Land & Water Conservation Fund Grants

Announcement

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has decided to delay the 2022-2023 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant cycle until issues and uncertainty with the grant program are resolved.  The issues relate to changes in the required documents for the federal application, the impact of the Build America, Buy America Act on the program, and a current backlog of unapproved projects.  Note: the availability of grant funds is not of concern. 

By allowing time for the issues to be resolved, applicants can expect reliable information and expectations.  During this down period, applicants are encouraged to become familiar with the pre-application requirements, in particular the criteria questions. 

Educational webinars will still be offered prior to opening the grant cycle.  However, our staff is always available to answer your questions.  Feel free to contact LaVern Turner at 404.463.8393 or lavern.turner@dnr.ga.gov.  You can also contact Antoinette Norfleet at 404.463.8629 or antoinette.norfleet@dnr.ga.gov

Applications are not being accepted at this time.  Material on this website is for informational purposes only. Documents and requirements could change once the cycle opens.  However, feel free to review and become familiar with the content for planning purposes.


Overview

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program is a federal program authorized by Congress for the purpose of acquiring federal lands and assisting states and local governments with funds to acquire lands and develop and renovate outdoor recreation facilities.  LWCF funds are appropriated by Congress to the U. S. Department of the Interior, National Parks Service (NPS), and NPS allocates the funds through state agencies as a grant program to state and local governments. 

The LWCF Program, first authorized in 1965, has resulted in Georgia receiving over $105 million in matching funds.  Funding for the program during the late 1980s and early to mid 1990s was in short supply and in the late 1990s there were no appropriations.  Through the efforts of many dedicated individuals and organizations throughout Georgia and the nation, the trend was reversed. Georgia received $5.6 million for federal fiscal year 2020 and the new trend is expected to continue.

In order to efficiently administer the grant funds, LWCF is moving to a bi-annual grant cycle.  With two years of allocations to award, an estimate of $7 million will be available to local governments. 

To ensure that only high caliber projects are awarded grants, DNR reserves the right to set minimum scores.  If there is an insufficient number of high-scoring, high caliber projects, DNR may delay grant awards and solicit new grant applications/proposals the following grant cycle.

Eligible applicants are defined as qualified local governments (as determined by the Department of Community Affairs) and constituted recreation authorities/commissions who are in good standing with LWCF.   All eligible applicants must complete a pre-application online. Paper applications will not be accepted.  Following the competitive pre-application phase, successful applicants will be invited to complete a second-level application.

Reminders

  • LWCF requires a 50% match for all grant request.
  • The minimum grant request is $25,000 ($50,000 total project).
  • The maximum grant request is $500,000 ($1,000,000 total project).
  • Only one application can be submitted for an LWCF project per jurisdiction.
  • Applicants may submit pre-applications for both LWCF and the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program, but applications must be for separate projects. 

 


Tutorial Videos

 

 


Formal Application Workshop Videos

 


Contact Us

LaVern Turner, Grants Specialist

404.463.8393  |  lavern.turner@dnr.ga.gov

 

Ouicia Jolly, Compliance Specialist

404.463.8632  ouicia.jolly@dnr.ga.gov

 

Antoinette Norfleet, Grants Manager

404.463.8629  |  antoinette.norfleet@dnr.ga.gov

 

Taylor Brown, Grants Chief

404.463.8601 |  taylor.brown@dnr.ga.gov

 

 

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