General Program Information for Land and Water Conservation Fund

Applications are evaluated using four criteria: project need, applicant history, site and project quality, and alignment with the state's recreation plan. 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 2013-2017 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 (DNR) 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 DNR's use of federal Land and Water Conservation Funds is guided by the SCORP, which was developed by the DNR 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 DNR-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 DNR staff
  4. Recommendation by the DNR to the NPS
  5. Final approval of project by the NPS

Applications must be submitted to Grants Management in MiRecGrants no later than April 1, each year. To be eligible to apply for a recreation grant, the applicant's recreation plan must be received by Grants Management on or before March 1, of the application year.

Dollar Amount(s) Available:
The minimum grant request amount is $30,000 and the maximum grant request amount is $300,000

Source(s) of Funds:
Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund

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

Grants Management/Christie Bayus 517-284-5923,