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A Roadmap to Successfully Accessing Funding through the Land & Water, Conservation Fund (LWCF)
LWCF 101: Program Overview & Helpful Tips to Get Started
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 goals of the LWCF State Assistance Program.
- Outline the eligibility requirements to receive LWCF funding for a public outdoor recreation project.
- Define what is a SCORP and how to align with state specific requirements.
- List three tips/resources to assist in the planning process.
Eric Feldbaum, CPRP
Director of the Office of Community Recreation
New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation within the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Eric has been with the Division for nine years and resides in Concord NH with his fiancé Rahkiya and dog Daisy. While living in NH full time since 2011 he has been continuously exploring all the great recreational opportunities the state has to offer.
He was finally able to land his dream job working for NH State Parks. One of his responsibilities is overseeing the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the State of New Hampshire as designated by the Governor. Since beginning this role Eric has awarded over $12 million to 40 NH local communities for acquisition and development of outdoor recreation.
Eric’s passion for this program has led him to become an executive board member on the National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers (NASORLO), an organization whose primary role is to advocate for the state assistance program for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. As a result of his work at the national level in training and advocacy, he has been awarded the Service to NASORLO Award two consecutive years (2020 and 2021). Whether he is meeting with local communities or congressional members he continues to educate people about the Land and Water Conservation Fund and he is excited to share that with you today which he hopes will lead to you all submitting great grant applications.
Andy Bohannon, CPRP, AFO
Parks, Recreation and Facilities Director
Andy Bohannon, CPRP, AFO is Parks, Recreation and Facilities Director for the City of Keene, NH. A native of son, Andy grew up in Wheelock Park attending the parks and recreation programs. He began working for the City in 1987 as a youth basketball official, and then worked at the pools, playground program, and as a building supervisor though his college years at Keene State.
Since joining the city on a professional level in 2004, he has increased program offerings, established master plans, created pocket parks, improved the trail system, and created sponsorship opportunities, promoted Keene as a great place to work, stay and play. In 2005, he piloted the CATCH program for the Foundation for Healthy Communities and the success of the program spread to over 100 communities around the state. His work with a local coalition called Advocates for Healthy Youth led to his selection as a recipient of the inaugural President’s Council and Sports Community Leadership Award in 2007. In 2018 he received the NH Recreation and Parks distinguished WINK Tapply Professional Award for his service to the association.
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. Inés is based out of Raleigh, NC.
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