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Outdoor Recreational Grants

2015 - 2019 SCORP Draft 
Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Making Strides_MS SCORP



Recreational Trails Program Funding Cycle
Start Date: December 16, 2013
Close Date: March 20, 2014 4:00 pm


2014 Recreational Trail Funding Cycle has CLOSED.
Requests totaling $4.6 Million were recieved

Starting March 21, 2014 - submitted applications will be reviewed and scored by ORG Staff. ORG staff will meet with the RTP Advisory Committee for recommendations. RTP Applications that have been selected for RTP funding will be submitted to Federal Highway Administration for approval. The timeframe for the approval from Federal Highway Administration can vary. Once approval has been received all RTP applicants will be notified of the results.

If you have any questions, please contact the Outdoor Recreation Grants Division at (601) 432-2225 / 2230 or email jean@mdwfp.state.ms.us.

Jean Caraway
Grant Administrator
Outdoor Recreation Grants (ORG)



Recreational Trails Program
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a Federal-Aid assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Recreational Trails Program helps states develop and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use. Examples of trail uses include pedestrian (hiking, walking, running, wheelchair), bicycling paved and non paved, in line skating, equestrian use, water trails, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.

The U.S. Congress first authorized the Recreational Trails Program in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. It was reauthorized in 1998 under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).

Interactive Map for Trail Heads

Interactive Map for Land & Water


If you have any questions, please contact the Outdoor Recreation Grants Division at (601) 432-2225 / 2230.

Jean Caraway, RTP Administrator
Outdoor Recreation Grants (ORG)  

RTP Frequently Asked Questions




Land & Water Conservation Fund
The LWCF program was established by the LWCF Act of 1965. Federal funds are appropriated by Congress through the Department of Interior and administered on the federal level by National Park Service (NPS) and on the state level by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Outdoor Recreation Grants division.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program was established to stimulate a nationwide action program to assist in preserving, developing, and assuring to all citizens of the United States, of present and future generations, such quality and quantity of outdoor recreation resources as may be available. The program provides matching grants to States, and through the States to local units of government, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation sites and facilities. Funding for the program is provided largely from Outer Continental Shelf mineral receipts, with additional income from the Motorboat Fuels Tax, recreation user fees, and through the sales of federal surplus property. Federal LWCF obligations have been matched by state and local contributions, for a total recreation investment of over $6 billion dollars.

LWCF Frequently Asked Questions



Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Funding Cycle
Start Date: January 21, 2014
Close Date: May 19, 2014 4:00 pm

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks - Outdoor Recreation Grants Division is pleased to announce the availability of federal funds or local park and recreation capital improvement through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program. All political subdivisions, including counties, incorporated cities; unincorporated towns, general improvement districts, and Native American tribal governments are potentially eligible for the 50:50 matching grants offered through the program. The proposed project scope must be development only - no acquisition request will be considered.

LWCF grants are made on a reimbursement basis; project sponsors must have adequate funds to finance the entire grant project prior to receiving reimbursement. For the 2014 funding cycle, the minimum grant award will be $12,500 and the maximum grant award will be $100,000. Due to the grant amounts there will be one reimbursement request - when the project is complete, closeout paperwork and final inspection have all been finalized and approved by the National Park Service - at that point reimbursement will be processed.

The LWCF package includes general program information and the application. Please read the LWCF Guidelines before making an application for funds. The application shall be received in this office no later than 4:00 pm, Monday, May 19, 2014. With this letter, I encourage any city, county, state and/or federal agency, college/university, to apply for the Land and Water Conservation Funds.

If you have any questions, please contact the Outdoor Recreation Grants Division at (601) 432-2225 / 2230 or email jean@mdwfp.state.ms.us.

Jean Caraway
Grant Administrator
Outdoor Recreation Grants (ORG)