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Albright-Wirth Grant Program

The Albright-Wirth Grant program (AWGP) is an employee developmental program that awards grants to NPS employees including U.S. Park Police to advance career goals. Annually the AWGP provides financial grants to qualifying employees in all career fields, grade levels and geographic locations who have three cumulative years of NPS work experience. To meet the NPS work experience requirement an employee can be permanent, full or part-time, seasonal, temporary, or term.

The popular AWGP funds individual employee grants up to $5,000 and $15,000 to employee groups of three or more. Grants are awarded to train and develop employees to enhance career growth in areas of personal, professional or individual interest. Grant funds are used to support development activities or fields of study that are typically unavailable due to restrictive budget. Grants are awarded based on appropriateness, creativity, and merit. The grant application process is an online process where program information is provided and applications are submitted each year beginning in late summer to early fall – in FY13 the process will be moving up. For more information visit the AWGP site at: Lonnie Lowe is the program coordinator.

Learning and Development, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, administers the Albright-Wirth Grant Program. Funding comes from invested funds donated by the Rockefeller family and the interest accrued from the endowment supports each NPS employee grant awarded. The National Park Foundation is the Congressionally-chartered, non-profit partner of America’s National Parks. For more information on the National Park Foundation visit their website at: Examples of past AWGP program grants to NPS employees include proposals to:

  • Learning a new trade,
  • Publish a research,
  • Participate in a detail or shadowing assignment,
  • Be mentored,
  • Purse a college degree,
  • Expand a partnership,
  • Change career paths,
  • Purse self-improvement projects,
  • Build Websites,
  • Support details,
  • Conduct research,
  • Develop leadership skills

NPS employees are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this program designed entirely for their personal development!

Contact: Lisa Nicol, Albright-Wirth Grant Program Administrator (202-354-1998)