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.
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.
January 4 - February 3, 2021
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 Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
The maximum grant request may not exceed $1,000,000. 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.
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.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.