Natural Resource Stewardship


The Natural Resource Stewardship program is the principle means through which the NPS evaluates and improves the health of watersheds, landscapes, and marine and coastal resources, sustains biological communities on the lands and waters in parks, and actively endeavors to improve the resiliency of these natural resources and adapt them to the effects of climate change. The National Park Service (NPS) conducts natural resource stewardship largely at the park level, utilizing park personnel and contractor or cooperative support. To carry out and further this stewardship responsibility, the Service implements programs that encompass a broad range of research, operational, and educational activities.

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 80 awards were made to organizations throughout the United States.
Fiscal Year 2017 Projects evaluates and improves the health of watersheds, landscapes, marine and coastal resources, sustains biological communities both on and in waters in parks, as well as actively strives to improve the resiliency of these natural resources: COASTAL ADAPTATION IMPACTS ON JAMAICA BAY WATER QUALITY, WAVES, AND FLOODING POST-HURRICANE SANDY, NEW YORK, PARK-BASED YOUTH VEGETATION MANAGEMENT TEAM, RECOVERY OF ENDANGERED CAPE SABLE SEASIDE SPARROW IN EVERGLADES
Fiscal Year 2018 Program has not yet selected projects for funding
Fiscal Year 2019 Program has not yet selected projects for funding.
54 U.S.C. §101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds; 54 USC §101701(b) Challenge Cost-share Agreement Authority; 54 U.S.C. §101702(b) Cooperative Agreements, Cooperative Research and Training Programs; and 54 U.S.C. §101702(d)(1) Cooperative Agreements for System Unit Natural Resource Protection.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State, local, or tribal governments, other Federal agencies, other public entities, educational institutions, private nonprofit organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public
Applicant entities must have expertise in the contemplated resource management and/or research project. If applying as a nonprofit organization, proof of nonprofit status will be required. Examples of prior work in technical areas related to management and research in natural areas is required.
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. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Preapplication coordination will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, if applicable. Environmental impact assessment or statement may be required for projects within this program.
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 to 60 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.
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
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on
How may assistance be used?
Funds used for all aspects of natural resource (air, water, geological, biological) stewardship activities, including but not limited to resource inventories and monitoring, restoration projects, wildlife and plant management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Funds may not be used for acquisition of real property.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Program Performance Report
Not applicable.
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 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 complexity of project. Funds are released on a reimbursable basis as costs are incurred.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Karel Morales
1201 Eye Street NW
Washington, DC 20024 US
Phone: (202)513-7204
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$8,000,000.00; FY 19 est $8,000,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$13,645,377.00; FY 16$13,314,435.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $4,000.00 - $185,000.00 Average: $55,000.00
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. Stewardship projects that support the NPS mission at various National Parks, Sites, Trails.
Fiscal Year 2017 219 Grants were funded
Fiscal Year 2018 Data not Available
Fiscal Year 2019 Data not Available


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