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 DNR in partnership with the National Park Service. All "Requests for SHPO Comment on a Project" need to be forwarded to the DNR along with the LWCF grant application. Please be sure that all information is correct and complete. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Flatt at 515-975-8569.


Grant Application Submission and Deadline:
The LWCF grant application and materials are updated on a yearly basis by January 15th. The annual deadline for the LWCF grant applications is 4:30 pm, March 15th, or the closest working day thereof. Mailed applications must be post marked by the grant submission deadline. Submit one complete grant application electronically to Jessica Flatt at jessica.flatt@dnr.iowa.gov AND mail one (1) original and one (1) copy to Jessica Flatt at:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources, LWCF Program
Wallace State Office Building
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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. These requirements take effect on May 14, 2022 (NPS deferred to January 13, 2023); however, parties may seek waivers under certain circumstances.

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

Guidelines and Application Documents:
2022 Land and Water Conservation Fund Guidelines and Application (required)

  • Cycle is now closed for 2022.

Reference Documents:


City & County LWCF Grants Funding Requests and Approvals:

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



Grant Money Allocation

The amount of LWCF grant money available to cities and counties depends on population.

The population categories and respective grant amount ceilings are shown below:


Population Maximum
0 - 1,000 $ 50,000
1,001 - 5,000 $ 75,000
5,001 - 10,000 $100,000
10,001 - 25,000 $125,000
25,001 - 50,000 $150,000
50,001 - 75,000 $175,000
Over 75,000 $200,000

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.