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 670 public outdoor recreation land acquisition and development projects throughout the state, totaling almost $42,000,000.00 in grant assistance.

Grant Round 32 is now CLOSED

As of May 29, 2021 the Division of Parks and Recreation is no longer accepting “intent-to-apply” forms for Grant Round 32 of the LWCF Local Assistance Program.

Interested and eligible project sponsors that missed this particular round can look towards Grant Round 33, which is anticipated to be released during Spring 2022.

Please contact the LWCF Local Assistance Program within the Office of Community Recreation for more information at: (603) 271-3556, or lwcf@dncr.nh.gov

Click the video below for a presentation of an overview of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Recreational Trails Program grants:

Current Open Projects

Click here to see a list of all open projects.

Other information:

NH Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan