Grant cycle open for Land and Water Conservation Fund

September 3, 2020

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Communities intending to submit grant applications are required to request Maine's pre-approval site inspection by October 31, 2020

AUGUSTA - The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) 2020-2021 grant cycle is open and accepting applications for acquiring public land, developing recreation facilities, and renovation of existing outdoor recreation facilities from eligible applicants. Qualified applicants must request a pre-approval site inspection by October 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. If the proposed project is approved for application, the project sponsor will be encouraged to submit a complete application packet by the end of May 2021. The grant application and support documents are posted online. The maximum grant award for this round will be $500,000. There is currently no minimum award level, but applicants considering a request of $20,000 or less should discuss their project ideas with the grant manager before applying.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1964 (LWCF) was established to assist federal, state, and local governments acquiring and developing 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, LWCF grants can provide up to 50% of the allowable costs for approved acquisition or development projects for public outdoor recreation.

Learn more about the application process by visiting the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands' Land and Water Conservation Fund webpage.

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