Outdoor Recreation Grants

Missouri State Parks administers two federally funded grant programs for outdoor recreation, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

Grant rounds for 2016 for both programs are anticipated to begin mid-February. Check back at this time for online grant applications.

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is federally funded through the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. The program is intended to create and maintain a nationwide legacy of high-quality outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

Land and Water Conservation Fund grants are available to cities, counties and school districts to be used for outdoor recreation projects. Projects require a 55 percent match. All funded project sites are taken under perpetuity by the National Park Service and must only be used for outdoor recreational purposes and open to the public. Development and renovation projects must be maintained for a period of 25 years or the life of the manufactured goods.

Since 1965 Missouri has received over $84 million dollars for just over 1,300 grants in 900 park sites in every county in the state.

In Missouri, LWCF is currently open to local governments and public school for the acquisition, development and renovation of outdoor recreation sites.

 More on LWCF

Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is federally funded through the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The purpose of this program is to promote motorized and non-motorized recreational trails.    

Recreational Trails Program grants are available to local and state governments, school districts, for-profit and non-profit organizations, businesses and Indian tribes. Eligible project categories include constructing new recreational trails, maintaining or renovating existing trails, developing or renovating trailheads or trail amenities, acquiring land for recreational trails, or purchasing or leasing trail maintenance equipment. The grant maximum is $150,000 per project. Project sponsors must contribute a minimum match of 20 percent of the total cost of the project.

Missouri has received $23 million dollars since the program began in 1993 and has funded 342 trail projects throughout the state.

More on RTP


Missouri State Parks, Grants Management
PO Box 176
Jefferson City, MO  65102-0176                                                                                                                        

Grants Management Section: 573-751-0848

LWCF Information:  573-751-8462

RTP Information:   573-751-3442