9, 2015 at DRED-HQ in Concord.

Following application review and scoring, top recommended projects will be submitted by the State to the National Park Service for final approval, sometime in spring 2015.

If you have any questions about the Land and Water Conservation Fund please contact Bill Gegas, LWCF Program Specialist; or Eric Feldbaum - Community Recreation Specialist at (603) 271-3556, or
The following documents are necessary for your application:

Inspections of Completed Project Sites

As mentioned at the top of the page LWCF assisted properties are required by federal law to remain in public recreational use forever. These project sites must be inspected for program compliance every five years. Below is a list of all project sponsors/grant recipients in since 1965.

Other information:

2013 - 2018 NH SCORP (sections of complete plan)


LWCF Annual Reports: