Virginia Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant Round Opens February 1

According to a press release from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Department has announced that it will hold an open grant round for $11 million in federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State and Local Assistance grants.  The grant round will be open from February 1 through March 15.

Eligible Land and Water Conservation Fund projects include acquisition, development, combination of acquisition and development, or rehabilitation of parks and other outdoor recreation areas.

Eligible applicants include state agencies, local units of government (state political subdivisions such as cities, counties and park authorities) and federally or state-recognized Indian tribes.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a 50-50 percent matching reimbursement program. Grantees must be able to fund 100 percent of their project while seeking periodic reimbursements. The minimum grant award in this round will be $250,000, with a minimum total project cost of $500,000. The maximum grant award is $2 million.

An updated program manual, application materials, and applicant resources will be posted to by February 1.

An informational session and application workshop will be held on February 9 at 10 a.m. Register for the workshop at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Applications will be due via email no later than March 15 at 4 p.m.

For the complete links for the program manual and the workshop visit our website and click on this story.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 established a federal reimbursement program for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas. In Virginia, the program is administered by DCR on behalf of the National Park Service. The program represents a federal, state and local partnership. A key feature of the program is that all Land and Water Conservation Fund-assisted areas must be maintained and opened, in perpetuity, as public outdoor recreation areas. This requirement ensures their use for future generations.

For more information, contact the DCR Recreation Grants Team via email at

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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