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Outdoor Recreation_Acquisition, Development and Planning

Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants
Number: 15.916
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.916 Outdoor Recreation_Acquisition, Development and Planning
Federal Agency (030):
National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
16 U.S.C. 460/1-4 et seq.; Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, Public Law 88-578, 78 Stat. 897, as amended; Public Law 90-401, 82 Stat. 354; Public Law 91-485, 84 Stat. 1084; Public Law 91-308, 84 Stat. 410; Public Law 92-347, 86 Stat. 460; Public Law 93-81, 87 Stat. 178; Public Law 94-422, 90 Stat. 1313; Public Law 95-42, 91 Stat. 210; Public Law 100-203, 101 Stat. 1330.
Objectives (050):
To provide financial assistance to the States and their political subdivisions for the preparation of Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans (SCORPs) and acquisition and development of outdoor recreation areas and facilities for the general public, to meet current and future needs.
Types of Assistance (060):
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Land acquisition and development grants may be used for a wide range of outdoor recreation projects, such as picnic areas, inner city parks, campgrounds, tennis courts, boat launching ramps, bike trails, swimming pools, playing fields, and support facilities such as roads, water supply, etc. Facilities must be open to the general public and not limited to special groups. Every park or outdoor recreation area acquired or developed with assistance under this program must remain available and accessible for public outdoor recreation use forever. Development of basic rather than elaborate facilities is favored. Operation and maintenance of facilities are not eligible expenses for funding. States only are also eligible to apply for grants to revise and update existing SCORPs; prepare new SCORPs; conduct statewide surveys, technical studies, data collection and analysis; and for other planning purposes that are clearly related to SCORP refinement and improvement.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
For planning grants, only the State agency formally designated by the Governor or State law as responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the SCORP is eligible to apply. (Treated as “States” for this purpose are the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.) For acquisition and development grants, the above designated agency may apply for assistance for itself, or on behalf of other State agencies or political subdivisions, such as cities, counties, and park districts. Additionally, Indian tribes that are organized to govern themselves and perform the functions of a general purpose unit of government qualify for assistance. Individuals, nonprofit organizations, and private organizations are not eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
The general public. For planning grants, same as Applicant Eligibility.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
The State Liaison Officer (SLO), who is appointed by the Governor or designated in State legislation to administer the program in the State or Territory, must provide assurance that the project is consistent with the SCORP; i.e., that it meets high priority recreation needs shown in the action program portion of the Plan. The State must have a sufficient balance of LWCF funding and the required match available for the project. The sponsoring agency must permanently dedicate the project to public outdoor recreation and assume responsibility for its operation and maintenance. SCORPs must cite the State's legal authority to participate in the Land and Water Conservation Fund program. Eligibility of costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-102 (43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C), "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments" and OMB Circular A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
The SLO has the prerogative for initial determination of project eligibility, priority need, and order of fund assistance within the State. All project proposals are submitted to the National Park Service by the SLO. Environmental impact information is required for this program; a screening form is used to determine whether an EA or EIS is necessary. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." If the State has selected the program for review, the applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires when applying for federal assistance. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. States and Territories must have a current SCORP approved by NPS to be eligible to submit grant applications. Proposals selected by the State to forward to NPS must be accompanied by the standard federal application forms required by 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Proposal budgets must comport with OMB Circulars A-87 and A-102. Basic environmental information or evaluation is required and will be assessed by the National Park Service to determine whether an environmental impact statement is needed. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." If the State has selected the program for review, the applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires when applying for federal assistance.
Award Procedure (093):
Proposals are reviewed by the NPS field office, where final action may be taken. All grants are made to the State lead agency and if applicable passed through to the project sponsor, whether State or local government.
Deadlines (094):
Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Approximately 30-60 days for acquisition and development projects; 60 days for planning projects.
Appeals (096):
State may appeal to the Secretary of the Interior.
Renewals (097):
Project agreements may be amended to change the scope, funding amount, or duration. Must be approved by the National Park Service.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Each year, States and Territories receive an overall allocation of funds based on a statutory formula. Depending on the amount appropriated by Congress, a certain percentage (forty percent of appropriations of up to $225 million, thirty percent of the next $275 million, and twenty percent of any additional appropriation) is split equally among the 51 States (for this purpose American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are treated as one State and split an apportionment). The remaining percentage is apportioned on the basis of need.
Matching Requirements: Matching Requirements: The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act requires that the share of federal funds not exceed 50 percent of the total project cost. Generally, match must be derived from State, local, or private sources, but under certain conditions all or part of the project sponsor's matching share may be from other Federal assistance programs, such as Community Development Block Grants, when such use is allowable under the other program’s sponsoring legislation. Otherwise, no other Federal funds may be applied to the project cost, even if all matching requirements are met.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Funds are available for obligation during the fiscal year in which they are appropriated and for the two following fiscal years. The assistance period for individual projects varies and may be extended but on average is three years. Complex projects may be broken down into stages, with one being initially approved and the remainder qualified for activation at a later date. Except for project preparation costs, all costs must be incurred within the project period to be eligible for reimbursement. Planning projects may not be phased. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: On an average of three years.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. All projects are monitored for progress through consolidated performance reports, which should be at least annually. State inspection reports are submitted every 5 years on completed projects stating whether the properties acquired and/or developed with fund assistance are still being used in accordance with the agreement. For planning projects, end products are specified in the application for assistance. Financial reports are required with all billings which should be at least annually. Consolidated performance reports are required which should be at least annually. Financial reports are required with all billings which should be at least annually. Consolidated performance reports are required which should be at least annually.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
Maintain records to facilitate audit, including records that fully disclose the amount and disposition of assistance; the total cost of the project; and the amount and nature of that portion of the cost supplied by other sources.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $20,268,979; FY 14 est $45,000,000; and FY 15 est $45,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range $1,000 to $768,386
Average $98,451.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: New parks created; new acres preserved for outdoor recreation purposes; new or renovated recreation facilities; enhanced access to recreation resources for children and adults with disabilities. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Regulation: 36 CFR Part 59, FR 51 No. 186, September 25, 1986 (amended June 15, 1987). The Federal Financial Assistance Manual for the Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program (vol. 69, effective 10/1/2008) is available at www.nps.gov/lwcf/ ... Program brochure available from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, MS-2225, 1849 C Street, Washington, DC 20240, free.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. http:/www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/lwcf/contact_list.html.
Headquarters Office (152):
Chief State and Local Assistance Programs Division,National Park Service, (2225), Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: LWCF_grants@nps.gov Phone: (202) 354-6900 Fax: (202) 371-5179
Website Address (153):
http://www.nps.gov/lwcf.
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: SCORP updates, playground renovations, recreation facility renovations to enhance access for people with disabilities, land acquisition for natural areas and recreation areas. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
At the Federal level each project must be in accord with a State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Beyond this, the selection of projects is made by the State Liaison Officer of each State who is responsible for the administration of the 15.916 program in his State. Each State has its own selection process and project rating system, which is approved by NPS.