Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program is a federally funded grant program that provides match funds of 50% for outdoor recreation area development and acquisition. Iowa's cities and counties are eligible to participate.

Competition for LWCF funds is intense; but this program provides an excellent opportunity to develop a wide range of outdoor recreational projects that are in high demand. Popular projects in recent years have included skate parks, playgrounds, new and renovated swimming pools, sport complexes, campgrounds and multipurpose trails.

Initial screening for Section 106 clearance will be done by the IDNR in partnership with the National Park Service. All "Requests for SHPO Comment on a Project" need to be forwarded to the IDNR along with the LWCF grant application. Please be sure that all information is correct and complete. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Manken at IDNR 515-725-8488.

Grant Application Deadline:
The deadline for the 2015 grant applications need to be received in the Des Moines office by 4:30 pm Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The  grant application must be on the new form below.

New application form which must be used:
LWCF Guidelines and Application


Examples of maps required by the National Park Service for LWCF applicants
Page 1 - Detailed map of the area, this page needs to have an original signature
Page 2 - The area within the city or town
Page 3 - The city within the county with roads labeled.


The following are cities and counties that have submitted grants for LWCF for the current year and past years.

City & County LWCF Grants Funding Requests and Approvals:
2001 City and County LWCF Grants
2002 City and County LWCF Grants
2003 City and County LWCF Grants
2004 City and County LWCF Grants
2005 City and County LWCF Grants
2006 City and County LWCF Grants
2007 City and County LWCF Grants
2008 City and County LWCF Grants
2009 City and County LWCF Grants
2010 City and County LWCF Grants
2011 City and County LWCF Grants
2012 City and County LWCF Grants
2013 City and County LWCF Grants

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)
Applicants are required to show a relationship between their project and SCORP priorities.
The 2013 SCORP has been approved and must be used.

The map below includes the locations of LWCF funded projects within the State of Iowa. Click on the blue dots to view the project number, project sponsor (city/county/state), park or project name, description and the funding received.


If you are unfamiliar with LWCF, the guidelines booklet should answer most of your questions. However, if you still have questions after reviewing the booklet, feel free to contact Kathleen Moench at 515-725-8213 or Jessica Manken at 515-725-8488. You may also email questions to Jessica.Manken@dnr.iowa.gov.