Grants to Missouri governmental agencies and public schools to develop and acquire outdoor recreation areas that are accessible to the public. The purpose of the program is to create and sustain high-quality outdoor recreation facilities and areas in the state and to maintain and protect local recreation resources.
All LWCF-assisted projects must be maintained in a state of outdoor recreation and open to the public in perpetuity. No grant funding will be awarded to projects which, in whole or in part, will not be open to the public. Eligible LWCF projects include the following broad categories. Acquisition of land for outdoor recreation. These include the acquisition of land and waters or partial rights to them. Proposed acquisitions of interests in lands and waters of less than fee simple title, including leasehold interests, are not eligible unless such lesser rights (e.g., permanent recreation use easements or similar devices) will ensure access to the public in perpetuity. Development/construction of new outdoor recreational amenities and support facilities needed by the public for recreational use of an area. A combination of both acquisition of land and development/construction of new outdoor facilities. Rehabilitation, restoration, and/or repair of existing recreational amenities and support facilities. Rehabilitation means extensive repair needed to bring a facility up to standards suitable for public use, but does not mean routine maintenance. Scoring criteria places emphasis on:
The applicant’s ability to complete the grant project and maintain the site in perpetuity as required under Section 6(f)(3) of the LWCF Act;The site’s suitability for protection under Section 6(f)(3) of the LWCF Act;How well developed the project proposal is, including acquisition and scope of work;How the project will meet unmet recreational needs within the community or area;Whether the project provides opportunities for underserved populations, such as elderly, minority, low-income, physically challenged or other special populations;How the project aligns with a priority listed in Missouri’s SCORP, which is the framework for the planning, development, management and protection of Missouri’s outdoor recreation resources;Whether the project demonstrates strong public support and indication of need, solicited through public comment forums;The use of partnerships and donations to show project support and offset project costs;A detailed and complete project budget;What assurances the project sponsor can provide that there is adequate funding and manpower to complete the project within the established timeframe; andThe applicant’s effects on the environment as identified in the Environmental Resources Survey. For a list of eligible project types, see: https://mostateparks.com/sites/mostateparks/files/2022_LWCF_OPSP_Final.pdf#page=24.Eligible costs can be found at https://mostateparks.com/sites/mostateparks/files/2022_LWCF_OPSP_Final.pdf#page=51.