Purpose and Scope:

  • The Challenge Cost Share Program is intended to support specific National Park Service mission related projects that align with goals of local project partners.

  • Projects should promote conservation and outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, education, and youth engagement in our National Parks.

  • National Park Service staff will work with local project partners to achieve these mutually beneficial outcomes.

  • This partnership challenge rewards proposals with the best prospects to build enduring benefits and develop new partnerships.

Eligibility:

  • Projects that directly benefit one or more NPS-administered parks, National Historic and Scenic Trails, and Wild and Scenic Rivers.  

  • Applications are submitted only by National Park Service staff; project partners are expected to collaborate fully in the application process, but are not themselves eligible to apply.

  • Partners may be educational institutions, private for-profit entities, or non-profit organizations.

  • Project must have the endorsement of the NPS, as well as assurance from the local partner(s) that the project’s budget is viable.

  • Project should be completed within the fiscal year, that is, before October 1 of the year in which funds are provided.

Funding and Match:

  • If a project is selected, the partner organization will enter a formal agreement to receive and manage the project funds consistent with the project’s purpose and budget.

  • The partner organization is required to match the amount of Challenge Cost Share funding received with an equal share from the partner(s); any combination of cash, goods, and services can be counted toward the cost share requirement, as long as all come from non-federal sources.

  • The maximum Challenge Cost Share project support is $25,000.

 

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How to Apply

Instructions and criteria for applications.

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Projects

Learn about past projects.

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Application Submission

Application portal administered by Outdoor Foundation.

Last updated: May 10, 2017