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Challenge Cost Share

Purpose and Scope:

The Challenge Cost Share Program supports local projects that promote conservation and recreation, environmental stewardship, education, and engaging diverse youth participants. Local project partners work with National Park Service parks and programs to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. NPS administered parks and programs are eligible such as National Trails, Heritage Areas, and Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Partners may be educational institutions, private for-profit entities, or not-for-profit organizations. Municipalities or other governmental organizations are also eligible but a non-governmental co-applicant is encouraged. Any match must be from non-federal fund sources. Each project must have the endorsement of the NPS park or program and its region, as well as assurance from the local and national partner that the projectís budget is viable.

The NPS and its national partners provide financial and other support for local projects endorsed by NPS parks and programs. Cash, goods, or services from non-federal sources can be considered as a cost share.

The maximum Challenge Cost Share grant is $25,000 and the project must be completed within 1 year of receiving the award.

The NPS will accept project applications until August 11th, 2014. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.




Challenge Cost Share Program | Federal Lands to Parks | Hydropower Relicensing Program
Land and Water Conservation Fund | Conservation and Outdoor Recreation | National Trails System
Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers | Rivers and Trails Program | Urban Park and Recreation Recovery

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