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
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 Not available
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.
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
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 18$20,000,000.00; FY 19 est $20,000,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available 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 2017 No information available.
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 2018 No information available.


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