||The LWCF Program provides matching grants to States and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities (as well as funding for shared federal land acquisition and conservation strategies). The Fund is the largest source of federal money for parks, wildlife, and open space land acquisition. Its funding comes primarily from offshore oil and gas drilling receipts, with an authorized expenditure of $900 million each year. The program is intended to create and maintain a nationwide legacy of high quality recreation areas and facilities and to stimulate non-federal investments in the protection and maintenance of recreation resources across the United States. Under the act, a portion of the money goes to federal land purchases and a portion to the states as matching grants for state and local park projects. Starting in FY 2009, the LWCF regular appropriations have been supplemented by revenues from certain oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico.
Due to the $24.7 million total in local agency grant requests received for the 2016 application cycle, OGALS does not anticipate conducting a 2017 local agency application cycle, at this time. Competitive applications that were not recommended for funding in the 2016 application cycle will be retained for consideration for federal fiscal year 2017 funding.