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Counties and Municipalities Must Apply by Feb. 15

TheMaryland of Department Natural Resourcesinvites counties and municipalities toapply for up to $750,000in matching funds for public outdoor recreation acquisition and development projectsthrough the National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Eligible projects includeathletic fields, boat launches, campgrounds, fishing piers, hunting areas, playgrounds, swimming pools, trails and other outdoor activities.

“This dedicated funding has helped communities acquire, develop and expand outdoor recreation areas and facilities throughout the state,”Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “We encourage counties and municipalities to apply for this competitive grant opportunity, which aims to get more Marylanders outdoors.”

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has funded over 350 outdoor recreation projects in Maryland since being established in 1965. The fund has helped with the development of theHarriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center,Sandy Point State Park,Tuckahoe State Parkand other state and local projects.

Local governments are encouraged to submitpreliminary application formsby Feb. 15, 2018. Applications will be reviewed and scored by the department to determine eligibility before the highest-scored applications are sent to the National Park Service.

Examples of project eligibility, grant acceptance commitments and restrictions, scoring details and more are availablehere.

Comments or questions about the program may be directed toIngrid Brofman atIngrid.Brofman@maryland.govor 410-260-8461.