Challenge Cost Share
The Challenge Cost Share Program works through cooperative partners to help accomplish high priority work to support habitat improvement, comprehensive travel management, recreation and cultural projects. The types of projects that can be funded include monitoring and inventory of resources; implementing habitat improvement or projection projects; developing threatened and endangered species recovery plans; protecting, stabilizing or documenting cultural resources; travel management, including managing off-highway vehicle use; and providing enhanced recreational experiences, including visitor services, information, and facilities for public health and safety.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Land Management
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING; Cooperative Agreements; TRAINING; USE OF PROPERTY, FACILITIES, OR EQUIPMENT
Fiscal Year 2014: Past partnership projects have completed wildlife habitat improvement, protection, and restoration projects with durable lasting results, conducted wildlife studies, and developed threatened and endangered species recovery plans. Cultural resources projects have been conducted to protect and stabilize cultural sites, inventory and protecting existing collections and conduct surveys to find artifacts. Recreation projects have been conducted to build trails, obliterate road and trails, and enhance visitor recreation experiences on public lands. Recreation projects have improved and stabilized Riparian areas and washed out bridges or walkways. Overall, projects have also included support for environmental education, University research, and interactive youth initiatives based on the programs within the BLM. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 1991, Public Law 101-512, Title I.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
For more information on local requirements, cooperative projects proposals should be coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management local State or District/Field Offices. No State plan is required with the application. Environmental impact information is not 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. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal should be submitted through Grants.gov or via hardcopy to the project office and include: a title, objectives, timeframe, and a budget breakdown as specified in the funding opportunity announcement.
Projects are reviewed at the Bureau of Land Management State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes.
None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.
How are proposals selected?
General criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on their direct relationship to federal lands and a balanced view including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.
How may assistance be used?
All projects are restricted to public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management or that directly benefit public lands. Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska. Assistance can be used to leverage funds with partners and other external funding sources to enhance the Bureau of Land Management's ability/capacity to survey, monitor and inventory resources; to restore and maintain land in a healthy condition; to support threatened and endangered species management; to manage heritage resources; to enhance recreational experiences; provide visitor services or facilities; to conduct public outreach and education projects; and to support emerging partnership opportunities. For more specific information contact the regional or headquarters office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annual, or annual Program Performance Reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period. For any grant or cooperative agreement that is terminated, transferred to a new grantee, or will not be extended, the grantee must submit a final Program Performance Report 90 days after the end date of grant performance. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly SF-425, Federal Financial Reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period. A final SF-425 is required 90 days after the end date of grant performance. 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.
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: This program has statutory requirement for non-federal cost share funds or in-kind service requirements. Funds are required to be cost-shared one non-federal dollar for each federal dollar per State office. The matching funds must be non-federal in origin.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Most projects are awarded for one to five year period and funded on a year-by-year basis. Funds are expended during the year awarded although carry-over monies can be distributed to additional years or to projects that have been pre-approved. No commitment is made to fund projects beyond one year and there is no set, historical allocation to each State. New and continuing projects will be re-evaluated every other year based on performance, merit, and funding availability. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses of Bureau of Land Management State Offices.
Program Manager and Agency Liaison, Bureau of Land Management (WO 200), 1849 C St., N.W., Room 2134LM, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 912-7203
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $2,114,000; FY 15 est $2,114,000; and FY 16 est $241,300
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have been between $5,000 to $182,000 depending on the policies of that particular state and the money available. Average amounts are $25,100 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations, manuals and information about the Bureau of Land Management fish, wildlife, botany, recreation and cultural programs can be found at website http://www.blm.gov/.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Past projects funded include monitoring and inventorying of resources; implementing habitat improvement or protection projects; developing threatened and endangered species recovery plans; protecting, stabilizing, or documenting cultural resources; travel management, including managing off-highway vehicle use and support of monitoring partnerships; providing enhanced recreational experiences including the support of friends groups in National Landscape Conservation System units, visitor services, information, and facilities for public health and safety; and supporting environmental education awareness through local events and partnership entities. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.