Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grants

Federal funding available for LWCF grants is a maximum of $150,000 per project, with a minimum 55 percent match.


Grants are open to any local government, city and county, and public school.

Park lands are held in perpetuity for outdoor recreation and cannot be converted to other use without permission from the National Park Service (NPS).  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:

To be considered for a LWCF grant, applicants must fill out an application and submit it by the deadline listed. To assist with the process, an application guide has been provided that explains the requirements of the application. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to attend a LWCF application workshop.

Grant applications are scored according to information provided on the application and supporting documentation. The projects must be consistent with the findings in Missouri’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Those applications with higher scores will receive an on-site inspection before being pre-approved at the state level. At that time the application will be forwarded to the National Park Service for review and final approval. This process may take nine to 12 months from the time the application is submitted.

How to administer my LWCF Project:

2015 LWCF Administrative Guide (PDF)

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.

Conversions of park lands are required anytime a park is no longer used for outdoor recreation. This includes road or electrical easements that may encroach on properties protected under the LWCF regulations. Please contact Grants Management if there is the possibility of a conversion. The conversion checklist states the required steps to apply for park conversion. A conversion is not automatic and will need approval by the National Park Service.

Sample Projects:

FY2015 Funded Grants

City of Cuba ADA improvements at Cuba Sports Complex $49,590
Polo R-VII School District Polo Community Track $75,000
King City R-1 School District Breckenridge Track Project $75,000
City of Waynesville Little Heroes Playground in Roubidoux Park $75,000
City of Warsaw Drake Harbor Recreation Area Improvements $56,550
City of Riverside Missouri Riverfront Trail $75,000
Princeton R-V School District Outdoor Recreational and ADA Track and Field Project $75,000
City of Park Hills Haney Park Improvements $74,394
City of Gladstone Renovate Play Surface at Oak Grove Park  $15,868

FY2014 Funded Grants

Kirksville R-III School District Northeast Missouri Inclusion Project Accessible Playground $75,000.00
Northwest Missouri State University Northwest Missouri Outdoor Classroom Project $14,203.00
Eldon R-1 School District South Elementary Playground Equipment $35,653.00
Lincoln County R-III School District Troy Middle School Tennis Courts & Trails Project $75,000.00
City of Lee's Summitt Miller J. Fields Sprayground $75,000.00
City of Perryville Viola Blechle Park Playground $64,146.00
City of Jackson Soccer Park Playground Development $9,000.00
City of West Plains Buck Park-Disc Golf Course and Park Restoration $75,000.00
City of Salisbury  Basketball Court Renovation Project $30,568.00
City of O'Fallon Tennis Court Renovations at Westhoff Park $75,000.00
City of Carterville Carterville Multi Use Recreational Facilities $54,999.00
City of Wildwood Wildwood Greenway Phase VI Trail Development $75,000.00
City of Odessa Dyer Park-Lake Venita Trail Expansion Project $75,000.00
City of Belton Memorial Park Renovations $68,047.00
City of Liberty Westboro-Canterbury Trail Redevelopment $58,500.00
Lincoln University Myrtle Smith Livingston Park Tennis Court Rehabilitation $75,000.00

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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