February 8, 2024

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Grants – Due April 30

Land and Water Conservation Fund (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) USDA National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants are available to increase accessibility to recreational activities in underserved and urban communities. This partnership grant application must be completed by a state agency but is to be used for a local project.

The purpose of the ORLP Program is to provide new or significantly improved recreation opportunities in urban, disadvantaged communities lacking access to walkable outdoor recreation (a.k.a. park deserts), consistent with the purposes and requirements of the LWCF Act and LWCF Manual. To meet ORLP objectives and goals, projects must be:

  • Located within an incorporated city town, having a population of 30,000 or more, or unincorporated area having a population of 30,000 or more, per the 2020 U.S. Census.
  • Located within a community (Census tract) that is determined to be disadvantaged per the Climate and Environmental Justice Screening Tool (includes tract of project site and community(ies) served).

Eligible Project Types - Assistance is available for a wide range of outdoor recreation uses and the facilities needed to support the use and enjoyment of these areas. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Community parks, campgrounds
  • Sports fields and courts
  • Picnic areas and tracks for walking or biking
  • Water-based recreation facilities such as for swimming or boating, etc. 
  • Pools

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