Use of Other Federal Grant-In-Aid Programs To Meet the Local Matching Requirement of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

CED-80-23: Published: Nov 1, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1979.

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (LWCF) provides grants to States and local governments for planning, acquiring, and developing outdoor recreation projects. The Act restricts LWCF grants to 50 percent of the project cost, requires the State or local government to finance the remaining share, and prohibits the use of other Federal grant funds to satisfy the local matching share requirement. However, the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 subsequently authorized the use of its grants to pay the required local match of other community development programs, thereby authorizing an exception to the LWCF Act.

Thus far, it appears that 500 projects have received financial assistance from other Federal programs, and Federal contributions have amounted to about 79 percent of the projects' costs.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Matter: In order to fully evaluate the local matching share requirements initially envisioned for LWCF projects, the appropriate congressional committees should review the LWCF Act restriction and grant program authorizations such as those contained in the Housing and Community Development Act.


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