Grant Opportunities

Missouri State Parks administers three federally funded grant programs and one state funded grant program related to outdoor recreation. This page provides basic information about each program. Click on the links below each section to learn more.

Grants Currently Accepting Applications

  • No grant rounds currently open at this time. Check back in mid-August for opening of 2023 LWCF grant round.
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)playground equipment with slides

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 50% match. All funded projects must be maintained in perpetuity for public outdoor recreational purposes. 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 more than $87 million for projects 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


The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP) is a grant program funded through the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. The ORLP was created in 2014 as a complement to the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program. It seeks to identify and highlight new ways of promoting opportunities for expanding outdoor play in areas with great need and supports the creation or significant renovation of state or locally-owned parks and other outdoor recreation spaces in urban areas.

For 2021, a total of $150 million nationwide are available for outdoor recreation projects (a combination of grant funds appropriated by Congress in FY20 and FY21). Eligible applicants include other state agencies and local governments such as cities, counties, and special purpose districts, such as park districts, within urbanized areas as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau and with populations of 50,000 or more residents. The Census Bureau has published maps delineating each urbanized area, which can be found at:

The project request amount is a maximum of $5 million and a minimum of $300,000. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has been designated the lead agency in Missouri. When the next grant round for ORLP is available, information about the notice of unding opportunity and application information can be submitted through the Department’s online Funding Opportunities Portal.

Application Package:
2021 National Park Service Notice of Funding Opportunity
Instructions for Applicants
Budget Narrative Attachment Form
Project Narrative Attachment Form
SF 424C
SF 424D

For your convenience, the City Parks Alliance recorded a webinar called “How Cities Can Receiving Funding from the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program.” We encourage all applicants to take advantage of this training opportunity.

If you experience any issues viewing the above National Park Service PDFs, please try opening them with the Internet Explorer web browser. You can also contact Rebecca Rost at 573-751-0848 or

Recreational Trails Program

a concrete trailThe 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 nonmotorized recreational trails.

Recreational Trails Program grants are available to local and state governments, school districts and nonprofit organizations and businesses. 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. Project sponsors must contribute a minimum match of 20% of the total cost of the project.

Missouri has received $25 million since the program began in 1993 for projects throughout the state.

More on RTP


Bus grants assist schools and nonprofit organizations with the transportation expenses of field trips and outdoor learning opportunities at Missouri state parks and historic sites. Bus grants have been made available to Missouri schools and youth-focused nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

The Bus Grant Program is currently closed. Check back in the fall.

Bus Grant Application and Instructions

For more information about the Missouri State Parks Bus Grant Program, please email


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

Grants Management Section: 
LWCF: 573-751-8661
RTP: 573-522-8773
ORLP: 573-751-0848
Bus: 573-526-0321