LWCF Grants Benefit from GOMESA Provision
A portion of Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants for FY 2018—nearly $62 million originating from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA) have been allocated to states. These matching grants assist states in planning, acquiring, and developing outdoor recreation facilities. An additional $100 million has been appropriated from the LWCF for FY 2018 but not yet allocated.
The LWCF is set to expire after September 30, 2018, unless Congress acts to reauthorize it. This Issue Brief provides details on the FY 2018 GOMESA payments and updates FY 2017 LWCF allocations.
UPDATE: Final LWCF allocations for FY 2018 were released on September 18, and are shown in the table accompanying this brief below.