eCivis Grants: Parks and Recreation


Parks and recreation grants help enhance, develop and preserve facilities and resources across the country.

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Parks and Recreation Grants

Parks and recreation grants are primarily funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965. These funds were enacted to help preserve, develop, and assure access to outdoor recreation facilities to strengthen the health of U.S. citizens. The LWCF has been the principal source of financing for land acquisition for outdoor recreation by the four federal agencies – the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service. The LWCF also funds a matching grant program to assist states in recreational planning, acquiring recreational lands and waters, and developing outdoor recreational facilities.

Funds from the LWCF may be allocated to support parks and recreation grants through programs such as:

  • National Wildlife Refuge Friends Grant Program: This program provides seed grants to projects aimed at increasing the participation of organizations in the effective management of natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System.
  • Wild Ones Natural Landscapers: Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program: The purpose of this program is to establish outdoor learning centers in schools and nature centers that focus on the enhancement and development of appreciation for nature and native plants.
  • National Trails Training: This program supports technical assistance activities that are aimed at enhancing trail planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management for trails located on federal, state, local, and private lands.
  • Watchable Wildlife for Youth and Families: This program aims to attract young people into the forests, parks, trails, and other wild areas through technology and social media in order to promote BLM wildlife viewing destinations, and provide recreation, interpretation, and education to a new branch of the American public.