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
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use
Fiscal Year 2014: Funds were awarded to a non-profit
organization as a pass-through organization to distribute sub-awards. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.
Cost Share Arrangements with Partners Public Law 103-333 (16 U.S.C. 1f).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applications are considered on a regional basis and are submitted by NPS park, center, or program staff for competitive selection by the Regional Directors. Applications must also contain a non-Federal partner. Non-Federal partners include.
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.
2 CFR part 200, in its entirety, applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Contact Regional/Trail offices for more specific application information. Some projects may be subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must complete an application. Applicants should contact the appropriate Regional or Trail office for information regarding more specific project selection requirements. All applications must be approved by the appropriate park, center, program or trails staff. Project proposals are forwarded by parks, centers, program, and/or trail offices for competitive selection by the Regional Directors.
Project proposals received are forwarded by parks, centers, program, and/or trail offices for competitive selection by the Regional Directors. To be eligible for competitive evaluation, the applicant must meet the selection criteria as outlined in the Challenge Cost Share Program guidelines. Additional Regional criteria may apply. Within each region, projects will be ranked and rated. Available funding will be divided among the highest ranking projects. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or the 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 contract must be used. Direct procurement may be used if the award is used to purchase goods.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Regional approval times vary. Contact the appropriate Regional or Trail office Challenge Cost Share Coordinator for more information.
For those projects for which (1) planned work has not been completed during the fiscal year for whatever reason; or (2) work was intended to be phased or staged, a project status from must be filed with the appropriate Regional or Trail office for continuation of the project. All awards are dependent on appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
1. PROPOSED PROJECT MEETS A CRITICAL NEED:The proposal must demonstrate that, if funded, the project will address a critical resource or visitor use management need or issue faced by the park, site or NPS program.
2. PARTNER PARTICIPATION: The proposal ensures and demonstrates active full support, partnership, and participation by non-NPS entities ensuring a strong collaborative effort. All parties involved in the project benefit from its completion with work potentially strengthening a cooperative relationship between NPS and the partner(s). New partnerships, innovative/creative partnerships and multi-partner projects are encouraged. NOTE: Supporting letters from potential partners must accompany the proposal to document their willingness to participate in the project if funded.
3. TANGIBLE RESULTS: The proposal adequately addresses the outcomes and products of the project, in addition, the quality and usefulness of the products are adequately described. Within reason, the project adheres to a one year time frame.
4. COST EFFECTIVE: The budget narrative details sufficient, necessary, and reasonably valued costs for materials and services to complete proposed work within the scheduled time frame.
5. EQUAL OR GREATER ELIGIBLE NON-FEDERAL CONTRIBUTION: The non-Federal contribution(s) is at least 50% of the CCSP share and all costs detailed in the budget narrative are directly related, necessary, eligible, and properly valued in accordance with 43 CFR 12. The contribution may be cash or in-kind.
6. COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE: The application proposal must be complete.
7. PROJECT COMPLETION FORM: If applicable, the applicant has submitted a Project Completion Form or Project Status Form for a prior project. If one has not been received, or has been found unacceptable by the Regional Office CSSP Coordinator, then the proposal is not eligible for consideration for a new CSSP award until the deficiency is remedied.
8. ADDITIONAL REGION-SPECIFIC SELECTION CRITERIA: At a minimum, projects must meet the items listed above. However, Regional Directors may, at their discretion, develop additional criteria.
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. The maximum CCS award is $30,000. For more specific information contact the regional office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Regional Offices are expected to receive and maintain Project Completion Forms for all funded CCSP projects at their completion. Upon receipt, Regions are to ensure that the Form is complete and accurate. Copies of Project Completion Forms should be forwarded to the National CCSP Coordinator. A status report may be filed if a project is unable to be completed during the time allocated and projects funds can be extended into the next fiscal year. In cases where CCSP funds are awarded to develop publications, videos, pamphlets, displays, exhibits, and signs and/or the recipient disseminates the findings or products developed from the project in professional journals, books, film, videos, or conferences, a copy must be sent to the park, trail or program office; Regional Office; and National CCSP Coordinator as soon as these become available, even if they appear after completion of project work. The SF-425, Federal Financial Report interim and final are required. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. The SF-425, Federal Financial Report interim and final are required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 – 200.337.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: 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 program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds must be used within the fiscal year during which they are allocated. Selected projects are intended to be completed within one year. A status report may be filed if a project is unable to be completed during the time allocated and projects funds can be extended into the next fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact the headquarters or regional office.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Charlie Stockman National Park Service, National Challenge Cost Share Coordinator, 1201 Eye St., NW, 9th Floor -Org Code 2240, Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 202) 354-6907 Fax: (202) 371-5179.
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 $382,428; FY 15 est $103,700; and FY 16 est $500,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $1,0000.00 - $25,000.00
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Awards made to organizations that issued sub awards through a separate grant application process. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.