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.
Project applicants must be NPS staff from parks or programs. Each project must have a local partner that is an educational institution, a private for-profit organization, or a not-for-profit organization. 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.
Challenge cost share projects typically are in the range of $5,000 - $50,000 and must be completed within 1 year of receiving the award.
The NPS will accept local project applications in late June and July, and awards will be made in August. Details on the application and deadlines will be posted on this site.