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Land and Water Conservation Fund Program

Land and Water Conservation Fund Program

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program is a federal program authorized by Congress that provides for acquisition or development of land for public outdoor recreation. LWCF funds are appropriated by Congress to the U. S. Department of the Interior, National Parks Service (NPS), and NPS allocates the funds through state agencies as a grant program to state and local governments. It is administered at the state level by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Program Information

LWCF Overview

Eligible applicants include county governments and incorporated municipalities of the state of Florida and other legally constituted local governmental entities with the legal responsibility for the provision of outdoor recreational sites and facilities for the use and benefit of the general public.

Matching Ratio: 50:50

The maximum grant request for development projects may not exceed $1.5 million. The maximum grant request for acquisition projects may not exceed $1.5 million. An applicant's requested grant funds may be revised by the department due to the availability of program funds. Grant awards are contingent upon appropriation by the federal government.

Administrative Rule 62D-5

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Manual

Facts about LWCF

Application Cycle

The stateside program held a FY2023-2024 LWCF program application cycle on November 15, 2023 through January 31, 2024. 

Notice of Grant Submission Period

Application, Instructions, Required Attachments, and Federal Attachments

2023-2024 LWCF State Application Instructions & Federal Form Requirements

2023-2024 LWCF State Application

NPS Federal Agency Categorical Exclusion (CE List)

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

(Please read prior to completing application)

Duplicate projects: Pursuant to subsection 62D-5.071(4), F.A.C., an applicant may not submit an application for a project site, including phased projects, if the applicant has an active grant agreement on that project site funded under Land and Water Conservation Fund, Recreational Trails Program or Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program. 

An applicant shall not submit the same application, in whole or in part, under LWCF, RTP or FRDAP in concurrent or overlapping funding cycles.

LWCF Application Tutorial
LWCF Staff hosted a webinar to provide an overview of successfully completing a LWCF application and provided technical assistance to grantees on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 10 a.m.
Register to view the webinar recording. Once you register the recording will begin.
Funded Projects

2023-2024 LWCF Recommended Priority List

2022 - 2023 LWCF Recommended Priority List

2021-2022 LWCF Rollover Priority List

2020-2021 LWCF Priority List 

Interactive Map of Historic LWCF Funded Projects

LWCF Grant Management Tutorial

Staff from the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program hosted a webinar on successfully completing a LWCF project from start to finish  on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 10 a.m.


Commencement Checklist 

Certification of Insurance 

Boundary Map Requirements 

Commencement Certification

Uniform Federal Appraisal Requirements 

Budget Cost Analysis Form

Project Completion

Certification of Manual Possession 

Completion Documentation Checklist 

Project Completion Certification Form 

Sample Sign 

Notice of Limitation of Use-Owned by Grantee

Notice of Limitation of Use-Leased by Grantee

Florida Recreation and Parks Inventory Form

Please complete the form electronically, then print a copy to PDF and include in project completion documentation.

LWCF Logos

DEP Logos

Reimbursement Requests

Financial Reporting Procedures

Reimbursement Checklist

Contract Payment Requirements

Payment Request Summary/Actual Costs

Contractual Services Purchase Schedule (DRP-116)

Grantee Labor Cost Schedule (DRP-117)

Direct Material Purchases Schedule (DRP-118)

Equipment Cost Schedule (DRP-119)

Grantee Stock Material Cost Schedule (DRP-120)


Project Status Report 

Last Modified:
July 17, 2024 - 9:33am

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