Challenge Cost Share


To increase participation by qualified partners in the preservation and improvement of NPS natural, cultural, and recreational resources in all authorized Service programs and activities.

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. Funds were awarded to a non-profit organization as a pass-through organization to distribute sub-awards.
Fiscal Year 2017 Funding was issued to two Recipients.
Fiscal Year 2018 Data Not Available
Fiscal Year 2019 Data Not Available
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
State, local, or tribal government or other public entity, an educational institution, or a private nonprofit organization.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public, trail system users, and organizations with conservation missions.
Equal or greater eligible non-Federal contribution with appropriate letter(s) of partner commitment documenting match, and approval of supporting NPS unit, center, program, or trail staff.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Contact Regional/Trail offices for more specific application information. Some projects may be subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
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 A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or the Challenge Cost Share project (CCSP) application can be used as the initial Partnership Agreement to establish the relationship and the intent of the partnership. If CCSP funds are transferred directly to a partner, a cooperative agreement or other instrument will be utilized.
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.
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?
This program supports small-scale partnership projects with units of the National Park System, NPS centers and program areas, and National Trails. All projects and activities receiving these funds must meet a minimum 50:50 match of cash, goods, or services from a non-Federal source. Applications must be approved by appropriate NPS park, program, center, or trails staff.
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. The non-Federal contribution(s) is at least 50% of the CCSP share and all costs detailed in the budget.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects are expected to be completed in one year, but can be extended based on the complexity of the project. Contact the headquarters or regional office.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Stephan Nofield 202-354-6922 1849 C Street NW Room 1344 Washington, DC 20240
Headquarters Office
Charlie Stockman
National Park Service, National Challenge Cost Share Coordinator, 1201 Eye St., NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20005 US
Phone: 202) 354-6907
Fax: (202) 371-5179.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$300,000.00; FY 19 est $300,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$409,399.00; FY 16$377,199.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $1,0000.00 - $25,000.00 (subawards) Average: $20,000.00
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. Awards made to organizations that issued sub awards through a separate grant application process.
Fiscal Year 2017 Funding was issued to qualified partners for the preservation and improvement of NPS natural, cultural, and recreational resources in all authorized Service programs and activities, CLEARWATER BASIN COLLABORATIVE YOUTH, TN RIVERWALK EXTENSION INTERPRETATION
Fiscal Year 2018 Program has not yet selected projects for funding.
Fiscal Year 2019 Program has not yet selected projects for funding.


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