Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Land & Water Conservation Fund

The Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a federal grants program established by the Land & Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965. LWCF encourages a full partnership between national, state and local governments in planning and funding outdoor recreation projects.

LWCF has two parts, the “state-side” which funds state and local projects, and the “federal-side” which funds federal land purchases. Montana State Parks administers only the “state-side,” the state and local portion of LWCF.

The 2020-2024 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) provides guidance to direct Montana’s state-side apportionment of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program.

Examples of eligible projects include: ball fields, open space acquisitions, public parks, outdoor swimming pools, playgrounds, picnic facilities, walking trails and more.

Maximum Award Amount

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Cost Matching


Reimbursement program.  Applicant must certify it has 100% of project funds.

Eligible Applicants

Political subdivision of the state or sovereign Indian National.  Includes incorporated cities, towns, counties, school districts, state agencies and tribal governments.

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