Conservation Activities by Youth Service Organizations
This program seeks to utilize qualified non-profit youth and young adult serving organizations to carry out appropriate natural and cultural resource conservation, education, volunteer service and education projects on Department of the Interior lands through authorized NPS programs. These organizations will work cooperatively with the NPS in developing and executing projects such as trail development and maintenance; historic and scientific research; interpretation; forest and timber management; archaeological conservation; native plant habitat restoration and rehabilitation. Projects can also secondarily include educational and recreational activities that have natural and cultural resource conservation components. These projects will promote and stimulate public purposes such as education, job training, development of responsible citizenship, productive community involvement, and furthering the understanding and appreciation of our nation?s natural and cultural resources through the involvement of youth and young adults.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Park Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
No information available. Various youth conservation corps received funding to carry out conservation, education and training on NPS lands with 5,120 participants.Fiscal Year 2017
850Fiscal Year 2018
Over 800 different projects were undertaken throughout the National Park Service by youth participants in youth corps programs/groups.Fiscal Year 2019
Over 800 different projects were undertaken throughout the National Park Service by youth participants in youth corps programs/groups.
16 U.S.C. 1723 (c)(1) Public Land Corps Act
54 U.S.C. 101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds
54 U.S.C. 101701(b) Challenge Cost-Share Agreement Authority
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Private non-profit institutions and organizations; public and private non-profit academic institutions; quasi-public non-profit institutions and organizations that support youth and young adult career training and development, and education in the areas of natural and/or cultural resource conservation and management.
Private non-profit institutions and organizations; public and private non-profit academic institutions; state and local government agencies; quasi-public non-profit institutions and organizations that support youth and young adult career training and development, and education in the areas of natural and/or cultural resource conservation and management. Individuals/families; students; and the general public will receive a benefit from the development and execution of these programs and projects.
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Consultation and assistance is available from the program office and financial assistance officer in advance of the application submission. No pre-application coordination is required.
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 www.grants.gov.
Proposals received in response announcements on grants.gov 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 www.grants.gov 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.
Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. 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 www.grants.gov, but will include: Qualifications of the organization or institution; 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. (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 can be used by organizations to support natural and/or cultural resource conservation projects; youth and young adult vocational/career training; natural/cultural resource conservation focused educational programming; natural resources conservation focused recreation activities (back country camping, fishing etc.). Projects must be connected to DOI/NPS lands or in support of NPS mission objectives through authorized NPS programs.
The availability of discretionary funding is determined by various NPS units and/or program offices each fiscal year.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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 mandatory. Projects completed under the Public Land Corp (PLC) Act require a 25% non-federal match (cash and/or in-kind services) as described in PLC. For those entities that do not qualify for assistance under PLC, 54 U.S.C. 101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds and 54 U.S.C. 101701 (b) Challenge Cost-Share Agreement Authority shall apply, and a 25% non-federal match will be required.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. Some projects are as long as a year. Funds are distributed after award through the ASAP payment system.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
National Park Service 1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240 US
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18 FY 19 est $38,931,797.00; FY 20 est $39,000,000.00; FY 17$37,078,851.00; FY 16$36,580,234.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $5,000 -$900,000
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. Youth corps volunteers and member completed site improvement projects throughout the National Park Service.Fiscal Year 2017
Internship Program: This project focuses on placing undergraduate and graduate students in natural and cultural resource focused positions in national parks across the nation. Conservation Crew Program: This project utilizes a crew of 6 young people and 2 young adult leaders to perform trail restoration work in a national park. Recreation/Education/Engagement Program: This project involves middle school age youth participating in outdoor recreation activities in parks across the country while also learning about the importance of clean water, habitat restoration, biology and performing volunteer service cleanup work.Fiscal Year 2018
Hundreds of youth learned about conservation and ecology through various projects across National Park Service lands.Fiscal Year 2019
Hundreds of youth learned about conservation and ecology through various projects across National Park Service lands.