Apply for Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

(NPS-RTCA does not provide financial assistance or monetary grants. As a collaborative partner, we provide professional services to help you achieve your conservation and outdoor recreation project vision.)

Who May Apply

We welcome applications from community groups, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, national parks, and local, state and federal agencies. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your project before applying.

Applications are due on March 1st of every year.

How To Apply

  • Consult with community partners to build a broad base of support for your project idea.
  • Complete the National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (NPS-RTCA) application. Helpful hint: download the application to your local desktop, open the PDF on Adobe Acrobat, complete the application, and save a hard copy of your application.
  • Review our newsletter stories to understand how our National Park Service staff works with communities on projects like yours. The newsletters are organized by themes to help you more easily find a story that might be similar to your project proposal.
  • Please contact the program manager for your state to discuss the proposed project and current application process.


Application Process and Timeline


Please contact the program manager for your state to discuss the proposed project and current application process.

  • Email the completed application to the program manager who serves your state (see the list at the end of the application)
  • Please include the following in your application package:
  1. Completed application form
  2. Site location map
  3. Commitment letters from 3 or more project partners
  4. Optional supplemental information that can help us learn more about your project (background documents, examples of media coverage, additional maps, list of links to resources, project photos, etc.)

Last updated: January 13, 2022