Boston Harbor Islands Partnership


This program is to enter into cooperative agreements with partners of Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. Through cooperative agreements, the Recreation Area works collaboratively with interested entities to provide for safe visitor access, public information, youth programs, resource management, citizen science, and scholarly research.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Park Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No information available. Outreach and additional interpretation funded.
Fiscal Year 2017 Awarded 11 task agreements that accomplished goals to expand public awareness, access and engagement through education, youth, stewardship and volunteer programming; complete water transportation survey; and complete deferred maintenance to ensure visitor access.
Fiscal Year 2018 Issued 7 awards
Fiscal Year 2019 Awarded 4 agreements which expanded public awareness, access and engagement through education, youth and volunteer programming.
Fiscal Year 2020 Anticipate issuing 4 awards.
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreational Area 16 U.S.C. 460kkk(d); 54 U.S.C. §101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds, and; 54 USC §101701(b) Challenge Cost-share Agreement Authority.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, members of the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership, and other public entities, education institutions, and private nonprofit organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General Public
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on
Award Procedure
Proposals received in response announcements on are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the announcement. Awards may be made to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact.
None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the National Park Service will provide applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.
Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on
How may assistance be used?
Cooperative agreements with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or its political subdivisions to acquire from and provide to the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions goods and services to be used in the cooperative management of lands within the recreation area, if the Secretary determines that appropriations for that purpose are available and the agreement is in the best interest of the United States.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Program Performance Report
Not applicable.
Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 - 200.337
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Amounts appropriated in any fiscal year may only be expended on a matching basis in a ratio of at least three non-Federal dollars to every Federal dollar. The non-Federal share of the match may be in the form of cash, services, or in-kind contributions, fairly valued.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Dependent on fund source and type of project. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: For further information, please contact the regional office. For further information, please contact the regional office.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Michael Creasey, General Superintendent National Parks of Boston 15 State Street 9th Floor Boston, Massachusetts 02109 (617)242-5644
Headquarters Office
Michael Creasey, Superintendent
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Boston, MA 02109 US
Phone: (617)242-5644
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$550,000.00; FY 19 est $450,000.00; FY 20 est $450,000.00; FY 17$1,353,507.00; FY 16$546,694.00; - FY19 and 20 are estimates based on previous year funding only.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$10,000 - $600,000 Average = $140,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No information available. Continued management and partnership agreements between the historic park/site management entity, NPS and the City of Boston, MA.
Fiscal Year 2017 Control Woody Debris, Education & Youth Engagement, Resource Stewardship and Volunteersim
Fiscal Year 2018 Program funded projects that promote public awareness, access and engagement; and repairs deferred maintenance issues.
Fiscal Year 2019 Program funded projects that promote public awareness, access and engagement; and repairs deferred maintenance issues.
Fiscal Year 2020 Program anticipates funding projects that promote public awareness, access and engagement; and repairs deferred maintenance issues.


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