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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 youth in the outdoors. Local project partners work with National Park Service (NPS) staff to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. NPS administered parks are eligible including National Parks, National Trails, and Wild and Scenic Rivers. Applications are submitted by NPS staff in collaboration with project partners.

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. This is a matching fund program where an equal matching share is required. Cash, goods, or services from non-federal sources can be considered as a cost share. Each project must have the endorsement of the NPS, as well as assurance from the local partner(s) that the projectís budget is viable.

The maximum Challenge Cost Share project support is $25,000 directed to the project partner. The project should be completed within the fiscal year.

We will accept project applications between July 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015 for Fiscal Year 2016.




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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