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 acquisition and development projects throughout the state, totaling almost $42,000,000.00 in grant assistance. 

Grant Round 32 is now open

The Division of Parks and Recreation is now accepting Intent-to-Apply forms for Grant Round 32. Intent forms are due by 4:00pm, May 28, 2021.

Upon receipt, intent forms will be reviewed and project site inspections will be coordinated to determine eligibility. Formal applications will only be made available once a site inspection has been completed and the project is determined to be eligible.
Potential applicant’s/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.

Funding request limits (50% of total project) will be set for a minimum of $25,000.00 and a maximum of $400,000.00. Please send Intent forms to:

LWCF Program
NH Division of Parks and Recreation
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301 Formal application information workshops will be coordinated for sponsors whose projects are determined to be eligible through the intent process. Dates and time will be determined once funds become available.

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

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

Below is a list of all open projects.
Project # Sponsor Project Name Project Scope Grant $ 
33-00699 City of Dover Cocheco River Park Development $150,000.00
33-00700 City of Concord Merrimack River Greenway Development $100,000.00
3300701 Town of Bedford Pulpit Rock Area Trails Development $42,500.00
33-00702 Town of Milford Osgood Pond Restoration Development $325,000.00
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 Greeley 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 Develpoment $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
33-00713 State of NH DNCR Kearsarge Mtn-Tusoni Lot Acquisition $20,000.00
33-00714 State of NH DNCR FNSP-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 Combination $200,000.00
33-00717 Town of Newmarket Landroche Field 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
33-00720 Town of Plaistow PARC Trail Network Development $51,500.00
33-00721 Town of Littleton Littleton Health Park Combination $200,000.00
33-00722 Town of Salisbury Maplewood Field-Bleachers and Playground Development $25,000.00
33-00723 Town of Windham Moeckel Pond Dam Reconstruction Development $150,000.00
33-00724 City of Somersworth Jules Bisson Park Rejuvenation Development $45,000.00
33-00725 State of NH DNCR Winslow State Park Toilet Building Renovation Development $231,250.00
33-00726 Town of Moultonboough Kraine Meadow Park Improvements Development $62,500.00
33-00727 State of NH DNCR Pawtuckaway State Park Toilet Building $3 Renovation Development $218,100.00
33.00728 State of NH DNCR Bear Hill Toilet Building Renovation Development $221,875.00

Other information:

NH Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

LWCF Annual Reports: