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.

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. Please find an example of a completed application here. 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.
  • Please contact the program manager for your state to discuss the proposed project and current application process. The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program is transitioning to a new application timeline. Through the transition, we are reviewing community-led conservation and outdoor recreation projects based upon our current staffing capacity.


Application Process and Timeline


Please contact the program manager for your state to discuss the proposed project and current application process. The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program is transitioning to a new application timeline. Through the transition, we are reviewing community-led conservation and outdoor recreation projects based upon our current staffing capacity.

  • 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: March 27, 2020