Frequently Asked Questions

What is this program?
This program is known as the National Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program. The purpose of this program is to fund public outdoor recreation and planning projects in urban areas.  In Michigan, this program will be jointly administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service.

How much funding is available?
Fifteen million dollars is available nationwide this year for the entire Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Competitive Grant Program. The development recreation grants are capped at $750,000 (but no less than $250,000) per proposal. The recreation planning grants maximum grant request amount is $75,000. It is likely that between 20 to 60 grants will be awarded nationwide.

Who is eligible to apply?
State and local units of government and federally-recognized Indian tribes within or serving areas with populations of 50,000 or more people.

Do applicants need to have an approved 5-year recreation plan to be eligible?
Yes – applicants must have an approved 5-year recreation plan to be eligible to apply.

Where can projects be located?
Only projects located in jurisdictions delineated by the Census Bureau for the 2010 Census as comprising densely settled territory that contains 50,000 or more people are eligible. The following jurisdictions meet this definition and projects located within these areas are considered eligible for funding:

Ann Arbor Lansing  Sterling Heights
Battle Creek Livonia   Taylor
Canton Charter Twp.  Macomb Twp.  Troy 
Clinton Charter Twp.   Novi Warren 
Dearborn Pontiac  Waterford Charter Twp.
Dearborn Heights Rochester Hills  West Bloomfield Charter Twp.
Detroit Royal Oak Westland
Farmington Hills Saginaw Wyoming
Flint Shelby Charter Twp. Ypsilanti Charter Twp.
Grand Rapids Southfield  
Kalamazoo St. Clair Shores  


What projects are eligible?
Eligible projects that create or reinvigorate parks and other outdoor recreation spaces to encourage people, especially youth, to connect or re-connect with the outdoors. Priority will be given to projects located in communities that are economically disadvantaged and are underserved in terms of outdoor recreation resources.

Where does the funding come from?
The funds come from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State and Local Assistance Program as a result of a specific directive by Congress included in the Appropriations Bill.

What is the match requirement?
The grants require a 1:1 (50%) match by the grant recipient. For example, a grant for $500,000 will require the applicant to provide $500,000 for a total project cost of $1,000,000.

What is the process?
Eligible applicants submit a paper application (this program is not included in MiRecGrants) for an eligible project by the deadline to the DNR at the address below. The DNR reviews all applications and can submit no more than two projects to the NPS. The NPS will review all applications submitted nationwide and will likely fund between 20 to 60 total projects.

What is the schedule?
Applications must be submitted to the address below and post marked no later than Friday, April 22, 2016 to be eligible for consideration.

For more information on this program go to:

If you are interested in applying for a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program, please go to: under available grants click on the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program.

Mail applications to:

Grants Management
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 West Allegan Street
P. O. Box 30425
Lansing, Mi 48909


Please contact: Grants Management Section, DNR, 517-284-7268.