Last year the LWCF act was renewed for three years, with potentially more funding. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT)is accepting applications for Federal grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund until April 15, 2017. The program provides 50 percent reimbursement to selected outdoor recreation projects that are sponsored by political subdivisions and other appropriate public agencies. Since 1965, Kansas has received over $50 million and funded approximately 700 LWCF projects in nearly every county. Qualifying projects include development and/or acquisition of outdoor facilities for the purpose of public recreation.
Upon receiving 2017 applications, KDWPT will review each project to confirm that it is in accord with the eligibility requirements specified in the LWCF guidelines. Eligible projects will include all required documentation, and meet needs identified in the 2015 Kansas Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
The proposal Description and Environmental Screening Form (PD/ESF) is required for all applications. A PDF version of the PD/ESF is included in the LWCF manual, which can be downloaded from the Grant Applications page of the KDWPT website. Please answer each question directly and thoroughly, and be sure to make reference to supporting documentation where necessary.
The Federal Standard Forms (SF-424) for Budget Information and Compliance Assurance are also required. These forms can be obtained at the National Park Service LWCF website. Please pay close attention to which forms are required for construction projects, and which are required for non-construction projects. For more guidance on project eligibility and required documentation, please download the Kansas LWCF Manual on the Grant Applications page of this website. The manual includes a checklist for all application material to be submitted.
For more information, contact Kati Westerhaus, LWCF Grant Coordinator, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Avenue, Pratt, KS 67124 at 620-672-5911.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Trails Advisory Board will hold a public meeting Monday, November 14, 2016, at the Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th Street N, Wichita, Kansas, for the purpose of hearing and discussing projects previously submitted for funding under the Recreational Trails Fund Act. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Signs on the premises will provide directions to the meeting room. Persons interested in commenting on projects should attend this meeting. Grant applicants are encouraged to attend and discuss their proposals. Time for comments will be limited. Final decisions about proposals will not be made at this meeting. The Board will evaluate and make recommendations after reviewing all applications.
For more information, contact Kathy Pritchett, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Avenue, Pratt, Kansas 67124, at 620-672-5911. If notified in advance, the department will have an interpreter available for the hearing impaired. To request an interpreter, call the TDD Service at 1-800-766-3777. An individual with a disability may request other accommodations by contacting Kathy Pritchett at 620-672-5911. The meeting room is accessible.
The House and Senate have passed a five-year transportation bill creating the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that has been signed by the President, leaving Recreational Trails intact. If analysis of the final bill reveals relevant changes, we will post those here. Otherwise, we will accept applications for the Recreational Trail Program grants till August 1 of each year. Applications received by August 1 of each year will be considered for funding available in the next go-round of grant awards. A downloadable application is provided at the link below.
The grant program provides eighty percent matching funds, on a reimbursement basis, for eligible recreational trail and trail-related projects. Your application must include the completed forms available for download below and a detailed cost breakdown along with a detailed site plan. This program is very similar to the Land and Water Conservation Program. Many of the same guidelines, forms and documentation will be utilized. Generally, overhead or administrative costs will not be funded from this program, but a portion of these costs may be used as part of the local match. The objective of the program is to get trails and trail facilities on the ground and not to fund administration. The local match must be detailed on the application form and may not be from any other Federal source. All projects selected must fall into one or more of three categories: motorized, non-motorized, or diversified recreational trail or trail-related projects. Proposals that provide for improved ADA and environmental impacts will receive a high priority. Projects that provide for motorized recreation activities are encouraged, as 30% of the funding is to be devoted to motorized projects.
For applications, download the PDF files in Grant Applications or for additional questions contact KDWPT by clicking on Grant Questions. For questions not answered in the FAQ’s or for more information, contact Kathy Pritchett, Trails Grant Coordinator, Kansas Department of Wildlife,Parks and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Avenue, Pratt, Kansas 67124, at 620-672-5911.