National Park Service Conservation, Protection, Outreach, and Education


This program supports projects complementary to National Park Service program efforts in natural and cultural resource conservation, protection, and environmental sustainability. This program funds projects that support the mission of the National Park Service, but are not covered under other specific programs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Park Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No information available. Over 100 projects were funded under this program.
Fiscal Year 2017 Over 400 projects were funded
Fiscal Year 2018 Not available
Fiscal Year 2019 Project funded across parks within the National Park Service included inventory and monitoring, interpretation, transportation and resource protection.
Fiscal Year 2020 Over 100 projects were funded across all 50 states and US territories supporting the mission of the NPS while benefiting the public in areas from cultural interpretation to natural resources enhancements.
Fiscal Year 2021 Over 100 conservation, public outreach, resource protection and education projects were funded throughout the National Park Service.
Fiscal Year 2022 In Fiscal Year 2022, this listing provided funding for 83 new projects in addition to modifications to existing projects.
54 U.S.C. §101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds; 54 U.S.C. §200103(g)(1) Outdoor Recreation of Programs, Research and Education.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State, local and tribal governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
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.
Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant's qualifications for performance of the proposed project.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. Due to limited availability of funds to support new external projects, consultation with NPS is strongly recommended prior to submission of applications.
Application Procedure
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
Award Procedure
Proposals received in response announcements on 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 and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact. Generally 30 - 120 days.
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.
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
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 agreement 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Program Performance Report.
2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements
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 voluntary. 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 assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Depends on project complexity. 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
Heidi Sage National Park Service, 12795 W. Alameda Parkway , Lakewood, Colorado 80228 Email: Phone: 303-969-2065
Headquarters Office
Heidi Sage
National Park Service, 12795 W. Alameda Parkway

Lakewood, CO 80228 US
Phone: 303-969-2065
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$21,163,065.00; FY 23 est $25,000,000.00; FY 24 est $25,000,000.00; FY 21$27,553,321.00; FY 20$18,415,897.00; FY 19$19,567,542.00; FY 18$20,000,000.00; FY 17$23,656,912.00; FY 16$32,401,414.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $2,000.00 - $925,000.00 Average: $67,000.00
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms and program information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No information available. Funded projects were complementary to National Park Service program efforts in resource conservation and protection, historical preservation and environmental sustainability.
Fiscal Year 2017 No information available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No information available.
Fiscal Year 2019 Funded projects fall under the following areas: Inventory & Monitoring, Interpretive Projects, Transportation, Resource Protection Planning, Resource Protection,
Fiscal Year 2020 Projects funded range from cultural events in communities and at parks, to transportation safety efforts, environmental enhancement projects, research not covered through other programs, and resource conservation and protection.
Fiscal Year 2022 Assistance listings to cities, states, Tribal governments, research and conservation organizations, institutes of higher learning, and non-profits. Projects are diverse in nature. Examples include supporting teachers and youth service-learning organizations in utilizing National Park Service resources to enhance student learning and youth leadership development, increase public access to outdoor recreation opportunities, and/or build resiliency to changing climate conditions, and/or evolve stewardship opportunities.


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