Places to get outdoors are at the heart of Montana’s outdoor recreation economy and way of life. Outdoor recreation in Montana generates $7.1 billion dollars and constitutes 5.1% of the gross domestic product
Passage of the GAOA is a game-changer for frontcountry parks, trails, and outdoor recreation access on federal, state, local, and private lands by increasing available funds available planning, acquisition, and development of places to get outdoors.
Montana’s Federal agencies will benefit through National Parks and Federal and LWCF federal $1.9 billion annually for 5 years to address the National Park infrastructure backlog and other federal recreation facilities AND increased funding for LWCF.
Montana’s State, local, and tribes will benefit may see $3 million per year, a 54% increase from last year, year after year for state and locally sponsored parks, trails fishing/hunting access, boating and camping projects, and the facilities that support those uses.
LWCF stateside is a reimbursement grant program for state, local and tribal agencies which requires a 50/50 match which can be a combination of cash and in-kind contributions. Fact Sheet for Community Grants program. Successful projects should be a high priority in SCORP, have partnerships, plans, and cash/in-kind funding in place.
LWCF stateside is administered by Montana FWP. In the past, the application process opens in November and closes in February.