Land & Water Conservation Fund

Land & Water Conservation Fund
photo: Campbell County Golf Course

Land & Water Conservation Fund

The LWCF provides federal grant funds to protect important natural areas, acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as campgrounds, picnic areas, sports & playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural areas and passive parks.

Who Can Apply: Cities, counties, state and federal agencies are eligible to apply for funding. The minimum amount is $25,000. The maximum grant amount is $250,000. It is a matching reimbursement program.

Application Process: The 2021 LWCF Application is now available to download. To apply, submit an application between February 1 – May 31, 2021.

Additional Requirements:
  • You must submit to the State Clearinghouse for the Intergovernmental Review Process or request an update on previous comments to be eligible for funding.

  • All recreational facilities that have received LWCF assistance must stay outdoor recreational for perpetuity.

  • The land must be owned or be able to obtain a long term lease from a Public Agency. The Public Agency will have to agree in writing to keeping the land recreational in perpetuity if the lease expires.

For more information: Contact Jessica Hill.

Kentucky Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

Download SCORP pdf (.pdf - 3939 kb)

Reimbursement Forms

LWCF Program Requirements (.doc - 26 kb)
LWCF Reimbursement Request Form (xlsx - 52 kb)
LWCF Reimbursement Requirements (xlsx - 52 kb)

See Also...

ADA Guidelines
ADA Guidelines for recreational facilities

National Park Service
NPS web site for additional LWCF information.

Kentucky Recreational Park Society (KRPS)

LWCF Sign Information required for all LWCF funded parks.

LWCF NEPA Handbook
LWCF NEPA Handbook for additional guidance.

LWCF Manual
LWCF Manual for additional guidelines.

Playground Equipment Regulations.


Land Appraisals

Acquisition of land may be accomplished through purchase, transfer, gift or other means. All acquisitions must conform to the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquistiion Policies Act of 1970. Please see KYTC Pre-qualified Appraisers list for an appraiser in your area.

All Land Appraisals must adhere to the Appraisal Requirements for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Kentucky Appraisal Requirements

Deed Restriction Requirement

All sponsors who receive a LWCF grant must file a separate deed restriction prior to receiving reimbursement.