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LWCF Assistance

The Land and Recreation Grants staff administers grants to local governments through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF is a federal competitive program that provides grants for acquisition or development of land for public outdoor recreation.

Eligible participants include all county governments, municipalities in Florida and other legally constituted local governmental entities with the responsibility for providing outdoor recreational sites and facilities for the general public.

For more program information, view the facts about LWCF in the program information listed below.

Program Information

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.
Eligible Applicants
All 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.
Application Cycle

The stateside will hold a FY22-23 LWCF program application cycle on November 14, 2022 through January 31, 2023. 

LWCF Application Tutorial
LWCF Staff hosted a webinar to provide an overview of successfully completing a LWCF application from start to finish and provide technical assistance to grantees on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.
To review the previous LWCF Application Tutorial webinar, hosted on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, review the links below.
Administrative Rule Administrative Rule 62D-5
Matching Ratio 50:50
Maximum Grant Request The maximum grant request may not exceed $1 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.
Florida Administrative Register Notice Florida Administrative Code and Florida Administrative Register
Application Instructions

*2020-2021 LWCF Application Instructions (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.

Applicants who lease land from the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund for the state of Florida are not eligible to apply for LWCF grant funding. 

Application and Required Attachments

*2020-2021 LWCF Application

2019 - Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) - Goals Chapter 5

Project Narrative Requirement

Active Sample Narrative

Passive Sample Narrative

Boundary Map Requirements

Environmental Assessment Requirements

Required Federal Form

Categorical Exclusions List

Tips for Successfully Establishing Site Control

Funded Projects

2021-2022 LWCF Rollover Priority List

2020-2021 LWCF Priority List 

2019-2020 LWCF Priority List

2018-2019 LWCF Priority List

Project Guidance

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Manual

Facts about LWCF


Commencement Checklist 

Certification of Insurance 

Boundary Map Requirements 

Commencement Certification

Uniform Federal Appraisal Requirements 

Budget Cost Analysis Form

Budget Cost Analysis Instructions

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

Park Inventory Form (Electronic Submittal). Please print a copy to include w/ 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

Grantee Labor Cost Schedule

Direct Material Purchases Schedule

Equipment Cost Schedule

Grantee Stock Material Cost Schedule

Reports and Documentation

Project Status Report 

Historic LWCF Projects Interactive Map of Historic LWCF Funded Projects
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August 30, 2022 - 1:48pm

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