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Commission Accepting Grant Applications for Projects Promoting Outdoor Recreation

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting grant applications for parks and other outdoor recreation facilities and amenities promoting outdoor recreation.

The grants are funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program administered by the National Park Service for outdoor recreation projects. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, ball fields, soccer fields, swimming pools, picnicking facilities, playgrounds, pool renovations, splash pads, park acquisitions and development, and park related support facilities. All projects must encourage outdoor recreation. Project sponsors must be a political subdivision, such as city and county governments or Natural Resources Districts. The LWCF provides reimbursable matching grants for up to 50 percent of the project costs.

The LWCF was established by Congress in 1964 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations and to provide money to governments to purchase land, water and wetlands to benefit all. The primary source of revenue for the LWCF is from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Grant applications must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Contact Schuyler Sampson at 402-471-5283 or schuyler.sampson@nebraska.gov to request an application form, instructions and additional information regarding the LWCF grant program. Information and application materials also are available at OutdoorNebraska.org/LWCF.

Approved grants will be announced following the Commission’s meeting in January.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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