Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program
DEEP is currently seeking proposals for the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP). Eligible projects can be matched up to 50% with a minimum award of $300,000 and a maximum award of $10,000,000. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and the final due date for submission to DEEP is April 14, 2023. Eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and submission instructions can be found at this link. For questions contact Cameron Clegg via email at Cameron.Clegg@ct.gov. Compliance
Since the program was created in 1965, the LWCF has provided over $60 million to develop and enhance many of Connecticut’s outdoor recreational resources. Any property that has benefited from the assistance of LWCF must be maintained for outdoor public recreation. Through the acceptance of federal grant aid, recipients of LWCF funding have agreed to:
- Make the property available for public outdoor recreation;
- Maintain the project area and ensure it is accessible;
- Keep the property open for public use;
- Provide signage at the property indicating property is open for public outdoor recreation.
Outdoor Recreation Planning
In addition to its value as a planning document, the completion of SCORP satisfies a requirement of the National Park Service's LWCF, which then makes Connecticut eligible to receive its annual apportionment from the LWCF State Side program.
Connecticut's current SCORP covers the planning period of 2017 through 2022 and identifies the following outdoor recreation goals:
Connecticut’s 2017-2022 Outdoor Recreation Goals
Goal 1: Protect, conserve, and manage Connecticut’s natural, cultural, and historical resources as they support outdoor recreation.
Goal 2: Provide clean, safe, well-maintained outdoor recreation areas and facilities.
Goal 3: Ensure that all residents and visitors can locate and access all outdoor recreation areas and facilities.
Goal 4: Promote healthy lifestyles through increased participation in outdoor recreation.
The National Park Service's LWCF is one of several programs that works to benefit outdoor recreation in Connecticut. For more information about outdoor recreation in Connecticut, please see the following links.
State Parks and Forests
Connecticut Rail Trail Explorer
Open Space in Connecticut
Connecticut Coastal Access Guide
No Child Left Inside®
Content Last Updated: February 2023