Rating and Awards

How will applications be rated? Note: Applies to ALL applications

A multidisciplinary review panel will score applications weighted on the following criteria:

  • Project or program description, including objectives and budget
  • Need for the project and its anticipated impact
  • Benefits to the public, the Trail, and applicant
  • Inclusion of existing and potential partners; their roles in the project or program, including the Trail's anticipated role
  • Ability to complete and sustain project or program

Additionally, projects will be evaluated on whether there was an effort to engage interested tribes and if environmentally responsible practices will be used in the implementation of the project.

After projects have been scored using the above rating criteria, the Trail Partner Support Program will determine awards by also considering the availability of program staff resources and the geographical distribution of rated projects.

When will I find out if I am awarded technical assistance?
Applicants will be notified of application status within 45 days of closing date.

If I am awarded technical assistance without funding, what do I get?
These projects will receive up to two years of Trail staff support. Trail staff involvement will be determined collaboratively with awardee and outlined in a signed agreement between the National Park Service and the awardee.

Are there any reporting requirements?
Awardees are required to submit regular status reports and a final accomplishment report. The particulars and dates for such reporting will be agreed on by the awardee and the NPS.

For additional information about this program or the application process, please contact the Trail Partner Support Program e-mail us or call 402-661-1820.

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Last updated: November 30, 2018

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