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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant

Grants to Maine Agencies for Outdoor
Recreation Facilities Development

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Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Bureau of Parks and Lands

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11/16/18 Close of Business (5:00 PM)


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Grants to Maine government agencies to acquire or develop public outdoor recreation facilities. The deadline to request a mandatory site visit is July 27. The purpose of this program is to expand outdoor recreational resources and protected areas of Maine, and to ensure their availability for public use in perpetuity.

The program provides matching grants to States and through States to local units of government, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation sites and facilities. Grant funds are also available, to States only, for fulfilling the statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation planning requirements of the program.

Reflecting the goals of the LWCF Act, the goals of the LWCF State Assistance Program are to:

a. Meet state and locally identified public outdoor recreation resource needs to strengthen the health and vitality of the American People.

b. Increase the number of protected state and local outdoor recreation resources and to ensure their availability for public use in perpetuity.

c. Encourage sound planning and long-term partnerships to expand the quantity and to ensure the quality of needed state and local outdoor recreation resources.

State Planning and Project Selection Requirements:

To be eligible for LWCF assistance for acquisition and development grants, each state shall prepare a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), and update it at least once every five years. A SCORP program evaluates the demand and supply of public outdoor recreation resources throughout a State, identifies capital investment priorities for acquiring, developing, and protecting all types of outdoor recreation resources, assures continuing opportunity for local units of government and private citizens to take part in planning for statewide outdoor recreation, and coordinates all outdoor recreation programs throughout the State.

The State shall develop an Open Project Selection Process (OPSP) that provides objective criteria and standards for grant selection that are explicitly based on each State’s priority needs for the acquisition and development of outdoor recreation resources as identified in the SCORP. The OPSP is the connection between the SCORP and the use of LWCF grants to assist state efforts in meeting high priority outdoor recreation resource needs. Planning grants and technical assistance are available through the LWCF program to help the States develop and update their SCORP planning process.

Acquisition and Development Grants:

LWCF assistance may be available 1) to acquire lands and waters or interests in lands and water for public outdoor recreation, and 2) to develop basic outdoor recreation facilities to serve the general public.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181471

Term of Contract:

Planning projects should normally cover a period of two years or less to ensure timely completion and close-out of complex work efforts and reduce audit problems.

Project periods should approximate three years and shall not exceed five years. The date of NPS approval is the beginning of the project period, unless the NPS has granted a waiver of retroactivity and as such, the date of project approval is the date NPS approved the waiver. The termination date is the date by which the project must be completed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

LWCF grants are provided to the states, and through the states to local governmental jurisdictions.

To be eligible for assistance, projects must be in accord with the SCORP, be sponsored by a governmental agency, and meet other state and federal requirements.

Pre-Application Information:

Local Applicants may review the Maine Maine State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) for guidance in planning their project and preparing their application:

LWCF assistance is provided on a matching basis, up to 50%, to individual projects which are submitted through the SLO to the NPS for approval.

Potential applicants must request a pre-application site inspection prior to July 27, 2018.

Applications must be submitted on or before close of business (5:00 PM) on Friday, November 16, 2018

Maine State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP):

The LWCF Manual may be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Request a Site Visit:

Doug Beck, Outdoor Recreation Supervisor
(207) 624-6090

Grants and Community Recreation
Bureau of Parks and Lands
124 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

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USA: Maine