National Park Service Centennial Challenge.


The National Park Centennial Initiative is a ten year effort to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation, and public enjoyment. Project efforts will improve parks and serve all Americans, especially our nation's youth. Centennial Challenge signature projects provide no less than fifty percent (50 percent of the total cost of each project or program is derived from non-Federal sources).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No funding was provided for
this program. Fiscal Year 2015: No funding was provided for
this program. Fiscal Year 2016: The President’s budget
lists appropriations for this program.
Challenge Cost Share Provision, Public Law 104-333, 16 U.S.C.; Centennial Challenge Provision (2008), FY 2008 Appropriations Act (December 17, 2007)(see H.R. Rep. No. 110-497, Division F, Title I, to accompany H. Res. 878, at 266).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Non-federal partners may include state agencies, Tribes, local governments, non-governmental organizations, private companies, and private individuals. Non-federal partners are expected to match NPS Centennial Challenge Cost Share funds at or above 1:1 for their respective projects.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local governments, private, public, profit, nonprofit organizations and institutions who are positioned to contribute at least 50 percent of the value of projects included in the list of approved projects and which support the NPS Centennial Challenge.
Proposals that support the goals of the NPS Centennial Challenge including commitment letters from partners demonstrating ability to contribute the required match and readiness to complete the project. Proposals include description of the project, proposed budget, commitments from recipients. 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
Proposals are developed in coordination with NPS managers which are then submitted through the NPS Project Management Information System (PMIS) for priority setting by a panel who recommends to Regional Directors and the NPS Director projects for approval in accordance with Centennial Challenge priorities. The approved projects are placed on an eligible list to receive funding, when available. The NPS makes the final decisions on funding. 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. Upon determination of funded proposals by the NPS, selected applicants will complete SF-424, SF 424B Assurances for Non-Construction.
Award Procedure
Applicants/Proposals selected for funding are notified regarding the next steps to implement a project and are required to submit a project plan that outlines the project objectives and milestones and additional required documentation depending upon the method of project execution. A panel of NPS staff recommend approval to the NPS Director &/or NPS Awarding Officer, who makes the final decision on awards.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Projects eligible for funding are submitted up to 12 months in advance of funding determinations.
How are proposals selected?
Proposed projects and programs must: Provide for authorized activities to benefit one mor more of the 391 units of the National Park System; Contribute toward at least one of the five centennial overarching goas as stated in The Future of America's National Parks; Be consistent with all Federal, Department of the Interior, and the National Park Service (NPS) management policies; and park planning, compliance, and acquisition/assistance law, regulation and policy; Require little or not additional recurring NPS operating funds to be sustainable; Have a partner(s) willing to contribute at least 50% of the project cost in cash from non-Federal sources as evidenced by a letter of commitment form the partner(s); Are for projects that support specific performance goals. Priority will be given to those identified in the centennial report, such as: address a critical, high priority need of the NPS, have a ready, willing and able partner, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of park management, operations, and employees, imaginative, innovative and collaborative in meeting centennial goals, benefit multiple parks or contribute to national initiatives, produce measurable results, and consistent with Federal assistance regulations and laws.
How may assistance be used?
For the purpose of sharing costs or services in carrying out authorized functions and responsibilities of the Secretary of Interior with respect to any unit or program of the National Park System through Centennial Challenge projects within the following five areas of emphasis: Stewardship, Environmental Leadership, Recreational Experience, Educational and Professional Excellence.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. For projects under $100,000 the NPS will require a budget status update and project progress report on an annual basis. Projects over $100,000 must submit quarterly reports to the Centralized Centennial Acquisitions and Financial Assistance Team. All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with the use of Quarterly and Final Narrative Reports and the Financial Status Report SF-425. Recipients are reimbursed by using ASAP. All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with the use of Quarterly and Final Narrative Reports and the Financial Status Report SF-425. 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. The NPS will conduct reviews of a sample of Centennial Challenge projects each year to assess compliance with the program's requirements and the effectiveness of the project in advancing centennial goals. The centennial project reviews will be conducted as part of the Service's annual A-123 programmatic review process and Acquisition Management Reviews.

The recipient must maintain a complete, detailed accounting system to report expenditures of funds and accomplishments achieved under the award. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained three years after submission for final request for reimbursement.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Requested funds shall not exceed 50 percent (50 percent) of eligible projects costs and shall be made on the condition that non-Federal sources, including in-kind contributions of services or materials, provide the remainder of eligible project costs.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The project approval, execution and completion period is typically for a time period not to exceed 24 months. Specific requirements for project execution and completion are outlined in detailed project plans and budgets. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Centennial Initiative Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202 )-208-0000
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $10,000; and FY 16 est $50,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range$ 5,000.00 - $15,000.00
Average$ 10,000.00.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Future of America's National Parks, May 2007, a report to the President presenting a bold vision for our National Parks.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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