Apply for Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

Four young boys hiking.
Hikers enjoying fresh air along the New England National Scenic Trail near New York City.

Photo: National Park Service

Who May Apply

Project applicants may be state and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, or citizen groups. National Parks and other Federal agencies may apply in partnership with other local organizations.

Application deadline is March 1, 2021.


How To Apply

  • Consult with community partners to build a broad base of support for your project idea.
  • Review the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) application. Helpful hint: Download the application to your local desktop, open the pdf in Adobe Acrobat, complete application, and save a hard copy of your application.
  • Review our newsletter stories to understand how our National Park Service staff worked 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 completed applications to the Program Manager who serves your state (see 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: September 25, 2020