A Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) news release (2018-10-03) announced that the window for county and municipal governments to apply for grant funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund runs through December 18, 2018. All projects submitted for funding must be directly related to public outdoor recreation.
The Fund is managed by the National Park Service and provides up to $800,000 to counties and municipalities through a 50 percent matching fund. Proposals covered by the Fund include the acquisition, development and maintenance of outdoor recreational areas and facilities. This can include athletic fields, playgrounds, fishing piers, playgrounds, boat launches. From the news release:
“I encourage communities across Maryland to take advantage of this grant opportunity aimed at enhancing outdoor recreation and overall quality of life,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “If you are working to recruit and retain a solid base of businesses, residents or visitors, perhaps it’s time to consider adding or expanding an outdoor amenity or facility, be it a bike trail or boat ramp.” …
Two local examples of Land and Water Conservation Fund-approved projects:
Cecil County was awarded $200,000 for the Bittersweet Development, a project that includes trail renovations, a playground and fitness equipment at Brantwood Park.
Wicomico County was awarded $820,000 for Pirate’s Wharf Development, a project that includes a master plan, boat launch, playground, trails, picnic pavilion and bathrooms.
The December 18, 2018, deadline is for the submission of preliminary applications.