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Land & Water Conservation Fund

Land & Water Conservation Fund matching grants help local communities provide open spaces and healthy recreation places for Montana families.

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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.

LWCF Grants
Key Information
Application Forms and Guides

Michelle McNamee
Outdoor Recreation Program Manager
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
P.O. Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620-0701
(406) 444-7642


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