Strategic Plan
2014-15 through 2018-19


Did you know?

logosm.pngHow was the LWCF Program created?

The LWCF Act was signed into law in September 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The legislation initially utilized monies generated through off shore oil exploration as a reinvestment into the national recreation infrastructure. Monies from off shore oil exploration continue to make up a percentage of the Federal funds used for the program along with monies allocated in the Federal budget. The program is administered at the National level by the US Department of Interior, in consultation with the National Park Service, regional administration located in Atlanta. The Louisiana Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation, is tasked with administration of the program for the state of Louisiana.

What is the available funding?

Monies for the LWCF are allocated through the Federal budget and then apportioned to individual states and U.S. territories through the National Park Service. LWCF and RTP is a matching fund reimbursement program. Accordingly, grant recipients must pay 100% of the cost of an item before submitting requests for reimbursement. LWCF provides for a 50/50 match.

These programs encourage donation of private funds, materials, right-of-way, and services at fair market value to be counted toward the match. However, donations of existing State or local government right-of-way cannot be credited toward the local match.

If awarded how will I get the money?

Reimbursements will be made only for those scope items that were listed on the Project Agreement and subsequent approved amendments. Normally, requests for reimbursements are processed and funds dispersed within 3 to 5 weeks.

What are the requirements for planning?

Good planning to determine the need and the approach to meet the need is essential for development of a quality recreational facility. LWCF applications are evaluated through the Open Project Selection Process (OPSP) with credit given to those applications indicating quality planning in development of the application. Projects should further a recreational goal identified by the most recent Louisiana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) or in a local/regional comprehensive plan.

What type of projects are permitted in the LWCF?

Grant recipients obtaining assistance through the LWCF may engage in projects such as:

  • Acquisition of fee simple title to property from a willing seller;
  • Construction of new outdoor recreation facilities, support elements and trails on Sponsor owned land (state, parish, or municipal lands), where a recreational need is shown;
  • Renovation or reconstruction of existing outdoor recreation facilities;
  • Structure design or engineering, site design or GPS mapping when included within professional design fees (not to exceed 10% of grant);
  • Development and site work activities such as: subgrade preparation, base course, soil sterilization, earthwork, erosion control, re-vegetation, natural and hardened surfacing, culverts, low-water crossings, bank improvements, retaining walls, guard rails, and hand rails, pedestrian bridges, boardwalks;
  • Providing access and use of facilities by persons with disabilities.

What types of projects are not permitted for assistance through LWCF?

A grant recipient may not use monies received under this Program for:

  • Planning or environmental documentation.
  • Condemnation of any kind of interest in property.
  • Construction of indoor facilities other than those that qualify as support facilities
  • Construction of facilities outside of the LWCF 6(f) boundaries
  • Construction of facilities on leased property
  • Storm water management or drainage and irrigation
  • Mitigation Plans or mitigation credits

What are the recommended LWCF project guidelines?

Projects selected for funding should:

  • Further an outdoor recreation -related goal in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) or sponsor's regional master plan;
  • Include a commitment for maintenance and long-term public access;
  • Be sponsored by a qualifying political subdivision or state agency who is also the land owner;
  • Include a commitment to starting and completing the project quickly and efficiently;
  • Plan to submit construction plans and specifications prepared and certified by registered professionals: Engineer, Architect and/or Landscape Architect who insure that the plans and specifications meet all applicable federal, state and local codes, current engineering standards and meet all ADA standards; that health, safety, durability and economy received consideration consistent with the scope and objectives of the project.

For more information about the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program, consult the National Park Service website and the LWCF Manual.



Division of Outdoor Recreation
Office of State Parks
P.O. Box 44426
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4426
1-888-677-1400 toll free phone
342-8111 in the Baton Rouge area