Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant

Authorized by the US Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965 established a federally funded program to provide 50/50 matching grants to state and local governments for the purpose acquiring and/or developing public outdoor recreational areas and facilities. The program is administered nationally by the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS) with 100% of the supporting revenues generated from offshore oil and gas leases, and zero taxpayer dollars. LWCF is intended to create and maintain a nationwide legacy of quality public outdoor recreational resources as well as to stimulate non-federal investments in the purchase, development, maintenance and protection of these highly valued outdoor recreational areas. Per section 6(f)(3) of the LWCF Act, “No property acquired or developed with assistance under this section shall, without the approval of the Secretary (USDOI), be converted to other than public outdoor recreation uses.”

LWCF is managed at the state levels by the state governments. In order to be eligible to receive a program apportionment from the NPS, each state must develop and maintain a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and appoint an official State Liaison Officer. In New Hampshire the 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.

Since its inception the LWCF program has led to over 640 acquisition and development projects throughout the state, totaling almost $40,000,000.00 in grant assistance. 

Grant Round 29 is now closed

The Division of Parks and Recreation is not accepting applications at this time. Please check back in early 2019 for updates on grant round 30.

General Program Information

Potential applicants/project sponsors must be an official entity of a municipal, county or state government, school district or state college/university within the State of NH. Applicants should be aware that the process timeline for reviews, selections, and approval of grant awards is approximately one year +/-.

Projects must be in direct support of public outdoor recreational uses of related properties and/or facilities. Eligible project types are as follows:
  • Development: This includes new support facilities or renovation of existing support facilities.
  • Acquisition: This includes purchase of fee simple title or legal control of property for public use. This can be acquisition of abutting land to an existing developed recreational area, private recreational areas to be converted to public use, or undeveloped property to establish a new outdoor recreational area. (Projects to acquire undeveloped property in order create new public outdoor recreational areas must include a component for public access. These types of projects must be submitted as a “combination” below.)
  • Combination: This includes projects that consist of elements for both development and acquisition.
Minimum/Maximum grant requet amounts for grant round 30 to be determined.

If you have any questions please contact Bill Gegas, LWCF Program Specialist; or Eric Feldbaum - Community Recreation Specialist at (603) 271-3556, or 

Current Open Projects

Below is a list of all open projects.
Project # Sponsor Project Name Project Scope Grant $ 
33-00705 Town of Deerfield Hartford Brook Ballfields Development of recreational fields, concession facilities and parking facilities. $25,000.00
33-00706 Town of Brookline Nissitissit River Park Acquisition and development of 1350’ section of rail trail; development of 1500’ of accessible trail along Nissitissit River, fishing platform, car-top boat launch, and parking facilities. $50,000.00
33-00707       City of Nashua Greeley Park Boat Ramp Improvements Redevelopment of boat ramp onto Merrimack River, and parking facilities. $200,000.00
33-00708 Town of Bristol Bristol Falls Park Development of pathway from downtown to western bank of Pemmigewasset River, including rehabilitation of two bridges over Newfound River. $153,002.00
33-00710     City of Claremont Monadnock Park Playground Replacement and relocation of playground facilities at Monadnock Park.  $53,700.00
33-00702.1 Town of Milford Osgood Pond Restoration - II Dredging of additional 6+ acres of Osgood Pond to restore “deep water” fishing/boating facilities. $175,000.00
33-00695 State of NH DNCR Monadnock SP Visitor Services Building Development $316,687.00
33-00698 Town of Nelson City Hill Town Forest Combination $150,000.00
33-00699 City of Dover Cocheco River Park Development $150,000.00
33-00700 City of Concord Merrimack River Greenway Trail Development $100,000.00
33-00701 Town of Bedford Pulpit Rock Conservation Area Trails Development $42,500.00
33-00702 Town of Milford Osgood Pond Restoration Development $150,000.00
33-00702.1 Town of Milford Osgood Pond Restoration- II Development $175,000.00
33-00705 Town of Deerfield Hartford Brook Ballfields Development $25,000.00
33-00706 Town of Brookline Nissitissit River Park Combination $50,000.00
33-00707 City of Nashua Greenley Park Boat Ramp Development $200,000.00
33-00708 Town of Bristol Bristol Falls Park Development $153,002.00
33-00709 City of Franklin Bessie Rowell Playground Development $45,000.00
33-00710 City of Claremont Monadnock Park Playground Development $53,700.00
33-00711 Monroe Consolidated SD Monroe School Playground Development $96,300.00
33-00712 State of NH-DNCR 2019-2023 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Planning $21,000.00
33-00713 State of NH-DNCR Kearsarge Mountain State Forest-Tosoni Lot Acquisition $20,000.00
33-00714 State of NH-DNCR Franconia Notch SP-Lafayette Playground Development $75,000.00
33-00715 State of NH-DNCR Ellacoya SP Playground Development $75,000.00
33-00716 City of Franklin Mill City Park at Franklin Falls Combination $200,000.00
33-00717 Town of Newmarket Landroche Field Splash Pad and Restrooms Development $199,407.00
33-00718 Town of Lincoln Riverfront Park Development $200,000.00
33-00719 Town of New Boston New Boston Rail Trail Rehabilitation Development $100,000.00
33-00721 Town of Littleton Littleton Health Park Combination $200,000.00
33-00722 Town of Salisbury Maplewood Fiels-Bleachers and Playground Development $25,000.00

Other information:

NH Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

LWCF Annual Reports: