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Federal Grant Money Available for Recreational Projects

Concord, NH) The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation announces Grant Round Twenty-Five (FY20010/2011 Funding) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This year the Division is offering the grant round over a two year cycle in order to provide grantees the opportunity to propose larger projects. Combining the two-yearly apportionments will allow for larger funding opportunities.

The LWCF is a federal 50/50 matching grant program targeted at enhancing New Hampshire’s outdoor recreational opportunities. Funds can be used for the development of facilities or acquisition of land for public outdoor recreation areas. New Hampshire municipalities including cities, towns, counties and school districts are eligible to apply.

The FY 2010 apportionment for the state project side of the program totaled $30,000,000 nationally, up from $20,000,000 in FY 2009. The total amount available for local projects is still to be determined but a cap of $100,000 LWCF funds per approved project is anticipated presuming the total amount of funding over the biennium is sufficient.

Application packages for the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants are available now. Application Intent forms need to be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on March 31, 2010 and the filing deadline for this program is 4:00 p.m., October 18, 2010.

The Division of Parks and Recreation is comprised of the Parks Bureau, Bureau of Historic Sites, Bureau of Trails, and Cannon Mountain. The Division manages a multitude of properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, historic sites, trails, waysides, and natural areas. The Division of Parks and Recreation is one of four divisions of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. To learn more, call 603/271-3556.