National Park Service Conservation, Protection, Outreach, and Education
To support projects complementary to National Park Service program efforts in resource conservation and protection, historical preservation and environmental sustainability. These projects may include but are not limited to research, education, outdoor recreation and community outreach and safety. The objectives include promoting the use of culturally diverse resources and environmental advocacy in collaboration and cooperation with state, tribal, and local governments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: Over 100 projects were funded under
this program. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.
16 U.S.C. 1g – Cooperative Agreements, Title 16 – Conservation, Chapter 1 – National Parks, Military Parks, Monuments, and Seashores, Subchapter 1 – National Park Service, Section 1g – Cooperative Agreements.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State, local and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations may submit an application for support. Due to limited availability of funds to support new external projects, consultation with NPS is strongly recommended prior to submission of applications.
Profit organizations, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, and State, local and tribal governments, industry and public decision makers, research scientists, engineers, and the general public will ultimately benefit from knowledge gained under the program.
Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed project.
2 CFR Part 200, in its entirety, applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is 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. OMB Circular No. A-102; 2 CFR Parts 215, 220, 225, and 230 apply to this program. These are typically individually evaluated and funded projects; there is no annual program announcement, prospectus or other invitation for applications. The standard application form SF 424 and other forms required by OMB Circular No. A-102 and 2 CFR Part 215, or their successor(s), and the Department of the Interior regulation at 43 CFR Part 12, Subparts C and D, or its revisions. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be submitted through the internet site http//www.grants.gov or as instructed by the Contracting Officer/Agreements Officer.
Notification of an award is by receipt of a Cooperative Agreement from a National Park Service Contracting Officer/Agreements Officer.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Generally, 30 – 120 days.
How are proposals selected?
Specific criteria will be developed based on the objectives of individual projects and will be provided in Funding Opportunity Announcements. Generally, relevance to agency program goals and qualification of principle investigator and organization will be important to the acceptance of the proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Applications must be for projects within the National Park Service area of responsibility. The Secretary of the Interior must determine that appropriations for the purpose of cooperative management of projects are available and an agreement is in the best interests of the United States. Funds may not be used for acquisition of real property. Contact Headquarters Office for more information.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR Part 215 and OMB Circular No. A-102. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR Part 215 and OMB Circular No. A-102. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR Part 215 and OMB Circular No. A-102.
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.
Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 – 200.337.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Recipients may share some project or program costs. The cost-sharing arrangements are developed between NPS and the recipients in advance of the program unless otherwise stated by Congress.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative Agreements will normally be awarded in, but not restricted to, 12 month budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients request payment or draw down as needed throughout the award period in accordance with the approved budget for immediate needs.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Heidi Sage National Park Service, 12795 W. Alameda Parkway
, Lakewood, Colorado 80228 Email: Heidi_Sage@nps.gov
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $20,117,610; FY 15 est $22,263,100; and FY 16 est $23,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $2,000.00 - $925,000.00
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms and program information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Funded projects were complementary to National Park Service program efforts in resource conservation and protection, historical preservation and environmental sustainability. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.