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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

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

The LWCF 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, campgrounds and multipurpose trails.

The application and approval process for this program is lengthy; applicants should plan for 12-24 months from time of application before grant agreements are executed and construction can begin. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Flatt at 515-975-8569.

Grant Application Submission and Deadline:

2024 LWCF Grant Cycle:
The LWCF application due date for the 2024 grant cycle is June 15, 2024. Questions should be directed to Jessica Flatt at or 515-975-8569. Grant cycle closed for 2024.

Mailed applications must be post marked by the grant submission deadline.

Submit one complete grant application electronically to Jessica Flatt at AND mail one (1) originalto Jessica Flatt at:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources, LWCF Program
6200 Park Ave Ste 200
Des Moines, Iowa 50321

With the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Federal financial assistance programs for infrastructure must comply with domestic content procurement preference requirements established in the “Build America, Buy America Act” at Section 70911 et seq. (“Buy America”). Buy America’s domestic content procurement preference applies to all of the iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used for infrastructure projects under an award.

For more information: “Buy America” Domestic Sourcing Guidance and Waiver Process for DOI Financial Assistance Agreements.

Guidelines and Application Documents:

Reference Documents:

City & County LWCF Grants Funding Requests and Approvals:

LWCF funded projects within the State of Iowa

This map 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.