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Program Overview

Land & Water Conservation Fund Program


Keizer Rapids​
 The LWCF grants provide matching grants to state and local governments for acquiring and developing public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Since 1964, this national grant has awarded more than $55 million for Oregon recreational areas and facilities.
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Eligible Applicants


Wesley Lynn Park​
 Eligible applicants include:


  • Cities

  • Counties

  • Park and Recreation Districts


  • Port District

  • Indian Tribes

  • Oregon State Agencies (Parks & Recreation Dept., Dept. of State Lands, Department of Fish and Wildlife and Dept. of Forestry).
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Project Types

LWCF grants are available to either acquire land for public outdoor recreation or to develop basic outdoor recreation facilities. 
Acquisition – Acquiring land and water for public access, including new area or additions to existing parks, forests, wildlife areas, beaches or similar. 
Development – Developing outdoor recreation activities and support facilities needed by the public for recreation activities, including providing basic facilities and improvement of basic facilities.
Projects must be consistent with the outdoor recreation goals and objectives stated in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan  (SCORP) and elements of your local comprehensive land use plans and park master plans. Projects must also comply with the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Match Criteria

LWCF provides up to 50 percent project funding. Eligible matches include local budged funds, donated funds, and the value of property, equipment, materials, and/or labor.  

Land previously acquired and work completed prior to project approval cannot be used as a match.  Pre-agreement design and engineering costs may be eligible, but all other projects costs and match must occur within the project period.






                                                                                                     Florence Skate Park

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SCORP & Grants

To allocate LWCF funds objectively, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Committee and staff use the Open Project Selection Process criteria to evaluate how well a project proposal falls into the 2013-2017 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
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