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Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota State Parks and Recreation Director Katie Ceroll announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Public outdoor recreation projects sponsored by city, county, township and tribal governments are eligible to receive the grant money.

“Outdoor recreation is important to a healthy community,” Ceroll said. “The variety of recreational activities that local parks have to offer allows families to spend time together close to home.”

The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for approved outdoor recreation projects.

“Grants will be awarded for development or renovation of public outdoor recreation facilities or the acquisition of park land,” Ceroll said. “The grants will be a minimum of $10,000 and the maximum will be $75,000 in federal funds. There will be $425,000 available to award to projects.” Application packets are available online at gfp.sd.gov. The application deadline is Dec. 8, 2017.

The Department of Game, Fish and Parks will work with successful grant applicants to assist in complying with new federal grant reporting and monitoring requirements and new state internal control and conflict-of-interest requirements.

LWCF funds are federal dollars that are apportioned to states by Congress to fund public outdoor recreation projects. For more information contact grants coordinator Randy Kittle at 605.773.5490 or email randy.kittle@state.sd.us.


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.