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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program

No grant round open at this time.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a federal grant program administered by the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS). LWCF consists of two parts or sides: the federal and the state side. The latter, administered in partnership with individual states and U.S. territories, provides grants for projects featuring "close-to-home" outdoor recreational opportunities for the public.

Alaska: More than $40 million in LWCF grants has been invested in over 350 projects in Alaska since inception of the program in 1965. Locally sponsored projects vary widely. Examples include a skate park in Sitka, ball fields in Barrow, a rifle range in Kodiak, community garden in Bethel, tot lot in Kotzebue, ski area in Cordova, and a swim beach in Fairbanks. LWCF grants have also assisted State-sponsored sites such as Chugach State Park, Clam Gulch State Recreation Area (SRA), Nancy Lake SRA, and Chena River SRA.

Eligible Applicants: State, regional or local governments with the legal authority to provide park and recreation services on public lands are eligible to apply for LWCF assistance.

Funding Priorities: See page 48-51 of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan: 2016-2021, for discussion of priorities bulleted below.

High Priority Project Types

  • Trail and facility upgrades or improvements (includes support facilities, restrooms, campsites)
  • Improved access to recreation areas (parking, boat launches, trailheads, signage, etc.)
  • Meet ADA accessibility standards

Moderate Priority Project Types

  • Acquisition or development of new trails and facilities

For further information, and to apply for an LWCF grant, click the following links:

- Frequently Asked Questions
- General Provisions
- Section 106 Request for Review
- Maps & Site Plans: Examples
- Budget Example
- Resolution Example
- Standard Forms Examples: 424a, 424c, 424d
- Categorical Exclusions from 2015 NPS NEPA Handbook
- Rating Form
- Milestones

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), 2016-2021

For more information, contact the Grants Section manager at danette.berkovitz@alaska.gov or 907-269-8700.

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907