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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant

Grants to Louisiana Agencies to
Improve Open-Air Park Facilities

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Louisiana Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation

LOI Date:

04/01/20

Deadline Date:

06/01/20

Description:

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Grants to Louisiana agencies to improve open-air park facilities. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. Special emphasis is placed on providing facilities to low-income areas. Funding is intended for the planning and construction or expansion of recreational facilities in densely populated areas.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program promotes broad-scope outdoor recreation, ranging from land acquisition to development of park facilities such as spray parks, ball fields, picnic pavilions, and restrooms. 

The program, administered by the National Park Service, seeks to identify and highlight new ways of providing opportunities for expanding outdoor play in areas with great need, as well as promoting the development of new or enhanced partnerships for outdoor recreation in urban communities across the nation. 

Grant recipients obtaining assistance through the LWCF may engage in projects such as:

  • Acquisition of fee simple title to property from a willing seller;
  • Construction of new outdoor recreation facilities, support elements and trails on Sponsor owned land (state, parish, or municipal lands), where a recreational need is shown;
  • Renovation or reconstruction of existing outdoor recreation facilities;
  • Structure design or engineering, site design or GPS mapping when included within professional design fees (not to exceed 10% of grant);
  • Development and site work activities such as: subgrade preparation, base course, soil sterilization, earthwork, erosion control, re-vegetation, natural and hardened surfacing, culverts, low-water crossings, bank improvements, retaining walls, guard rails, and hand rails, pedestrian bridges, boardwalks;
  • Providing access and use of facilities by persons with disabilities.

Projects selected for funding should:

  • Further an outdoor recreation -related goal in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) or sponsor's regional master plan;
  • Include a commitment for maintenance and long-term public access;
  • Be sponsored by a qualifying political subdivision or state agency who is also the land owner;
  • Be in a political subdivision with good standing regarding maintenance and compliance issues of previously assisted LWCF sites
  • Include a commitment to starting and completing the project quickly and efficiently;
  • Plan to submit construction plans and specifications prepared and certified by registered professionals: Engineer, Architect and/or Landscape Architect who insure that the plans and specifications meet all applicable federal, state and local codes, current engineering standards and meet all ADA standards; that health, safety, durability and economy received consideration consistent with the scope and objectives of the project.

For project categories and priorities, see: https://www.crt.state.la.us/Assets/Parks/grants/LWCF/LWCF_Application_Form.pdf?LWCF%2C+Grants%2C+Federal+funds%2C+conservation#page=2

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169644

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local municipalities may apply.

Eligible sponsors are areas with a population of 50,000 or more people and consisting of densely settled territory.

Non-municipalities, Recreation Districts are required to partner with parish or city as Cosponsor in order to apply. The LWCF is not available to non-profits or individuals.

Any component of this section that is not fully met by the project application must be set aside and cannot be considered for funding:
- Project sponsor in good standing (no unresolved compliance or administrative issues).
- Project sponsor will have full control over the entire site within the project boundary and can ensure compliance in perpetuity.
- Project sponsor has no current active grants.
- The application submitted is complete with all required documentation and was received within the application deadline.

A grant recipient may not use monies received under this Program for:
- Planning or environmental documentation.
- Condemnation of any kind of interest in property
- Construction of indoor facilities other than those that qualify as support facilities
- Construction of facilities outside of the LWCF 6(f) boundaries
- Construction of facilities on leased property
- Storm water management or drainage and irrigation
- Mitigation Plans or mitigation credits

Pre-Application Information:

The Grant Application Process
1) April 1 – Annual due date for Preliminary Application: Sponsors submit basic documents for state review. See required document list for April 1.
2) April 1-15 Preliminary Review: Notification to project sponsors April 15 state requests sponsors of eligible applications to submit further refined documents for consideration. Ineligible projects may resubmit next year.
3) June 1 –July 15 State Review: Projects scored per OPSP & submitted for SPARC review. Low scoring projects may resubmit next year.
4) August - Sept State Submittal to Feds: Top projects proceed to Feds for Review (Date TBA – Based on Federal notice of annual apportionment for La.)
5) 30-90 Day Process -Federal Review: Rejected projects may resubmit next year.
6) TBA - Upon Federal Approval: State awards contracts to project sponsors.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin their planning efforts a minimum of six months prior to the application cycle. The URL for Full Text link below has online tools to assist project sponsors; Division of Outdoor Recreation personnel are available to answer questions and assist with application documents, upon request. Contact the office with basic project information before you begin to determine eligibility.

Sponsors interested in applying for an LWCF grants are encouraged to download and print the Initial Interest Form, and submit by email prior to contacting.

The grants must be matched at a minimum 1:1 ratio, at least doubling the impact of the federal investment in these communities. Grant recipients must pay 100% of the cost of an item before submitting requests for reimbursement.

For additional Preliminary Application Documentation, see: https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/grant-opportunities-for-outdoor-recreation/land-water-conservation/grant-application-required-documents/index
For Second Stage Application Documentation, see: https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/grant-opportunities-for-outdoor-recreation/land-water-conservation/grant-application-required-documents/index
FAQs: https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/grant-opportunities-for-outdoor-recreation/land-water-conservation/LWCF-FAQ/index

Contact Information:

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

Initial Interest Forms and Preliminary Applications should be submitted via cloud service or to outdoorrec@crt.la.gov.

Questions about the application, submittal documents or your cloud server link can be emailed to the above email address.

Contact Suzette Simms at 225-342-8088 or ssimms@crt.la.gov for further information regarding the application process.

Office of State Parks
P.O. Box 44426
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4426
1-888-677-1400 toll-free phone
342-8111 in the Baton Rouge area

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