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The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program

Land & Water Conservation Fund

Funding Amount

$300,000 – $10 million

Matching Funds

Matching grants (1:1) are available

Funding Cycle

Application deadline was May 31, 2023. Unknown when applications will re-open


Funds can be used for for the acquisition and/or development of, or to substantially renovate obsolete, public parks and other outdoor recreation spaces

Matching grants (1:1) are available to help acquire and/or develop public land for all manner of outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, camping, unstructured play, picnicking, cycling, field and court sports, fishing, bird watching, swimming, paddling, and skating. Funds can be used for directly recreational facilities as well as some supporting facilities and infrastructure such as restrooms/bathhouses, cabins, pool houses, lighting, parking areas, etc. when part of a larger project to develop recreation facilities

Who Can Apply

ORLP projects must meet the same requirements as projects supported by the LWCF formula grant program, including the requirement that the assisted site be maintained and accessible exclusively for public outdoor recreation use, in perpetuity. This applies to the assisted park or area as a whole, not just the area assisted with funds

To be eligible, projects must be directly located in communities that are:
- low-income
- lack adequate parks or other outdoor recreation spaces

Additional Eligibility Requirements

Apply through



Additional Information

Entities interested in seeking funding under the ORLP program should contact their State Lead Agency to get details about their State’s process for selecting and nominating projects to the National Park Service’s national competition

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