ADECA Land and Water Conservation Fund Program – FY 2009 funding cycle

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program was created in 1965 “…to assist in preserving, developing and assuring accessibility to all citizens of the United States of America of present and future generations …such quality and quantity of outdoor recreation resources as may be available and are necessary and desirable for individual active participation…” The LWCF Program provides matching grants to states, and through the states to local governments, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. FUNDING CYCLE:  All eligible project sponsors will be notified of the timing and application procedures, in writing, at the beginning of the funding cycle. Applications for FY2009 funding will be accepted from May 1, 2008, through September 2, 2008. 

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: All political subdivisions of the state are
eligible to participate in the LWCF program. As such, municipalities,
counties, state agencies, and state authorities created by the
legislature may apply for LWCF assistance. However, state or local
educational institutions are prohibited from participating. ELIGIBLE
ACTIVITIES:  LWCF assistance can be used to acquire land and water
interests for park purposes, develop new outdoor recreation facilities,
and, in certain instances, renovate existing recreational facilities.
Virtually all public outdoor recreation activities are eligible for
assistance under the program including playgrounds, ball fields
(including lights [concrete poles only]), court sports, picnic areas,
camping areas, tracks, trails, swimming facilities, etc. In addition,
support facilities such as concession stands, comfort stations, park
access roads, parking areas, utilities, and site preparation necessary
to make a recreation activity area usable may qualify for assistance.
The project sponsor must either own or have a perpetual interest in
land that is developed with LWCF assistance.  

maximum grant size is determined by the amount of the state’s
apportionment. A maximum grant amount of $100,000 is anticipated during
this funding cycle. However, ADECA may award a lesser amount for a part
or all of the items contained in the project scope. 

The LWCF program provides 50% matching assistance to project sponsors.
The project sponsor may provide the remaining 50% of the project cost
in the form of cash or in-kind/donated services. Grant funds are
distributed to project sponsors on a cost-reimbursable basis. 

CRITERIA: he following program criteria apply to all applicants seeking
LWCF assistance: a. Existing outdoor recreation facilities must be
owned and managed by an eligible project sponsor; be well maintained;
and the need for LWCF assistance documented in Alabama’s Statewide
Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. b. The project sponsor must
agree to manage and operate its LWCF assisted site for outdoor
recreation purposes in perpetuity. c. The project sponsor must agree to
comply with all other laws, rules and regulations associated with the
LWCF program.

FUNDING CRITERIA:  The following examples represent the
type of criteria that are used to assess the relative merits of project
applications submitted for LWCF assistance: a. Relative need for the
proposed activity in the project service area. b. Project feasibility.
c. Recreation delivery system. d. Operation and maintenance of existing
recreation facilities. e. Site location and accessibility. If you are
interested in obtaining more information about the Land and Water
Conservation Fund Program or require technical assistance in
determining project scope or with the application process contact Rob
Grant, Recreation Programs Director Phone: 334-242-5483 Fax:
334-242-3381 E-mail: Jody Waites, Program
Supervisor Phone: 334-353-4384 Fax: 334-353-4311 E-mail: or visit

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