Missouri State Parks has released applications for the federally-funded Land and Water Conservation Fund to assist in financing outdoor recreation projects.

All local governments and public school districts are eligible for the federal funds, which are made available through the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service. Projects can be for the development or renovation of outdoor recreational facilities, or for acquisition of park land. A 55 percent match is required.

Applications must be postmarked by June 11, 2012. An estimated $600,000 is expected to be awarded in the fiscal year 2012 cycle.

To assist potential project sponsors with the application process, Department of Natural Resources staff is holding grant application workshops during the month of April throughout the state. Pre-registration for the workshops is required. A complete schedule of dates and locations as well as the application form is available at http://mostateparks.com/page/55065/outdoor-recreation-grants. Applications can also be requested in writing to Missouri State Parks, Grants Management Section, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

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