Land and Water Conservation Fund

  • The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

    Michigan's 2018-2022 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) assesses the existing outdoor recreation facilities and resources and growing demands for recreation activities and evaluates national and state trends. The plan establishes priority strategies for achieving outdoor recreation goals and provides guidance for the next five years for all levels of government in Michigan and their local outdoor recreation partners and stakeholders.

    Michigan's 2018-2022 SCORP


    Applications are evaluated using established criteria and alignment with Michigan's Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The criteria used to evaluate the projects is Need for the Project, Site and Project Quality, Applicant History, Financial Need of the Applicant, Quality of the Overall Park Design, Project Facilities/Scope Items and Universal Access Design. Detailed information on the scoring criteria and application requirements can be found in the Recreation Grants Application Guidelines booklet. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) makes recommendations to the National Park Service (NPS) on which applications to fund, and the NPS gives final approval.

    Applicant Eligibility:

    Any unit of government, including Native American tribes, school districts, or any combination of units in which authority is legally constituted to provide recreation. Applicants must have a DNR-approved community five-year recreation plan to be eligible.

    Application Process:

    1. Submittal of a grant application in MiGrants
    2. Evaluation by DNR staff
    3. Recommendation by the DNR to the NPS
    4. Final approval of project by the NPS


    Applications must be submitted in MiRecGrants no later than April 1 each year. To be eligible to apply for a recreation grant, the 5-year recreation plan must be submitted on or before February 1 of the application year.

    Dollar Amount Available:

    The minimum grant request amount is $30,000 and the maximum grant request amount is $500,000

    Source of Funds:

    Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund


    Part 703 of P.A. 451 of 1994, as amended


    Program Manager: Christie Bayus 517-284-5923, or Grants Management Staff