Conservation Activities by Youth Service Organizations

 

To utilize qualified youth or conservation corps to carry out appropriate conservation projects which the Secretary is authorized to carry out under other authority of law on public lands. Work cooperatively with the NPS on cultural and natural resource related conservation projects such as trail development and maintenance, historic, cultural, forest and timber management, minor construction work, archaeological conservation, and native plant habitat restoration and rehabilitation. Promote and stimulate public purposes such as education, job training, development of responsible citizenship, productive community involvement, and further the understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural resources through the involvement of youth and young adults in care and enhancement of public resources. Continue the longstanding efforts of the NPS to provide opportunities for public service, youth employment, minority youth development and training, and participation of young adults in accomplishing conservation-related work. For Recovery Act funded projects and in addition to the program objectives above, Section 3 of the Act states the following objectives: to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.931
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Various youth conservation corps
received funding to carry out conservation, education and
training on NPS lands. Fiscal Year 2015: No information
available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.
Authorization
Omnibus Consolidated Appropriatons Act of 1997, Public Law 104-208, 110 Stat. 3009 (181,189), 16 U.S.C 1g; Challenge Cost Share Agreement Authority, Title 43, Part 12, Public Law 107-273, 110 Stat. 4199; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Section 702), Public Law 111-5; Public Lands Corps Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2005, Public Law 109-154, 119 Stat. 2891, 2893, 16 U.S.C 1701-1706, 1723; Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996, Public Law 104-333, 16 U.S.C 1f.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Private nonprofit institutions and organizations, state and local government agencies and quasi-public nonprofit institutions and organizations that support youth career training and development in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Private nonprofit institutions and organizations, state and local government agencies and quasi-public nonprofit institutions and organizations that support youth career training and development in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources; Individuals/Families; Graduate Students; youth or corps located in a specific area that have a substantial portion of members who are economically physically, or educationally disadvantaged (Public Land Corps Act of 1993); General Public, specifically, young people, minority groups, social and economically disadvantaged individuals will benefit from the education and skill development in the area of conservation as well as instilling a conservation ethics.
Credentials/Documentation
Documentation demonstrating that an organizations purpose is strongly related or solely for the purpose of youth/student education in a conservation oriented environment. Proof of past performance in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources and assistance to youth. If applying as a nonprofit organization, proof of nonprofit status will be required. Additional information on awards made under Challenge Cost Share, is available at the NPS web site Challenge Cost Share Program Guidelines. Each organization submitting an application will be required to follow the Grants.gov registration requirements in advance of submitting an application. The procedures are provided at http://www.Grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible applicants will be required to submit an Application, SF-424, and a written proposal through the http://www.Grants.gov website following the procedures outlined in the announcement, and will include a title, geographic area(s) of requested assistance, objectives, and a budget proposal to reflect a typical project.
Award Procedure
Application packages will be posted for an Eligible Applicant's response utilizing the http://www.grants.gov website. Upon receipt of timely submissions, applications will be reviewed by the NPS and may be circulated for others to review. Notification of Awards will be provided to applicants by issuance of a Cooperative Agreement by the Awarding Official within the time specified on the announcement. Additional information on awards made under Challenge Cost Share, is available at the NPS web site Challenge Cost Share Program Guidelines.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Generally, 30 to 90 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Yes. Renewals are available at the end of each term and will be negotiated between the awardee and the National Park Service.
How are proposals selected?
(1) Qualifications of the organization or institution; (2) The Secretary may give preference to qualified youth or conservation corps located in a specific area that have a substantial portion of members who are economically, physically, or educationally disadvantaged to carry out projects within the area. The Secretary may give preference to qualified youth or conservation corps located in a specific geographic area that have a substantial portion of members who are economically, physically, or educationally disadvantaged to carry out projects within the area; (3) Past performance in the area of youth conservation corps activities; (4)Organizations ability to reach undeserved and disadvantaged population groups; (5) Offering meaningful, full-time, productive work for individuals between the ages of 15 and 25 in a natural or cultural resource setting; (6) Giving participants a mix of work experience, basic and life skills, education, training, and support service; and (7) Providing participants with the opportunity to develop citizenship values and skills through service to their community and the United States.
