Recording / Celebrating Your Community’s LWCF Award and Completion
A Roadmap to Successfully Accessing Funding through the Land & Water, Conservation Fund (LWCF)
Celebrating Your Community’s LWCF Award & Completion
In August of 2020, via the Great American Outdoor Act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was permanently funded at $900 million annually, offering funding opportunities for eligible projects to support land acquisition, recreational facility improvements and park planning projects. The National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers (NASORLO) have developed a roadmap and a variety of resources to help you navigate the requirements and outline the process for submitting a standout project application for your state’s LWCF State Assistance Program. Every project starts with a great idea! Case examples will offer a step-by-step roadmap through the planning process, project completion, and sustainability phases and arm you for success.
- Summarize the LWCF funding expectations after being awarded and for long term sustainability and compliance.
- List important considerations to take as you prepare for the completion of your project.
- Summarize a community case example that used LWCF funding to deploy evidence-based best practices to support health and wellness.
- List three helpful resources to assist in project completion, celebration, and sustainability.
Grant Manager / Land and Water Conservation Fund Program
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Antoinette was born and raised in the middle Tennessee area. She received an accounting degree from Middle Tennessee State University and began her professional career with the Tennessee State Parks system as an accountant. She later moved to Georgia and began working for Georgia State Parks within the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
She has held various positions within DNR, and currently serves as the Grants Program Manager and Alternate State Liaison Officer for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). She is responsible for selecting and awarding the LWCF grants as well as overseeing the compliance aspect after grant completion. Some of her proudest career achievements include dispelling camping myths by introducing the first-time camper concept to management, being a part of the team that won the inaugural SCORP Excellence award in 2009 and being a board member of the National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers.
Park Planner / Greensboro Parks and Recreation
City of Greensboro
Vonda Martin currently serves as the Park Planner for the City of Greensboro. Collectively, Vonda has 30+ years of experience in the field of Parks and Recreation. Over the years, she has worked in the corporate, non-profit, private, and public sectors. This includes time served as a consultant with North Carolina State University’s (NCSU’s) Recreation Resources Service and Director of the Armfield Civic and Recreation Center in Pilot Mountain, NC. Vonda obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation from Catawba College and a Master of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from NCSU. She is active in the profession as the co-founder of the Women’s LeadHERship Workshop, an advisory committee member of Haw River State Park, a member of NRPA, NCRPA, and Friends of Mountain-To-Sea Trail. She is the first practitioner to be a chapter author, Physical Resource and Environmental Planning for the Management of Parks and Recreation Agencies – 5th Edition, sponsored by the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) with Brie Hensold. She is has a passion for improving outdoor recreational opportunities for all, is married to Dale Smith and they live in Chapel Hill.
Planning and Project Development Division Manager / Greensboro Parks and Recreation
City of Greensboro
Shawna currently serves as the Planning and Project Development Division Manager from the City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department. In this role, she manage the departmental efforts in the areas of strategic and long-range planning, Capital Improvement Program, Capital Life Cycle Plan, and recreational bond referendums with regards to open space, greenways, trails, parkland and facilities
Shawna completed her undergraduate degree at the University of NC at Wilmington majoring in Political Science with minors in Spanish and International Affairs. Shawna moved to Greensboro a year after completing her undergraduate degree to complete a Masters in Public Affairs at the University of NC at Greensboro.
Inés Palacios, PhD (Moderator)
Training & Professional Development Manager
PlayCore / CORE
Inés is responsible for promoting the value of recreation for people of all ages and abilities. She provides continuing educational opportunities, professional development, and research that supports recreation and play while generating partnerships and alliances in the field. She joined the PlayCore team in August 2013 after obtaining her PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from NC State University. Before joining PlayCore, she was an instructor at NC State University in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Department. In addition, she has experience in event planning, program management, research, and national presentations.
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