Applications for federal matching funds are being accepted through April 2 by the Louisiana Office of State Parks for projects designed to promote public outdoor recreation.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, funded through the U.S. Department of the Interior, provides up to 50 percent of matching fund reimbursement for approved projects that acquire and/or develop public outdoor recreation facilities.

The program is available to all political subdivisions only, meaning that parishes, cities, towns, school districts or special assessment districts — such as recreation districts — are eligible to apply. Application information and forms can be found at www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/grant-opportunities-for-outdoor-recreation/land-water-conservation/grant-application-required-documents/index.

New project applications must provide how the project will meet a recreation priority identified in the latest Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/grant-opportunities-for-outdoor-recreation/louisiana-outdoor-recreation/2014-2019-scorp/index) and show public support for the proposed project from the local community.

The fund has provided more than $73 million in federal assistance since the program was enacted in 1964, with projects in 62 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes. Projects have ranged from neighborhood parks and playgrounds to ball field complexes and regional parks. Full details of the program and information on the application process are available at crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/grant-opportunities-for-outdoor-recreation/land-water-conservation/index. For information about the fund in Louisiana, follow Outdoor Fun Louisiana Style on Facebook.