Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grants


Federal funding available for LWCF grants is a maximum of $500,000 per project, with a minimum 50% match. Grants are open to any local government, city and county, and public school.

Eligible projects must be open to the public at reasonable times. Project examples include but are not limited to:

  • Playgrounds.
  • Ball fields.
  • Pools and water parks.
  • Archery and shooting ranges.
  • Camping facilities.
  • Picnic areas.
  • Golf courses.
  • Boating and fishing facilities.
  • Trails.
  • Passive areas.

Grant selection Process:

The application period for 2023 LWCF grants is now OPEN. Review the Open Project Selection Process before filling out an application. Then complete an electronic application by answering each question as fully as possible without exceeding the space allocated for the question. Hand-written applications will not be accepted. A draft application may be emailed to by Oct. 19, 2022, for a courtesy review by Grants Management staff. For the final application packet, mail two hard copies of the application plus all supporting documents listed in the application. Application packets must be postmarked on or before Nov. 16, 2022. Mail application packets to: Missouri State Parks, Grants Management, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176, or 1659 E. Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.  

Click here to read the news release.

Grant Application Workshop:

The 2023 LWCF Application presentation has been recorded and can be accessed by clicking here.

How to administer my LWCF Project:

To assist grant recipients with administering their grants, an administrative guide has been provided that outlines the process for submitting reimbursement requests and status reports and the process for closing out a completed project.

Post-completion requirements include installing LWCF project signs, making regular inspections and maintaining all ADA requirements. Signs can be ordered by calling Missouri Vocational Enterprises at 573-751-6663 or 800-392-8486.

Past Administration Guides

2020 LWCF Project Administration Guide

2019 LWCF Project Administration Guide

2018 LWCF Project Administration Guide

Sample Projects:

The City of Clinton recently shared an amazing time-lapse video showing the construction of its Kids’ World Playground project, funded by LWCF. Click here to view.

This is just one example of how Missouri State Parks is helping to provide outstanding recreational opportunities to Missouri citizens. Additional projects are listed below.

FY2020 Funded Grants

City of Farmington "Play it Forward in the Parkland" All Inclusive Playground $182,640.00
City of Lathrop City Park Accessible Playground $250,000.00
City of Marceline Marceline Park Improvements Phase I $118,170.00
City of Potosi Potosi City Park Universal Playground Renovation $252,590.00
City of Naylor Judson Ward Park Revitalization Project $42,000.00
City of Princeton Princeton Ball Fields $250,000.00
Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation Pleasant Lea Park Renovations $250,000.00
Village of Rhineland Stiers Memorial Park $101,260.00
Van-Far R-I School District Van-Far Track Renovation $250,000.00
City of Raytown Kenagy Park Tennis Court Renovation $187,500.00
City of Rogersville Rogersville City Park Splash Pad and Pavilion $92,125.00
City of Salem Salem Soccer Field Complex Development $250,000.00
City of Ballwin New Ballwin Park Playground $50,000.00
Board of Commissioners of Tower Grove Park Tower Grove Park: Community Basketball Courts $250,000.00
City of West Plains Butler All-Inclusive Children's Park $250,000.00
City of Poplar Bluff Hillcrest and Linc Park Improvements Projects $68,513.00
City of Raymore Hawks Nest All-Inclusive Park $250,000.00
City of Cameron Cameron Community Park $250,000.00
City of Ashland Ashland Ballfield Rehabilitation $41,251.00

FY2019 Funded Grants

City of Truesdale Bruer Park Development $118,250
Malden R-1 Schools District High School Community Track $113,029
Springfield Public Schools District Mr. Nick's Playground $200,000
City of Kearney Lions Memorial Park Renovation $250,000
Cape Girardeau County South Park Playground Improvements $102,185
City of Stockton Total Family Destination $29,398
Blue Eye R-V School District Blue Eye Track $150,000
City of Warsaw Drake Harbor Recreation Area Playground $68,341
Jackson R-2 School District Move It, Move It for Learning $45,000
City of Tipton Gene & Ollie Mae Knipp Pavilion $75,000
City of Houston West Side Park Pool $250,000
City of Cottleville McAuley's Playground Bathrooms & Pavilion $53,357
City of Crestwood Whitecliff Park Quarry Enhancement $125,000
City of Dohiphan Riverfront Park Improvements $26,321
City of Columbia Phillips Park Tennis & Pickleball $250,000
City of Kirksville Rotary Park Playground $39,4000
City of Jackson Brookside Park Ball Field $80,000
City of Liberty Place Liberte Park Field $50,000

FY2018 Funded Grants

Grant City Grant City Golf Course $250,000
City of Excelsior Springs Rainbow Splash Park $250,000
Fulton Public School Elementary Playgrounds $42,467
Community Opportunities Phase I - Kiwanis Park - All Inclusive Playground $250,000
City of Brunswick Herring Memorial Park Renovation $42,200
De Soto School District #73 De Soto All Inclusive Playground Development $176,400
Carl Junction R-1 School District Resurfacing and All Inclusive Playground Development $250,000
City of Clinton City of Clinton All Inclusive Playground Project $250,000
Sotland County R-1 School District Scotland County Community Track Renovation $232,060
City of Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department Huckleberry Pond Renovation $184,171
Jackson County, Missouri Blue River Parkway Recreational Area Improvement Project $225,000

LWCF Grant Projects by County:

Click on the county below to see LWCF projects completed in that county.

Adair Dallas Livingston Randolph
Andrew Daviess Macon Ray
Atchison Dekalb Madison Reynolds
Audrain Dent Maries Ripley
Barry Douglas Marion Saline
Barton Dunklin McDonald Schuyler
Bates Franklin Mercer Scotland
Benton Gasconade Miller Scott
Bollinger Gentry Mississippi Shannon
Boone Greene Moniteau Shelby
Buchanan Grundy Monroe St. Charles
Butler Harrison Montgomery St. Clair
Caldwell Henry Morgan St. Francois
Callaway Hickory New Madrid St. Louis County
Camden Holt Newton St. Louis City
Cape Girardeau Howard Nodaway Ste. Genevieve
Carroll Howell Oregon Stoddard
Carter Iron Osage Stone
Cass Jackson Ozark Sullivan
Cedar Jasper Pemiscot Taney
Chariton Jefferson Perry Texas
Christian Johnson Pettis Vernon
Clark Knox Phelps Warren
Clay Laclede Pike Washington
Clinton Lafayette Platte Wayne
Cole Lawrence Polk Webster
Cooper Lewis Pulaski Worth
Crawford Lincoln Putnam Wright
Dade Linn Ralls  

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