How may assistance be used?
Funding is to be used by organizations to support youth career training and development in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources while working with the NPS to accomplish particular projects. The availability of discretionary funding is determined by various units of the NPS each fiscal year. Funding is to be used by organizations to support youth career training and development in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources while working with the NPS to accomplish particular projects. The availability of discretionary funding is determined by various units of the NPS each fiscal year. For American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funded projects the requirements will be followed and incorporated, as necessary, within the opportunity announcement and agreement documents. Funding is to be used by organizations to support youth career training and development in the areas of resource management, conservation and cultural resources while working with the NPS to accomplish particular projects. The availability of discretionary funding is determined by various units of the NPS each fiscal year. For American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funded projects the requirements will be followed and incorporated, as necessary, within the opportunity announcement and agreement documents.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. All organizations will be required to submit a yearly narrative summary accomplishments reports to the National Park Service WASO Youth Programs Office at the end of each Fiscal Year. All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with agreed upon scope of work. For ARRA funds, recipients and agencies must comply with the regulations promulgated in 2 CFR Part 176 - Award Terms For Assistance Agreements that Include Funds Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5. These reports will be made publicly available. Specific projects or activities for which funds are advanced shall be tracked and reported by submittal of Standard Form 425 Federal Financial Report as outlined in 2 CFR 215.52. Specific projects or activities for which funds are advanced shall be tracked and reported by submittal of, Standard Form 270 Request for Advance or Reimbursement, and a quarterly submittal of Standard Form 425 Federal Financial Report as outlined in 2 CFR 215.52. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
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.
Records
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments" and 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations. The Cooperator must maintain a complete detailed accounting system to report expenditures of Cooperative Agreement funds and accomplishments achieved under the award. Records, accounts and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission for final request for reimbursement. For ARRA funds, the provisions of 2 CFR, Part 176 apply.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Projects completed under the Public Land Corp (PLC) Act require a 25 percent nonfederal match (cash and/or in-kind services)for all entities except where an award is provided to a State government and on Indian Lands as defined in the PLC Act. A 25 percent match (cash and/or in-kind services) is required when using the PLC authority and providing assistance to a State government entity. Challenge Cost Share projects are required to follow the National Park Service's Challenge Cost Share Program Guidelines.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is provided on a project basis. Most projects are two to three months in duration depending on complexity and other factors. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Alaska Region, John Morris, 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503; Telephone: (907) 644-3372. Northeast Region, Kelly Fellner, 14 Beacon Street, Room 503, Boston, MA 02108; Telephone: (617) 227-9963. Midwest Region, Phyllis Cremonini, 601 Riverfront Drive, Omaha, NE 68102; Telephone: (402) 661-1638; National Capital Region Wendy O’Sullivan, 110 Ohio Drive S.W., Washington, DC 20242; (202) 619-7492, Intermountain Region, Nathan Souder, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, Denver, CO 80225-0287; Telephone: (303) 969-2319, Southeast Region, Priscilla Nalls, Atlanta Federal Center, 100 Alabama Street S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303; Telephone: (404) 562-5633, Pacific West Region, Charles H. Thomas, 805-370-2329.
Headquarters Office
George McDonald National Park Service, 1201 I Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Email: george_mcdonald@nps.gov Phone: (202)513-7146 Fax: (202) 371-2263
Website Address
http://www.nps.gov/youthprograms/index.html.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1035-1-1-303 - ARRA TAFS 14-1035 2009/2010; 14-1042-0-1-303.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $21,929,721; FY 15 est $20,000,000; and FY 16 est $20,000,000 - FY 14(Projected) This amount includes a specific appropriation, and other fund sources identified at individual operating units of the NPS. NPS’s largest provider of youth partnership programs was the Student Conservation Association (SCA).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $1,000.00 - $1,000,000.00
Average: $25,000.00.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
NPS Youth Programs at http://www.nps.gov/youthprograms/index.htm.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Youth corps volunteers and member completed
site improvement projects throughout the
National Park Service. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.

 



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