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GFP News - July 17, 2014

Funding Available for Outdoor Recreation

PIERRE, S.D.--South Dakota State Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer announced today that applications are being accepted for grants from the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Outdoor recreation projects sponsored by city, county, township and tribal governments are eligible to receive the grant money.

"Outdoor recreation is important to a healthy community," Hofer said. "The variety of recreational activities that local parks have to offer allows families to spend time together close to home."

The Land & Water Conservation Fund provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for approved outdoor recreation projects.

"Grants will be awarded for development or renovation of outdoor recreation facilities or the acquisition of park land," Hofer said. "The minimum grant will be for projects needing a minimum of $10,000 in federal funds. The maximum grant awarded will be $50,000 in federal funds."

Examples of eligible projects include new playground equipment, ball diamonds and swimming pool renovation. The application deadline is September 5, 2014.

LWCF funds are federal dollars that are apportioned to states by Congress to fund public outdoor recreation projects. Application packets are available online at

For more information contact Grants Coordinator Randy Kittle at 605-773-5490 or email


State Parks Host Outdoor Activities

PIERRE, S.D.--Several state parks and recreation areas in South Dakota are hosting outdoor events and educational programs at the end of the month for visitors. The activities are a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

There is no cost to participate in any of the programs, but park entrance licenses are required for all vehicles entering the park.
For more information on activities in South Dakota state parks, visit, contact the individual park office or call 605-773-3391.


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