Land and Water Conservation Fund

Hawk Island
Land and Water Conservation Fund Projects funded in 2009

Forms and Publications
Click on the link for forms and publications for both applicants or grantees.

Complete project list 
Access the National Park Service's website and a list of grants awarded in Michigan since 1965.  Projects are grouped by county.

Program Objective(s):

The objective is to provide grants to local units of government and to the state to develop land for outdoor recreation.


Applications are evaluated using four criteria:  project need, applicant history, site and project quality, and alignment with the state's recreation plan.  In 2010, the fourth criterion is how well a project aligns with Michigan's Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and is cumulative among the following categories: trails, community outdoor recreation, green technology in outdoor recreation, universal access or coordination and cooperation among recreation providers.  This criterion was developed based on the 2008-2012 Michigan Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).  At least 50% of the total project cost in local match is required from local government applicants.  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) makes recommendations to the National Park Service (NPS) on which applications to fund and NPS grants final approval.  Detailed information on all four criteria can be found in the "Recreation Grants Application Guidelines" booklet.

The DNRE's use of federal Land and Water Conservation Funds is guided by the SCORP, which was developed by the DNRE and approved by NPS.  Projects selected for funding must be consistent with the content of the SCORP. 

Applicant Eligibility:

Any unit of government, including Native American tribes, school districts, or any combination of units in which authority is legally constituted to provide recreation.  Local units of government, tribes, school districts, and local authorities must have a DNRE-approved community five-year recreation plan to be eligible.

Application Process:

1.      Submittal of a community recreation plan

2.      Submittal of a grant application

3.      Evaluation by DNRE staff

4.      Recommendation by the DNRE to the NPS

5.      Final approval of project by the NPS


Applications must be submitted to Grants Management and postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than April 1, 2010.  To be eligible to apply for a recreation grant, the applicant's recreation plan must be received by Grants Management on or before the grant application deadline of April 1, 2010.  To meet this deadline, it is recommended that applicants submit locally adopted recreation plans to Grants Management at least one month prior to the application deadline. 


Grant awards are dependent on NPS approval, but in general grant awards can be made 9 to 12 months after the application deadline. 

Dollar Amount(s) Available:

The minimum grant request amount is $30,000 and the maximum grant request amount is $100,000

Source(s) of Funds:

Federal  Land  and Water Conservation Fund


Part 703 of P.A. 451 of 1994, as amended


Grants Management/Christie Bayus,

Fiscal Year 2010 Funding Available:

$533,046 for grants to local units of government, $533,046 for grants to Department of Natural Resources and Environment divisions