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
Bureau of Land Management, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
No Current Data Available. 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 2017
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 2018
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2019
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?
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
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 eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
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, budget spreadsheet, a budget narrative/breakdown, and any other requirements specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity Notice and must be submitted through www.grants.gov. State plan is not required for this application.
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each project at the time the Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes.
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?
First Level Screening -Basic Eligibility. Applications will be screened by the Grants Management Officer to ensure that applications meet basic eligibility requirements. Must meet the requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on www.grants.gov, screening may include, but is not limited to: Program and/or legislative authority requirements are met; Submission is timely; and complete and properly executed SF-424 application package documents. B. Applications must satisfy basic eligibility screening requirements to be considered for further review. Second Level Evaluation -- Merit Review Evaluation is stated in each Notice of Funding Opportunity noticed post on www.grants.gov Third Level Review Pre-Award Clearance and Approvals. BLM will also complete a business evaluation and determination of responsibility. During these evaluations the Grants Management Officer will evaluate variables such as: Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, financial stability, quality of management systems, past performance meeting prior award terms and conditions, reports and findings of audits performed, and applicant's ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory or other requirements.
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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 formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is voluntary. 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 assistance listing.
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. 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 Catalog Appendix IV for addresses of Bureau of Land Management State Offices.
Division of Lands and Realty, Bureau of Land Management (WO 350), 20 M Street, SE, Room 2134
Washington, DC 20003 US
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 16$4,804,450.00; - This program will no longer be funded, once project are closed in FY19.
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 2016
AK, Forty mile Caribou Herd Monitoring, MUSEUM Cultural Heritage, Outdoor; AZ Wildlife Water Reconstruction, REC - Travel Mgt Implementation, CUL Paleo Survey of Cascabel Area, Desert; CA CCS PTN NLCS CCNM CENCAL Stewardship,CCS REC SOUTH SPIT PARTNERS; CO NLCS: AHC/CANM ONGOING PARTNERSHIPS, CCS VEG NWCO Weed Partnership-Halogeton,; ID CCS - Pocatello OHV Management, BDO Habitat Vols For Restoration, No current data available.Fiscal Year 2017
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. Management, BDO Habitat Vols For Restoration.Fiscal Year 2018
This program was not funded in FY18Fiscal Year 2019
This program was not funded in FY19.Fiscal Year 2020
This program will not be funded in FY20