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Land & Water Conservation Fund Recreation Grants

Land & Water Conservation Fund matching grants help local communities provide open spaces and healthy recreation places for Montana families.

About the Program

The Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a federal grants program established by the Land & Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965. LWCF encourages a full partnership between national, state and local governments in planning and funding outdoor recreation projects. 

LWCF has two parts, the "state-side" which funds state and local projects, and the "federal-side" which funds federal land purchases. Montana State Parks administers only the "state-side," the state and local portion of LWCF.

The 2020-2024 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) provides guidance to direct Montana‚Äôs state-side apportionment of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program.

Examples of eligible projects include: ball fields, open space acquisitions, public parks, outdoor swimming pools, playgrounds, picnic facilities, walking trails and more.

2021 Grant Application Cycle: CLOSED

The 2021 LWCF Program Grant Application Cycle is closed. FWP is no longer accepting pre-applications or applications. 

FWP is currently processing the pre-applications and applications submitted during the 2021 application cycle. Information about the next grant application cycle will be posted as soon as it is available." 

Application Forms and Guides

2021 Grant Application Cycle: CLOSED

FWP is no longer accepting pre-applications or applications for 2021.

Past Land and Water Conservation Fund Awards

Key Information


Sandy Crawford

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620