Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will grant approximately $403,556 in federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Program funding to local public outdoor recreation projects this spring.Project applications, due June 30, may include facilities such as ball fields, campgrounds, golf courses, ice skating ponds, picnic facilities, tennis courts, playground equipment, and walking trails.
"Applications for this funding will be reviewed and rated by a selection committee using a standard set of criteria and those ranking highest will be awarded the funding," said Walt Timmerman, Resource Program Manager for FWP's Montana State Parks division which administers the program. Cities, counties and school districts will receive a mailing with the program details soon.
The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Program (LWCF), established in 1965, encourages a partnership between national, state and local governments in planning and funding outdoor recreation."Since 1965, Montana has received over $31 million for outdoor recreation projects," Timmerman said."The maximum grant per project is $75,000 and this grant may provide up to 50 percent of a local project's costs."A project sponsor must have its share of the total project costs committed at the time the application is submitted.
A sponsor may use, as its share of project costs, agency work force account, cash, and in some cases, land. Volunteer services and donated material, though encouraged, cannot be used to match the grant.Other requirements are:
For further information, contact Walt Timmerman, Resource Program Manager for Montana State Parks at 406-444-3753.Interested potential sponsors may also want to check the LWCF web page on the FWP web site at fwp.state.mt.us/parks/parks.htm for applications and other information.