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North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a 50/50 matching grant program administered at the state level by the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD) and funded at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS). The LWCF provides grants for outdoor recreation projects such as ball fields, pools, campgrounds, playgrounds, and land acquisitions for park development.

The following entities (only political subdivisions of the state of North Dakota with ownership of the project land) are eligible and may apply:

  • Cities, counties, and townships
  • Park boards and park districts
  • School districts
  • State agencies
  • Water management districts
  • Federally-recognized Indian tribes

Long term maintenance and legal requirements

Recreation areas that receive federal assistance through the Land and Water Conservation Fund must remain dedicated to public outdoor recreation use in perpetuity. Property within the project boundary may not be converted to any use other than outdoor recreation without prior approval from the NDPRD and National Park Service. The entire project site identified in the project agreement is subject to public law 88-578 Section 6(F).

Any converted property must be replaced by the local sponsor with property of equal or greater recreational value and usefulness. NDPRD should be notified prior to any change in use.


The current LWCF application cycle for FY17 projects is closed. Project sponsors will be contacted accordingly. Please take note of the tentative timeline for review listed below.

Tentative Timeline for Review
  • Application cycle closed December 4, 2017.
  • Submitted projects are reviewed and ranked at the state level (4-6 weeks).
  • Eligible projects ranked high enough for funding must receive clearance; Solicitation of View (SOV) process at the state level (4-6 weeks).
  • All cleared projects are submitted to the National Park Service (NPS) regional office for review and the NPS works with the state to ensure compliancy and to confirm the list of projects to receive funding (4-6 weeks).
  • The state enters eligible projects for funding into grants.gov for final review by the NPS at the federal level; the state is then notified as to which projects will be awarded funding (6-8 weeks).
  • Project sponsors are notified of approval and given a project start date. Tentative project start date is September 2018. Please note, any eligible project expenses for which a sponsor would like to request reimbursement, cannot occur prior to the project start date. Once the NPS approves the project for funding, the NDPRD will send a project agreement to the project sponsor for signature. The project agreement will include the project start date.