The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program is a federal program authorized by Congress for the purpose of acquiring federal lands and assisting states and local governments with funds to acquire lands and develop and renovate outdoor recreation facilities. LWCF funds are appropriated by Congress to the U. S. Department of the Interior, National Parks Service (NPS), and NPS allocates the funds through state agencies as a grant program to state and local governments.
The LWCF Program, first authorized in 1965, has resulted in Georgia receiving over $105 million in matching funds. Funding for the program during the late 1980s and early to mid 1990s was in short supply and in the late 1990s there were no appropriations. Through the efforts of many dedicated individuals and organizations throughout Georgia and the nation, the trend was reversed. Georgia received $5.6 million for federal fiscal year 2020 and the new trend is expected to continue.
Eligible applicants are defined as qualified local governments (as determined by the Department of Community Affairs) and constituted recreation authorities/commissions who are in good standing with LWCF. All eligible applicants must complete a pre-application online. Following the competitive pre-application phase, successful applicants will be invited to complete a second-level application.
LaVern Turner, Grants Specialist
Phone: (404) 463-8393
Antoinette Norfleet, Grants Manager
Phone: (404) 463-8629
Taylor Brown, Grants Chief
Phone: (404) 463-8601