Land and Water Conservation Fund

Grant-funded recreation area

Grant funded recreation area

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1964 (LWCF) was established to assist federal, state and local governments in the acquisition and/or development of public outdoor recreation facilities. Administered at the federal level by the National Park Service and at the state level by the Bureau of Parks and Lands in the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, LWCF grants can provide up to 50% of the allowable costs for approved acquisition or development projects.

The 2014 application period has ended. Stay tuned for the 2015 application to be posted.

The 2014 application manual, available below, is intended to provide general information about the Land and Water Conservation Fund program, including the steps a potential sponsor must take to apply. A municipal agency that is interested in submitting a proposal should contact the Grants and Community Recreation Program at the address below for assistance and guidance in the application process.

Contact Information

Grants and Community Recreation
Bureau of Parks and Lands
124 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
Doug Beck, Outdoor Recreation Supervisor
E-mail address:

Application Materials


Maine State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)
Intergovernmental Review Submission

Application Forms & Downloads

This application manual should be retained in the sponsoring agency's project file following the submission of an application. Contents include information and directions regarding future actions that must be taken if the application receives preliminary state approval.

To read the PDF files you will need a copy of the free Adobe Reader software.