Youth Conservation


Promote and stimulate public purposes such as education, job training, development of responsible citizenship, productive community involvement, and furthering the understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural resources through the involvement of local youth and young adults in the care and enhancement of public resources.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. In 2015-16, the program accomplishments include providing work opportunities for over 264 diverse youth in cooperative efforts in cultural and natural resource conservation related to Reclamation projects, including trail building, habitat restoration of native plant and aquatic species; removing invasive plants; re-vegetation; and fuels reduction and creation of fuel breaks; installing wildlife friendly fencing; habitat improvement – erosion control and wetland restoration; collecting and/or monitoring stream flows, snow pack, or soil moisture; implementing specific water conservation projects (i.e., flumes), and removal, repair, and reconstruction of boardwalks, railings, and campsite concrete pads.
Fiscal Year 2018 Information not available.
Fiscal Year 2019 Information not available.
Fiscal Year 2020 Information not available.
Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 (16 U.S.C. 1721-1730) and Youth Conservation Corps Act of 1970 (16 U.S.C. §§ 1701-07)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligibility for conservation activities is limited to qualified youth or conservation corps that are able to involve youth ages 15-25 in the 17 states west of the Mississippi river. Eligibility for the Intern Program is limited to non-profit organizations other than institutions of higher education that are capable of recruiting qualified youth interns for positions located at Reclamation offices and facilities. A qualified service and conservation corps means any program established by a State, or local government, by the governing body of any Indian tribe, or by a nonprofit organization that 1) is capable of offering meaningful, full-time, productive work for individuals between the ages of 16 and 30, inclusive, in a natural or cultural resource setting; 2) gives participants a mix of work experience, basic and life skills, education, training and support services; and 3) provides participants with the opportunity to develop citizenship values and skills through service to their community and the United States.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Youth and local communities that benefit from conservation improvements and involvement in youth programs activities on Reclamation-owned lands and facilities.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Environmental compliance for this program by the Recipient is not required. Reclamation will address all environmental compliance requirements prior to the start of activities funded under this program.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on
Award Procedure
All applications will be initially screened for eligible and compliance with the requirements stated in the program 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 opportunity announcement. Final selection will be determined by the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, or regional officials, as applicable to the project.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 90 Days.
None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information why their proposals were not selected for award.
How are proposals selected?
The Corps shall consist of individuals between the ages of 16 and 30. The Secretary is authorized to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with any qualified youth or conservation corps to perform appropriate conservation projects. The Secretary is also authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with nonprofit organizations (other than institutions of higher education) for the recruitment and placement of youth resource assistants (interns).
How may assistance be used?
Not applicable.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
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 is voluntary. 25%. This program requires a nonfederal cost-share, through cash or in-kind services, of at least 25% of the total project costs.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Master Cooperative Agreements are generally awarded for one to five years, with a reassessment of program accomplishment on an annual basis. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Robin Farrell
Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Office
P.O. Box 25007
Denver, CO 80255 US
Phone: (303)445-2632
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $4,000 to $500,000 Average: $50,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
.2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. Funded projects include National Fish and Wildlife Foundation America’s Great Outdoors grants, AmeriCorps Environmental Summer Stewards, Heart Butte and Jamestown Reservoir Boundary Fence and Habitat Improvement Project, Vegetation Fuels Management, Drought Resiliency Efforts at Various Watersheds in Montana, Trails Management, Water Quality and Hydrology Student Interns and Engineering Student Interns.
Fiscal Year 2019 Information not available.
Fiscal Year 2018 Information not available.


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