OPRD Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Land & Water Conservation Fund Grants

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Salem, Ore. - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has officially opened the grant cycle for the 2018 Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). More than $3 million in assistance is available for development and rehabilitation of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities, as well as land acquisition. Eligible recipients include cities, counties, METRO, ports, park and recreation districts, tribes and state agencies.

The application deadline is March 2, 2018. The online grant application, along with instructions and other forms, is here: www.oregon.gov/oprd/grants. Returning applicants should use their account username and password. New applicants must request an account by going to oprdgrants.org.

OPRD will conduct two workshops in January 2018 to familiarize applicants with the grant process. The first is an in-person session on Jan. 9, 10:00 a.m. to noon in Salem. The second workshop is a webinar on Jan. 10, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Content at both workshops will be the same. Registration is required for both. Contact Michele Scalise, OPRD lead grant program coordinator, at michele.scalise@oregon.gov.

The Land & Water Conservation Fund grants provide assistance to state and local governments for acquiring and developing public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Since 1964, this national grant has awarded more than $55 million for Oregon recreational areas and facilities.