Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grants

Federal funding availability for LWCF grants varies each year; in recent years the maximum amount awarded per project sponsor has been $75,000 with 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 can not 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:

  • Grant applications are scored according information provided on the application and supporting documentation.  Applications are scored in accordance with Open Project Selection Process (OPSP) as required by the National Park Service (NPS). The projects must be consistent with the findings in Missouri’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Those applicants with the 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 NPS 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:

LWCF Administrative Guide (Microsoft Word format)
LWCF Administrative Guide (PDF)

Post Completion Requirements include signage (signs can be ordered by calling 573-522-2927), regular Inspections; and mainten all ADA guidelines.

Conversions of park lands are required anytime your park is no longer used for outdoor recreation. This includes road or electrical easements that may encroach on properties projected under the 6(F) regulations. Please contact our office if you have 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:

Melaina Playland, Cape Girardeau Playground, Joplin Lea McKeighan Sand Volleyball, Lee's Summit
Shelter, West Plains Amphitheater, Warsaw Skatepark, Ava

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

FY2013 Funded Grants

Project Sponsor

Project Name

Grant Amount

City Of Columbia

Woodridge Park Improvement Project


City Of Independence

McCoy Park Inclusive Play Project


City Of Jefferson City

Frog Hollow Greenway Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge


City Of California

Proctor Park Renovation Project


City Of University City

Millar Park Trail Improvements Project


City Of St. Joseph

Hyde Park Baseball Complex


City Of Peculiar

Raisbeck Nature Trail


City Of Waynesville

Roubidoux Park ADA Pathway Enhancement


City Of Caruthersville

Playground Equipment For Developmentally Delayed


City Of Sheldon

Sheldon Park Improvement Effort


City of Cottleville Legacy Park Phase II $57,400.00
City of Maryville Mozingo Lake Boat Dock $18,017.00

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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