Land & Water Conservation Fund
Land & Water Conservation Fund matching grants help local communities provide open spaces and healthy recreation places for Montana families.
The Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a federal grants program established by the Land & Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965. LWCF encourages a full partnership between national, state and local governments in planning and funding outdoor recreation projects.
LWCF has two parts, the "state-side" which funds state and local projects, and the "federal-side" which funds federal land purchases. Montana State Parks administers only the "state-side," the state and local portion of LWCF.
The 2020-2024 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) provides guidance to direct Montana’s state-side apportionment of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program.
Examples of eligible projects include: ball fields, open space acquisitions, public parks, outdoor swimming pools, playgrounds, picnic facilities, walking trails and more.
2019 LWCF Grant Cycle - OPEN December 3, 2018
The 2019 LWCF grant cycle will OPEN December 3, 2018. Applications must be received by February 28, 2019 to be eligible.
2019 LWCF Grant Cycle - CLOSED
The application deadline has passed. It was Thursday, February 28, 2019. The next grant cycle should begin the fall of 2021. Please check back for updated information.
- Current LWCF Grant Proposals ( 70 KB)
- 2018 LWCF Grant Awards ( 50 KB)
- 2012 - 2017 LWCF Grants ( 70 KB)
- 1964 - 2011 LWCF Grants by County ( 52 KB)
- Federal Matching & Supplemental Programs ( 46 KB)
- Program Requirements ( 41 KB)
- LWCF Frequently Asked Questions ( 45 KB)
- LWCF and Schools ( 37 KB)
- Nondiscrimination Policy ( 38 KB)
Application Forms and Guides
- Fact Sheet For Potential Grant Applicants ( 46 KB)
- Grant Application ( 220 KB | 810 KB)
- Environmental Analysis ( 155 KB)
- Resolution Authorizing Application ( 14 KB | 24 KB)
- Interlocal Agreement ( 15 KB)
- Open Project Selection Process ( 89 KB)
Outdoor Recreation Program Manager
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
P.O. Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620-0701