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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 LWCF Grant Cycle

The 2021 Application Cycle will open on November 16 and will accept applications on a rolling basis through November 2021.

New, updated application materials, including application forms and detailed instructions, will be posted here as soon as they are ready. Check back for updated information.

Application Forms and Guides

Past Land and Water Conservation Fund Awards

Key Information


Michelle McNamee
Outdoor Recreation Program Manager
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
PO Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-7642