Challenge Cost Share

The Challenge Cost Share Program works through cooperative partners to help accomplish high priority work to support habitat improvement, comprehensive travel management, recreation and cultural projects.

The types of projects that can be funded include monitoring and inventory of resources;

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implementing habitat improvement or projection projects; developing threatened and endangered species recovery plans; protecting, stabilizing or documenting cultural resources; travel management, including managing off-highway vehicle use; and providing enhanced recreational experiences, including visitor services, information, and facilities for public health and safety.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.

Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available.

Fiscal Year 2018: Past projects funded include monitoring and inventorying of resources; implementing habitat improvement or protection projects; developing threatened and endangered species recovery plans; protecting, stabilizing, or documenting cultural resources; travel management, including managing off-highway vehicle use and support of monitoring partnerships; providing enhanced recreational experiences including the support of friends groups in National Landscape Conservation System units, visitor services, information, and facilities for public health and safety; and supporting environmental education awareness through local events and partnership entities.

AK, Forty mile Caribou Herd Monitoring, MUSEUM Cultural Heritage, Outdoor; AZ Wildlife Water Reconstruction, REC - Travel Mgt Implementation, CUL Paleo Survey of Cascabel Area, Desert; CA CCS PTN NLCS CCNM CENCAL Stewardship,CCS REC SOUTH SPIT PARTNERS; CO NLCS: AHC/CANM ONGOING PARTNERSHIPS, CCS VEG NWCO Weed Partnership-Halogeton; ID CCS - Pocatello OHV Management, BDO Habitat Vols For Restoration.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses of Bureau of Land Management State Offices.
Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Snake River Fund $ 30,000   2012-08-012018-04-30
Shoshone-bannock Tribes Of The Fort Hall Reservation Of Idaho $ 84,590   2010-10-012015-09-30
Western Wyoming Community College District $ 52,000   2010-10-012014-06-30
Ralph Rogers $ 8,000   2009-07-012014-06-30
San Diego State University Research Foundatio $ 28,000   2007-09-272013-09-30
Fish And Game, Idaho Dept Of-$ 7,000   2009-07-012012-06-30
County Of Cassia $ 3,400   2008-09-302011-09-29
Nevada System Of Higher Education $ 60,000   2009-05-042010-04-30
Fish And Game, Idaho Dept Of $ 13,000   2009-01-012009-12-31
Fish And Game, Idaho Dept Of $ 13,600   2009-01-012009-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Past partnership projects have completed wildlife habitat improvement, protection, and restoration projects with durable lasting results, conducted wildlife studies, and developed threatened and endangered species recovery plans. Cultural resources projects have been conducted to protect and stabilize cultural sites, inventory and protecting existing collections and conduct surveys to find artifacts. Recreation projects have been conducted to build trails, obliterate road and trails, and enhance visitor recreation experiences on public lands. Recreation projects have improved and stabilized Riparian areas and washed out bridges or walkways. Overall, projects have also included support for environmental education, University research, and interactive youth initiatives based on the programs within the BLM. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

All projects are restricted to public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management or that directly benefit public lands.

Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska.

Assistance can be used to leverage funds with partners and other external funding sources to enhance the Bureau of Land Management's ability/capacity to survey, monitor and inventory resources; to restore and maintain land in a healthy condition; to support threatened and endangered species management; to manage heritage resources; to enhance recreational experiences; provide visitor services or facilities; to conduct public outreach and education projects; and to support emerging partnership opportunities.

For more specific information contact the regional or headquarters office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Not applicable.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Not applicable.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

For more information on local requirements, cooperative projects proposals should be coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management local State or District/Field Offices.

No State plan is required with the application.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 must be submitted through State plan is not required for this application.

Award Procedures

Projects are reviewed at the Bureau of Land Management 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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 1991, Public Law 101-512, Title I.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each project 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.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: This program has statutory requirement for non-federal cost share funds or in-kind service requirements. Funds are required to be cost-shared one non-federal dollar for each federal dollar per State office. The matching funds must be non-federal in origin. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Most projects are awarded for one to five year period and funded on a year-by-year basis. Funds are expended during the year awarded although carry-over monies can be distributed to additional years or to projects that have been pre-approved. No commitment is made to fund projects beyond one year and there is no set, historical allocation to each State. New and continuing projects will be re-evaluated every other year based on performance, merit, and funding availability. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the notice of award, recipients shall submit at the minimum the following reports on an annual basis within 90 days after the anniversary date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

The notice of award will detail all financial, performance, and other specific report requirements, including frequency and due dates.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly SF-425, Federal Financial Reports.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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.


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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1109-0-1-302; 14-1109-0-1-000.


(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 16 $4,804,450; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Past partnership projects have been between $5,000 to $182,000 depending on the policies of that particular state and the money available. Average amounts are $25,100 or less.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations, manuals and information about the Bureau of Land Management fish, wildlife, botany, recreation and cultural programs can be found at website

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses of Bureau of Land Management State Offices.

Headquarters Office

Program Manager and Agency Liaison, Bureau of Land Management (WO 200), 1849 C St., N.W., Room 2134LM, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 912-7203

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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