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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.
  • Applications are submitted by NPS staff in collaboration with project partners.
  • This partnership challenge rewards those proposals that highlight long lasting benefits while developing new partnerships


  • National parks, trails, partnership wild and scenic rivers, and affiliated areas are eligible.
  • Partners may be educational institutions, private for-profit entities, or not-for-profit organizations.
  • Project must have the endorsement of the NPS, as well as assurance from the local partner(s) that the projectís budget is viable.
  • $25,000 is the maximum Challenge Cost Share project support.
  • Project should be completed within the fiscal year.

Project applications are accepted between May 2, 2016 and July 1, 2016 for Fiscal Year 2017.

Funding and Match:

The program requires equal matching share. Cash, goods, or services from non-federal sources can be considered as a cost share.
The maximum Challenge Cost Share project support is $25,000.
If selected our national partner, Outdoor Foundation, forms an agreement and provides project funds directly to the local partner. Applications are submitted by NPS staff in collaboration with project partners.

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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