Do you have an idea
for a local conservation and outdoor recreation
project, but need assistance to move that vision into reality?
Then let's talk!
Applications for assistance are due by August 1 annually. Assistance is provided for one year, beginning on October 1, and may be renewed for a second year upon request. Project selection is announced in early November.
Project applicants may be state or local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, or citizen groups. Federal agencies may apply in partnership with other local organizations.
Steps for Applicants
1. Consult with community partners to build a broad base of support for your project idea.
2. Review the NPS application [Microsoft Word .doc | Adobe .pdf]. If using the pdf, download the file before filling it out. To save the document, click "Save & Submit." Then select "Internet Email" and click "OK."
3. Contact National Park Service staff for a pre-application consultation to discuss your proposed project. We welcome your interest in learning about NPS community assistance anytime throughout the year.
4. If after the pre-application consultation you decide to submit an application, please inform National Park Service staff of your intent to apply by July 1.
5. Send completed application package to staff you spoke with for your pre-application consultation by email or U.S. mail (emailed or postmarked by August 1). This package should include:
- Completed application
- Site location map
- At least 3 letters of support endorsing the project
- Supplementary information that can help us learn more about your project (background documents, examples of media coverage, additional support letters and maps, etc.)
Project Selection Criteria
Applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:
- The project has specific goals and results for conservation and recreation expected in the near future.
- Roles and contributions of project partners are substantive and well-defined.
- There is evidence of broad community support for the project.
- The anticipated role for the National Park Service is clear and fits the National Park Service mission.
- The project advances one or more key National Park Service objectives as described in the application.