Recreation and Visitor Services


Public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) provide some of the most diverse outdoor recreation opportunities on Federal lands in the western United States. The BLM?s Recreation and Visitor Services Program oversees a broad and complex set of recreation related programs, which provide a multitude of recreation opportunities and experiences. These recreation resources and visitor services support strong local economies and public land conservation. As BLM works to enhance recreational opportunities for the American family, we strive to remain a good neighbor and partner. The BLM manages recreation resources and visitor services to offer the greatest benefits possible to individuals and communities and to better enable communities to achieve their own desired social, economic, and environmental outcomes. BLM public lands?once described as ?the lands nobody wanted?? are now recognized as America?s Great Outdoors, a ?Backyard to Backcountry? treasure. They are uniquely accessible. More than 120 urban centers and thousands of rural towns are located within 25 miles of BLM lands.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Land Management, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 BLM maintained partnerships in the Tread Lightly, Leave No Trace, Interpretive programming, Recreational Fishing, Corridor Management (rivers and trails) and numerous travel and tourism activities. The program issued 205 awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 Enhanced public literacy on multiple use public land principles through education and outreach, on the ground trail restoration and improvements.
Fiscal Year 2019 No current data available.
Fiscal Year 2020 No current data available.
Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976 Section 307(b) (FLPMA) 43 U.S.C. 1737 (b)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Not applicable.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All Public Land users.
Not applicable.
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. For more information and local requirements, cooperative project proposals should be coordinated with Bureau of Land Management local State or District/Field Offices.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR, Part 200, Subpart C-Pre-Federal Award Requirements and Contents of Federal Awards. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal, budget spreadsheet, a budget narrative/breakdown, and any other requirements specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity Notice and submitted through State plan is not required for this application.
Award Procedure
All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project, but should not be more than five years. Further information will be available for each program at the time the Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes.
Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
First Level Screening -Basic Eligibility. Applications will be screened by the Grants Management Officer to ensure that applications meet basic eligibility requirements. Must meet the requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on, screening may include, but is not limited to: Program and/or legislative authority requirements are met; Submission is timely; and complete and properly executed SF-424 application package documents. B. Applications must satisfy basic eligibility screening requirements to be considered for further review. Second Level Evaluation -- Merit Review Evaluation is stated in each Notice of Funding Opportunity noticed post on Third Level Review Pre-Award Clearance and Approvals. BLM will also complete a business evaluation and determination of responsibility. During these evaluations, the Grants Management Officer will evaluate variables such as: Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, financial stability, quality of management systems, past performance meeting prior award terms and conditions, reports and findings of audits performed, and applicant's ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory or other requirements.
How may assistance be used?
Projects are used to benefit public lands administered by the BLM. Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska. Financial assistance can be used for assisting the BLM in the management, protection and/or upgrade recreational resources and related facilities, and in providing related public contact/education opportunities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Shall submit at the minimum an annual Performance Report in accordance with the 2 CFR, Part 200.328 within 90 days after the anniversary date or as indicated in the Notice of Award. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date:
Not applicable.
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions. However, most projects are funded on a year to year basis and no more than five years. Funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Division Chief
20 M Street SE
Washington, DC 20003 US
Phone: (202) 912-7256
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$3,817,749.00; FY 19 est $2,942,585.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$8,267,453.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have ranged from $2000 to $552,400. Average amounts approximately $60,000 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
BLM's recreation program is generally guided by provisions in 43 CFR Part 8000. A variety of public interest publications on these programs are available free of charge by contacting the appropriate State Office. Manuals providing basic program operational guidance for recreation (BLM Manual 8300 and 8400) may be obtained by contacting the Washington Office.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 OR-Supported the Volunteer and Visitor Services, National Historic Oregon Trail Project; OR/WA-Public Awareness Campaign, Education and Outreach Project; WO-Stewardship and Outdoor Ethics Education Project; Continue supporting Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program; Youth Public Land Resource Management and Educations Partnerships; National Trails System Development; Citizen Science Wilderness Stewardship; and Recreation area Mountain Bike Trail Partnership.
Fiscal Year 2018 AK supported the Iditarod Partnership implementation of the trail comprehensive plan. CO supported the National Conservation Area Education and Outreach project. MT supported the Blackfoot River Recreation Management Project.
Fiscal Year 2019 AZ supported the Take it Outside Outdoor Education Program MT supported the Wilderness Study Areas project.


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